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format file wav

What is a wav file and how do I open a wav file?

WAV, or Waveform Audio File Format files are used for storing waveform data. They allow audio recordings to be saved with different sampling rates and bitrates, often in a 44.1 KHz, 16-bit stereo format, which is the standard format used for CD audio. WAV files are similar to AIF files, but are based on the Resource Interchange File Format, rather than the Audio Interchange File Format. WAV files are most often seen on Windows computers, while AIF files are more common on Macintosh systems. Compared to the MP3 format among other digital audio data compression types, WAV files are larger because of the uncompressed digital audio content. WAV files can contain compressed audio, the most common WAV audio format is uncompressed audio in the linear pulse code modulation (LPCM) format. WAV files are able be opened and viewed using several third party applications for Linux and Mac platforms.

Uncompressed WAV files are large, therefore file sharing of WAV files over the Internet is uncommon. However, it is a commonly used file type, suitable for retaining first generation archived files of high quality, for use on a system where disk space is not a constraint, or in applications such as audio editing, when involved in compressing and uncompressing data is a concern.

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Detail wav file extension information:
File Type: wav
File Format: WAVE Audio File
Primary Association: Audio Files
Mime Type: audio/wav, audio/wave, audio/x-pn-wav, audio/x-wav