How to Convert AIFF to WAV on a Mac

by Marshal M. Rosenthal

Microsoft's WAV proprietary audio format is widely used because it is common throughout the PC world and will play on almost any media player. So if you want to be compatible with PCs as well as Macs, it's easier to have all your audio formats (such as MP3 and AIFF) converted over to WAV.

1

Go to the "Applications" folder and double-click on the "QuickTime 7" Pro icon.

2

Go to the QuickTime File menu at the top of the screen and select "Open File" from the drop-down menu. Select the audio file and click "Open" to load in the file. This will bring up a small horizontal QuickTime window with the name of the song at the top.

3

Select the "File" menu at the top of the screen again and then select "Export" from the window that appears.

4

Select "Sound to Wave" from the drop-down menu.

5

Click the "Save" button and save the WAV file to the hard drive.

Tip

  • Those not wishing to use QuickTime can find a number of free software programs that will convert audio files to WAV.

Warning

  • Some audio files have digital rights management (DRM). This makes them copy-protected and so they cannot be converted.

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About the Author

Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."

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