Was wondering if it would be considered to add the ability to export audio to AIFF & M4A formats (personally only care about the M4A)
I understand that these two formats may not necessarily common to save to but here is some information / possible benefits that might be useful to others (in no particular order).
1.) If using Ardour in more of an audio editor type of situation where you want to remain in the same audio format as the original file you are editing.
2.) Similar to the first one, this would make it so that users do not have to save to a different audio format and then have to convert all the results in a separate program back to their original format, which not only are extra steps but could also affect the quality of the audio files.
3.) I know there are more audio formats but if you look at Ardour being available for Linux, Windows & Mac when you think about it each OS has a standard higher quality and a compressed audio file format they support.
Linux = FLAC & OGG
Windows = WAV & MP3
Mac = AIFF & M4A
Being that Ardour has a Mac version this might be helpful to those users, but even if not specifically a Mac user, some might have to collaborate with others that are.
4.) Apple products (computers, labtops, phones, tablets, ipods, etc.) all seem to use M4A format so this would allow seemless integration with all of them.
5.) The program Audacity, a free audio editor allows importing and exporting of M4A due to its implementation of FFMPEG. They do this in a way where they allow the user to install FFMPEG and make decision what they can import and export. This is probably one of the only things Audacity can do over Ardour.
I have seen mentioned that Ardour already uses FFMPEG, which as mentioned above supports import and export of AIFF & M4A so at least the main functionality is available to Ardour already.
I am sure there are other reasons but I think this is a good start.
Thank You for anyone who takes the time to read this and for possibly considering its implementation.