Can iPhone play Opus music files? Nothing found on the web or here.




Update Nov 2017:
Opus is now included in iOS 11.

iOS 11 and Android Spearhead Universal Support For Opus Audio Codec, MP3’s Overdue Successor

Judging by this conversation on the Apple forums, it seems unlikely an iPhone can use the format directly.

Since Opus is not compatible with most popular players and devices so far, it's absolutely impracticable, no matter directly play Opus files on Windows Media Player, Android, PS3, Xbox 360 and iTunes or sync Opus to iPhone, iPod, iPad via iTunes, or edit these Opus in iMovie and QuickTime.

Under the circumstances, the best solution is to convert Opus to MP3 and other more compatible audio formats in order to play or edit Opus in the above popular players and devices.

One of the posters mentioned that Adapter (freeware) can convert then to a playable format, MP3, AAC etc.

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    This rather sounds like an excuse of proprietary software to not play open standard sound codecs. Sophisticated players/tools like vlc and ffmpeg can handle it. Android supports it since 2014 (5.0) too. – ManuelSchneid3r Jan 25 '17 at 10:30
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    Android supports Flash too... & all the issues that has caused over the years. What is it you're trying to say, & have you considered whether this is the best place to say it? – Tetsujin Jan 25 '17 at 10:33
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    He's saying Apple is too proud to use an open file format. Flash is a scripted language while Opus is just data so it's not a valid comparison. It's more like Apple refusing to support JPG or GIF. – Chloe Aug 8 '17 at 17:07
  • There's a clear distinction between refusing & not bothering. Refusing to support jpg would be folly, not bothering to support some barely-used codec is just saving on support costs. – Tetsujin Aug 8 '17 at 17:18
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    @Tetsujin "some barely-used codec" YouTube uses it in almost all its newer videos. It's ~2× better than MP3 for a given bitrate. – Geremia Nov 4 '17 at 20:09

Yes, apps on iPhone can play .opus files, but you'll still have to use a 3rd party player on macOS to play the file. That just means that Apple's QuickTime still doesn't support the format as of January 2, 2019.

This format is used in common apps such as WhatsApp to communicate audio recordings between users. Support for this codec has been present in some common (and awesome) A/V software like VLC for several years while some of the biggest players in the hardware/software game are still only adding rudimentary support. There are conversion utilities/applications readily available on the web - just do a simple google search to find what you're looking for.

  • for some reason I can't find any sample .opus files to verify this. Even the "opus encoded" files on www.opus-org/examples are stored in un-encoded .wav files (of 1MB) - probably to make them playable on any browser. How can I be sure .opus files are playable on iOS? – Motti Shneor Jan 17 at 12:46

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