ACT (audio format)

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ACT audio file
Filename extension.act[1]
Developed byActions Semiconductor
Type of formataudio file
Standardmost Chinese MP3 and MP4 players

ACT is a lossy ADPCM 8 kbit/s compressed audio format recorded by most Chinese MP3 and MP4 players with a recording function, and voice recorders.

Many models of recorder that use the ACT format do so only for their lowest-quality recording setting; if the quality setting is increased then a different format, typically WAV, is used, creating much larger files.

There are different versions of ACT; files produced by later devices could not as of June 2009 be read by any free standard audio player and converter software, only by the supplied MP3 utilities.

Decoding .act files[edit]

Using Windows[edit]

Devices which record in this format are usually supplied with an ACT to WAV converter program that runs under Microsoft Windows; the converter usually used can be downloaded as part of MP3 Player Utilities. Konvertor ( can play and convert the format too.

Act files can be converted by numerous programs, such as Bigasoft Audio Converter, iDealshare VideoGo, etc.

Using Linux[edit]

Linux command-line utility SoX supports .act files. The following command converts an .act file to another format:

sox -i -r8k -tima -c1 infile.act outfile