Originally Posted By: Ken.C
Anyone know how it works on the Mac?

Apple software uses CoreAudio -- which is billed as professional grade. Here are a few quotes from the doc I linked below:

Most Core Audio constructs manipulate audio data in linear pulse-code-modulated (linear PCM) format.... Core Audio generally expects audio data to be in native-endian 32-bit floating-point linear PCM format.

Supported file and data formats

Here are the developer docs.
I can explain it to you but I can't understand it for you.