There are 2 file types use the .WAV file extension:
1. WAVE Audio File
A WAV file is an audio file saved in the WAVE format, a standard digital audio file format utilized for storing waveform data. WAV files may contain audio recordings with different sampling rates and bitrates but are often saved in a 44.1 kHz, 16-bit, stereo format, which is the standard format used for CD audio.
You can open WAV files with various programs in Windows, macOS, and Linux. Microsoft Windows Media Player (bundled with Windows), Microsoft Groove Music (bundled with Windows), and Apple iTunes (bundled with macOS) can open WAV files.
You can also open the audio files with third-party applications, such as VideoLAN VLC media player (multiplatform), Clementine (multiplatform), Eltima Elmedia Player (macOS), and olimsoft OPlayer (iOS).
|antvplayer Media Converter||Freeware|
|Apple QuickTime Player||Freeware|
|Eltima Elmedia Player||Freeware|
|File Viewer for Android||Free+|
|File Viewer Plus||Free Trial|
|Microsoft Groove Music||Bundled|
|Microsoft Windows Media Player||Bundled|
|Microsoft Windows Music — Discontinued||Included|
|Other music player|
|RealNetworks RealPlayer 20/20||Free+|
|VideoLAN VLC media player||Open Source|
|Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate||Commercial|
Updated: November 10, 2020
2. DTS-WAV File
File created by DTS audio programs, which are used to author stereo music and surround sound music CDs; contains audio data for multiple channels; can only be played by programs that support DTS-WAV encoding.
Updated: July 29, 2009