WMA file extension

Below you'll find information on
known file type that uses the .WMA file extension.

Windows Media Audio File
Extension Added: June, 14th 2013
Last Updated: June, 14th 2013

Category:Audio Files
Popularity: (Very common)

Audio file created using the Windows Media compression method. The WMA file format was developed as an alternative to the more popular MP3 format.

Both WMA and MP3 formats are lossy and sacrifice audio quality in exchange for lower file size. The Windows Media compression method uses a “perceptual coding” approach, altering audio parts that aren’t within the hearing range of most people.

This results in small files but with good audio quality. WMA files can be converted to other lossy audio formats. The WMA file format was developed by Microsoft and is a proprietary format.