DSS File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a DSS file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .DSS files.

What is a DSS file?

The .dss file extension is used for an audio file format that was created by Olympus Corporation for one of their hardware products. Files in the DSS file format are also known as Olympus DSS voice files. These .dss files are generated by the built-in tools that are embedded in Olympus Digital Video Recorder devices.High compression methods are integrated into these DSS files. The "DSS" in the .dss file extension stands for Digital Speech Standard. The DSS file format is mainly used to transmit voice files as attachments in emails without affecting its overall audio playback quality.These .dss files can be opened and viewed using the Olympus DSS Player Lite software. Although much smaller than standard WAV files, these DSS files still possess high playback quality. On average, a DSS file is 12 to 20 times smaller than standard WAV voice files.

How to open DSS files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension DSS for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different DSS openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension DSS

While we know of one file format using the .DSS file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .DSS file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of DSS files. Remember, different programs may use DSS files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

WavePad Sound EditorWavePad Sound EditorUser submitted
Pixillion Image ConverterPixillion Image ConverterUser submitted
Express ZipExpress ZipUser submitted
Switch Sound File ConverterSwitch Sound File ConverterUser submitted
VideoPadVideoPadUser submitted
Express RipExpress RipUser submitted
Zulu DJ SoftwareZulu DJ SoftwareUser submitted
SoundTap Streaming Audio RecorderSoundTap Streaming Audio RecorderUser submitted
WavePad Audio-EditorWavePad Audio-EditorUser submitted
VideoPad Video-EditorVideoPad Video-EditorUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with DSS-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with DSS-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!