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Comes 2911 - Foot in mouth moment
Authored by: rcsteiner on Monday, August 13 2012 @ 05:09 PM EDT
Everything you ever wanted to know about the .WAV format.

"Proprietary format developed by Microsoft and IBM as part of the Resource Interchange File Format (RIFF) for Windows 3.1. Incorporated into Broadcast Wave standard."

Source:WAVE Audio File Format

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-Rich Steiner >>>---> Mableton, GA USA
The Theorem Theorem: If If, Then Then.

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Audio CD file format, WAV, and AIFF
Authored by: bugstomper on Monday, August 13 2012 @ 05:39 PM EDT
Excerpt from http://www.fileinfo.com/help/cd_audio
WAVE and AIFF are two audio formats that support 44.1 KHz, 16-bit, stereo audio, which is the standard audio specification used by audio CDs. They are also encoded with pulse code modulation (PCM), which is the same encoding used by CD audio tracks. Therefore, WAV and AIF files can be easily converted to audio tracks when burned to a CD.

The WAVE and AIFF formats are very similar, but they use different file headers. Since the headers are stripped away when the audio data is converted to CD audio, both file types are a good choice for creating audio CDs.

[...]

Since the AIFF format is so similar to the audio CD format, the tracks on an audio CD actually appear as AIFF files when you load an audio CD into a Mac. This means you can copy the tracks to your hard drive by simply dragging them from the CD window to your desktop.

[...]

In Windows, audio CD tracks show up as .CDA files. These are shortcuts to tracks on the CD, which do not contain audio data. Instead CDA files instruct the computer which audio track to play on a CD. Therefore, if you drag a CDA file to your desktop, it will only produce a shortcut. To import audio from a CD, you will need to use a program like Windows Media Player or iTunes.

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