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WAV Format

WAVE or WAV, short for Waveform Audio File Format, (rarely also named Audio for Windows) is a Microsoft and IBM audio file format standard for storing an audio bitstream on PCs.

File Format Description

WAV is an audio file format that was developed by Microsoft. It is so wide spread today that it is called a standard PC audio file format. A Wave file is identified by a file name extension of WAV (.wav). Used primarily in PCs, the Wave file format has been accepted as a viable interchange medium for other computer platforms, such as Macintosh. This allows content developers to freely move audio files between platforms for processing, for example.

Uncompressed WAV files are quite large in size, so, as file sharing over the Internet has become popular, the WAV format has declined in popularity. However, it is still a widely used, relatively "pure", i.e. lossless, file type, suitable for retaining "first generation" archived files of high quality, or use on a system where high fidelity sound is required and disk space is not restricted.

WAV Playback Problem

If you want to play WAV songs on iTunes, or on devices like iPhone (iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPone 4S, iPhone 4, etc), Samsung Galaxy Series (S5, S4, S3), etc, you'll encounter problems since WAV is not recognized by them. If you are playing WAV songs on Mac OS, you can choose another media player which supports WAV foramt instead of iTunes. But if you want to play WAV songs on iPhone, Samsung, etc, converting WAV to another supported audio format can be a best choice.

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