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.WMA File Extension

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File TypeWindows Media Audio File

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CategoryAudio Files


This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.


Audio file compressed with Windows Media compression; proprietary format developed by Microsoft, similar to the .MP3 format; can be converted to other more standardized formats; often used for playing music from the Web; Windows Media video files use a .WMV extension.

More Information

Microsoft's Zune portable music player and the Disney Mix Stick MP3 Player can play WMA files. They cannot be played on an iPod.

NOTE: Microsoft Windows Media Player 9 was the last version of the Windows Media Player developed for Mac OS X. However, Mac users can use Flip4Mac WMV (also known as Microsoft Windows Media Components for QuickTime) to play WMA files.

Program(s) that open .WMA files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
Microsoft Windows Music
Microsoft Windows Media Player
Microsoft Groove Music
Nullsoft Winamp
Roxio Creator NXT Pro 3
ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre
Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate
Web browser
with the Windows Media Player plugin
Mac OS X LogoMac
ShedWorx Smart Converter
Apple QuickTime Player with Flip4Mac WMV Components
Web browser
with theFlip4Mac WMV plugin
iOS LogoiOS
olimsoft OPlayer
Updated 9/17/2015