The uncompressed Wave audio file format used with Microsoft Windows. Waveform Audio File Format or WAV is an audio file format developed by Microsoft and IBM. It first appeared in 1991. WAVE files have a WAV or WAVE extension at the end of the file name. Files in this format are therefore universally considered WAV files. A WAV file can contain both compressed and uncompressed audio.

The most common WAV files are uncompressed, so WAV is often seen as a lossless audio format that maintains high sound quality. This file type is also used in radio stations.

Although WAV is mostly used in an uncompressed form, it still supports lossy compression and Audio Compression Manager can be used for this.
A WAV file contains not only the audio portion, the file also contains information including mono or stereo specification, bit depth, sampling frequency and number of songs.

WAV is a RIFF (Resource Interchange File Format), a common content format variant that stores audio and video in tagged stacks.
The maximum file size of WAV files is 4GB. Files larger than this limit will not support encryption in this format.


Uncompressed WAV files have lossless sound quality. It is supported on both Windows and Macintosh operating systems, so it can be played on these platforms without any problems. At the same time, editing and modifying such files is easy as they do not require any encryption or decryption.


Large file size will be a cause for concern if you don't have enough free space on your devices. This has also made WAV files limited on the internet.