WAV format stands for Waveform Audio File format is one of the simplest file format used for storing audio information that can play uncompressed digital audio. It is based on the Resource Interchange File Format (RIFF) that stores the audio files in indexed “chunks” and “sub-chunks”.
WAV format was invented by jointly IBM and Microsoft. These files usually contain raw, uncompressed audio data, information about the file's number of tracks (that includes mono or stereo), sample rate, and bit depth. They are most commonly used on Windows PCs. Apple’s version of WAV file is known as Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF) and was released in 1988 for Macintosh computers.
File Extension of WAV: .wav
MIME type: audio/x-wav
WAV file format incorporates lossless compression technique, when it should hold compressed data. Lossless technique means that it can store the audio without compromising in its audio quality even when it holds the compressed data.
WAV files are stored as an audio data in small chunks that creates a continuous audio file from individual bits of information. It mainly contains three chunks of information:
Programs that play WAV files:
On Windows: Microsoft Windows Music, Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, VLC media player, Winamp Media Player, Video Converter Ultimate etc.
Mac OS: Apple iTunes, QuickTime Player, VLC media player, real player and others
Advantages of WAV file
Drawbacks of WAV file
Even though these WAV files can copy and save the music exactly as the original track without any flaws, there are few disadvantages associated, they are:
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