How to Convert WMA Files to WAV

By Lois Green, 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, many software and devices, including Android phone, iPhone, Mac, cannot play WMA audio files.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, are similar to .AIF files, which are based on the Resource Interchange File Format (RIFF). WAV files are more common on 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 audio converter or Windows Media Player.

Solution 1: Convert WMA to WAV with A Audio Converter

FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate 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 converter to convert WMA, WAV to MP3 and more.

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

1. Download and install audio converter

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2. Import WMA files

Click "Add File" on the top tool bar 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.

Import WMA Files

3. Choose WAV as output file

Click "Profile" line, which leads to an output format window. Then, choose "WAV – Waveform Audio (* .WAV)" from the "Lossless Audio" category. You can also choose other audio format, such as converting WMA to MP3, FLAC, AIFF or AAC.

Choose WAV as Output Audio Format

4. Start conversion

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

Start Converting WMA to WAV

Solution 2: Convert WMA to WAV Using Windows Media Player

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.


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

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