WMA stands for Windows Media Audio and refers to an audio compression format that was implemented by Microsoft as a part of the Windows Media group; the term WMA is used to refer to both the audio format and its associated codecs. Originally the WMA format was created to compete with the more popular RealAudio and MP3 formats, and was a lossy audio format; there is a lossless version however, which is called WMA Lossless which maintains the fidelity of the original audio file.
WAV stands for Waveform Audio File Format and is a joint-creation of Microsoft and IBM intended for storing audio streams on computers; WAV is the format that is mostly used on the Windows operating system by default for handling ray, uncompressed audio files but the way it works is similar to the way that the 8SVX and AIFF formats used on Amiga and Macintosh computers work. WAV files don’t have information fields such as the artist, album, year, etc. as do most other formats, so it can be a little difficult to find information about WAV files. WAV files are huge in comparison to most other formats and therefore are not the best for file sharing purposes; however WAV files are still commonly used because WAV is a lossless format and it provides high quality sound.
You may find yourself in a situation where you need to convert from the WMA to WAV format; here are the tools you need and the steps to take to do this.
THINGS YOU WILL NEED
• PC or laptop
• Conversion software
1. Create a folder in an easily accessible place such as the desktop area of your PC
2. Locate the WMA files that you would like to convert
3. Copy all the WMA files that you want converted to the newly created folder
4. Download and install a conversion application. Free solutions include Format Factory and Media Coder.
5. Open the program that you installed and drag the files from the new folder into the application interface.
6. Choose the WAV format as the output format when prompted or after adding all the files.
7. Hit the button to start the conversion process and wait for the conversion to be completed.
8. Once completed open the output folder manually or from within the program if supported.
9. The output folder should now have all your converted files with the same file name as the original WMA
DO’S AND DON’TS
Do not use protected WMA files as these may not be possible to convert. In order to convert these files one would have to remove the copy protection known as DRM or Digital Rights Management from the WMA files prior to conversion.
Delete the folder that was created once you are satisfied that the files were successfully converted by opening them with a player program or whichever other application you had planned to use.
Don’t try to convert files larger than 4 GB to the WAV format as the WAV format is limited to files smaller than this.