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How to Convert WMA Files to WAV

author Lois Green
date Wednesday, November 8, 2017

"Anyone knows of any audio converter software that can convert WMA files to WAV without any loss of quality, namely lossless conversion?"

Converting from a .wma files to .wav is technically un-compressing it since WAV is a lossless audio format. There could be quality loss during the WMA to WAV conversion. And to maintain the quality of sound, you should use a professional WMA to WAV converter, which converts WMA files to WAV losslessly. Here we will introduce two WAV converters for you to convert WMA to WAV or vice versa.

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Windows Media Audio is an audio format and an audio codec. Developed by Microsoft to compete with MP3, WMA, however, is not as popular as MP3. While WMA is widely adopted by many websites, devices including Android phones, iPhone, and Mac, cannot play WMA audio files by default. Therefore, many users need to convert WMA files to WAV, MP3, etc. which are more commonly used. There are 4 versions of the WMA codec: WMA, WMA Pro, WMA Lossless, WMA Voice.


Waveform Audio File Format is similar to AIF files, which are based on the Resource Interchange File Format (RIFF). WAV files are more common on the Windows system. Since WAV audio files are uncompressed, the files are usually large in size but keep a good quality of sound. WAV is widely supported by different players and devices.

To convert WMA to WAV or convert WAV to WMA, you can use a professional WMA to WAV converter or Windows Media Player.

Solution 1: Convert WMA to WAV with A Audio Converter

FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate (opens new window) is a decent audio & video converter to convert the Windows Media Audio (WMA), Windows Media Audio Lossless to WAV/WAVE. If you want, you can also use the audio converter to turn a WMA file to MP3, transform WAV to MP3, convert FLAC to WAV, Convert AIFF to WAV, and more.

The converter supports converting .wma to .wav on Windows 10/8/7 and Mac.

Here are details on how to use the audio converter to change WMA files to WAV.

1. Download and install the audio converter

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2. Import WMA files

Click "Add Files" on the top toolbar to import WMA files into the program. Then, set up the output folder at the bottom of the program window by browsing. Make sure there is enough free space in your containing folder. To batch convert, WMA file to WAV, click the "Add folder" to add multiple .wav files.

Import WMA Files

3. Choose WAV as the output file

Click the "Convert All to" drop-down list, which leads to an output format window. Then, choose "WAV" from the "Audio" category. You can also choose other audio formats, such as converting WMA to MP3 (opens new window), FLAC, AIFF or AAC.

Choose WAV as Output Audio Format

4. Start conversion

Now click "Convert All" to start WMA to WAV conversion.

Start Converting WMA to WAV

Solution 2: Convert WMA to WAV Using Windows Media Player

If you are on a Mac, unfortunately, you cannot convert WMA to WAV with iTunes. And Audacity doesn't support WMA to WAV conversion without extra tools.

But if you are using a Windows PC, using Windows Media Player is another popular method to convert WMA to WAV format. Before starting, you need to prepare a blank CD.

  1. Launch Windows Media Player on your computer.

  2. Select "Burn" and drag the WMA files you need to convert to the "Burn List" located on the right-hand side of the application window.

  3. Open the DVD/CD-R drive on your computer and insert a blank CD-R. Then, click the "Start Burn" menu button.

  4. Click "Rip Settings" and then "Format" menu. Now, you can choose the "WAV" format to rip and convert WMA to WAV.

  5. Select the "Rip CD menu" button and the files will be converted to WAV and saved to the CD.

Windows Media Player Rip Music


Both of the solutions are quite simple. If you don't have a blank CD or you're using a Mac computer, you can convert WMA files to WAV with FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate (opens new window). Besides converting audio files, you can also use this software to convert video files. Download and have a try.

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