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WAV File Format

Waveform sound (Microsoft Windows)

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WAV is a file extension for an audio file format created by Microsoft. The WAV file has become a standard PC audio file format for everything from system and game sounds to CD-quality audio.

Also referred to as  pulse code modulation (PCM) or waveform audio, a WAV file is uncompressed audio. A Wave file also stores information about the file's number of tracks, sample rate, bit depth, and whether it's mono or stereo.

 

MIME type: audio/wav, audio/x-wav, audio/wave, audio/x-pn-wav

 

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See questions and answers about audio at ITKnowledgeExchange.com.

Wikipedia has an entry about wave files.

This was last updated in July 2010
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I have a new iMac desktop, I am learning how to use it. I found a CD conversion program, where they list 19 different audio file formats. MP3 - WAV - APE - FLAC - AC3 - MP2 - MPA and so on... I have to learn about these, since I have received a music CD from my lady friend who is a piano teacher. This is her own piano play and her own CD recording from Europe. Initially I was unable to play her CD on my new iMac. I was planning to do a conversion of the audio CD. Now I know there is no need to do that. Best regards, John
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