Opening WAV files

Did your computer fail to open a WAV file? We explain what WAV files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your WAV files.

What is a WAV file?

WAV files are files saved in the Waveform Audio File Format. This file format is the standard digital audio format that is used to store waveform data on computers. The WAV format is a Microsoft and IBM audio file format.

You can use WAV files to record audio files that can be saved with different sampling and bitrates. The files that contain the .wav file extension are similar to AIF files, but WAV files are based on the Resource Interchange File Format and not the Audio Interchange File Format.

The WAV file format is the most commonly used audio format on Microsoft Windows operating systems. The files usually contain raw, uncompressed audio data.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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