Open wav file

wav file icon Did your computer fail to open wav file? We explain what wav files are and recommend software that we know can open your wav files.

What is wav file?

A wav file extension is associated with the Wave Form Audio container file format. It is used to store sounds as waveforms.

wav file description

The wav file extension is traditionally used for one of the most common audio files - WAV.

Windows uses the Wave Form Audio (WAV) file format to store sounds as waveforms. One minute of Pulse Code Modulation (PCM)-encoded sound can occupy as little as 644 kilobytes (KB) or as much as 27 megabytes (MB) of storage.

This size of the storage space depends on the sampling frequency, the type of sound (mono or stereo), and the number of bits that are used for the sample.

Similar to the AVI and ASF format, WAV is only a file container. Audio content that is compressed with a wide variety of codecs and that is stored in a wav file can be played back in Windows Media Player if the appropriate codecs are installed on the computer.

The most common audio codecs that are used in wav files include Microsoft Adaptive Differential Pulse Code Modulation (MS ADPCM) and uncompressed Pulse Code Modulation (PCM).

MIME types:
application/x-wav
audio/wav
audio/x-wav

Software that will open wav file

Microsoft Windows Media Player

The default multimedia player from Microsoft Windows

Apple iTunes for Windows

Multimedia file manager and library for Apple users


What file extension actually is?

Simply put, file extensions are the characters after the dot in the file name, so for example filename.mp3 has file extension „mp3“. This helps Windows to identify which program should be used to open the file.

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