How Do I Play a WAV File on a PC?by Steve McDonnell
A WAV file contains raw sound, such as a ring tone, a song, a podcast or a sound effect. You can play a WAV file by double-clicking the file or by right-clicking the file and choosing "Play." Windows uses the default media player designated for WAV files, which is Windows Media Player, unless you've changed it. However, any media player can play a WAV file, including Real Player, VLC and QuickTime.
Converting WAV to MP3
Because WAV files contain raw sound data, they can be very large, so it's not the ideal format for storing music on a music player with a limited amount of memory. Most songs you purchase and download are converted into a format such as MP3, which compresses the WAV file to make it smaller, but in a way that preserves the sound quality. An MP3 file can be 15 times smaller than the WAV file from which it's created.
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