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WAV, WAVE Audio (.wav)

 

The .wav file format

WAV are audio files playable via multimedia playback software such as Windows Media Player and similar softwars.WAV files contain any sounds like sound effects, spoken words and music. WAV files are large in size that is why they are becoming less popular and less common. WAV was created and developed by IBM and Microsoft. WAV files do not use a form of lossy compression unlike MP3 and MP4

 

.wav technical details

WAV files are the standard digital audio format in Windows. 8 bit or 16 bit samples can be taken at rates of 11 025Hz, 22 050Hz and 44 100Hz using .wav extension. All general windows sounds like when you log out are in the WAV format. Although WAV files can store compressed formats such as MP3, the default content of a WAV file is Uncompressed.

 

Additional information about WAV file format

File extension .WAV
File category AUDIO
Useful links http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/formats/fdd/fdd000001.shtml#identification
File conversion Convert a file to WAV
Developer Microsoft & IBM
Associated programs Ciber Link Power Director
Roxio creater 2009
Microsoft Windows Media Player