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.WMA File Extension

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.

What is a WMA file?

A WMA file is an audio file saved in the Advanced Systems Format (ASF) proprietary format developed by Microsoft. It contains Windows Media Audio and metadata objects such as the title, artist, album, and genre of the track. WMA files are similar to .MP3 files and primarily used for streaming music from the web.

More Information

ASF is Microsoft's proprietary digital audio and video container format. If it contains Windows Media Video instead of Windows Media Audio it uses the .WMV extension. WMA and WMV files are the same as .ASF files but are more commonly used.

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. Windows Media video files use a .WMV extension.

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Programs that open WMA files
File Viewer Plus
Microsoft Windows Music
Microsoft Windows Media Player
Microsoft Groove Music
Nullsoft Winamp
ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre
Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate
Web browser
with the Windows Media Player plugin
ShedWorx Smart Converter
Apple QuickTime Player with Flip4Mac WMV Components
Web browser
with theFlip4Mac WMV plugin
Eltima Elmedia Player
olimsoft OPlayer
Updated 7/26/2016

About the file extension wma

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