WMA File - opening and understanding

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

What is a WMA file?

A .WMA file is a Windows Media Audio file. WMA is an acronym for Windows Media Audio. The files that contain the .wma extension are audio files that are used mostly for music. The WMA file format is proprietary to Microsoft. WMA files are compressed, similar to MP3 files.

WMA files are usually used to play music and other audio over the Internet or on a portable audio device. However, unlike MP3 files, WMA files cannot be used on Ipod or Iphone devices. The Microsoft Zune was one of the portable audio devices that can use the proprietary WMA file format to play music and other audio recordings, such as audiobooks.

How to open WMA 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 WMA for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension WMA

While we know of one file format using the .WMA 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 .WMA file.

Various viewers for this file format

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

Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
WavePad Sound EditorWavePad Sound EditorUser submitted
Any Video ConverterAny Video ConverterUser submitted
WavePad Audio-EditorWavePad Audio-EditorUser submitted
Switch Sound File ConverterSwitch Sound File ConverterUser submitted
VideoLAN VLC media playerVideoLAN VLC media playerUser submitted
Microsoft Windows Media PlayerMicrosoft Windows Media PlayerUser submitted
RealPlayerRealPlayerUser submitted
WinampWinampUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with WMA-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 WMA-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!