WAV

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File Format
Name WAV
Ontology
Extension(s) .wav
.wave
MIME Type(s) audio/x-wav
audio/vnd.wave
audio/wav
audio/wave
audio/x-pn-wav
LoCFDD fdd000001
fdd000002
fdd000356
fdd000357
PRONOM fmt/6, fmt/142
Released 1991

The Waveform Audio File Format (WAV or WAVE) is a widely used audio format, originally developed by Microsoft and IBM and based on the RIFF wrapper format. The usual audio encoding in a .wav file is LPCM, considered an 'uncompressed' encoding. Because of large file sizes, WAV is not well-suited for distributing audio such as songs or podcasts. WAV is used in MS-Windows to store sounds used in applications. It is also used as an archival format for first-generation (master) files, often with a metadata chunk as specified in the Broadcast Wave (BWF) standard.

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