.WMA File Extension

Windows Media Audio File

Developer Microsoft
Popularity
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Category Audio Files
Format Binary

What is a WMA file?

A WMA file is an audio file saved in the Advanced Systems Format (ASF) container format developed by Microsoft. It stores audio data encoded in the Windows Media Audio (WMA), WMA Pro, WMA Lossless, or WMA Voice codecs. WMA files also include metadata objects such as the title, artist, album, and track genre.

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WMA files are similar to .MP3 files and are primarily used for streaming music on the web. However, they may also store other types of audio besides music, including voice narration and sound effects.

WMA files utilize Microsoft's proprietary ASF container format, which supports audio and video data. A file utilizing the ASF container format that contains video and audio data, may bear the .asf file extension (.ASF file).

However, WMA and .WMV files, which feature the ASF container format, are more common than ASF files. Typically, files that only store audio data encoded in one of the WMA codecs in the ASF container format have the .wma file extension (WMA files). Furthermore, a file that stores video and audio data in the ASF container format often bears the .wmv file extension (WMV file).

How to open a WMA file

You can open WMA files with various audio players, including Microsoft Groove Music and Microsoft Windows Media Player (both are bundled with Windows), VideoLAN VLC media player (multiplatform), Audacious (Linux), and Nullsoft Winamp (Windows).

Several mobile apps can also play WMA files, including WMA Music Player (Android) and olimsoft OPlayer (iOS).

How to convert a WMA file

Various audio players and editors, such as VideoLAN VLC media player and Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate, can convert WMA files to other audio formats.

For example, VLC media player can convert WMA audio to the following formats:

  • .MP3 - MP3 Audio
  • .OGG - Ogg Vorbis Audio
  • .FLAC - Free Lossless Audio Codec
  • .WAV - WAVE Audio
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Updated June 3, 2022

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