How to Convert a Sound File to WAV


WAV files, which have a ".wav" file extension, are standard audio files for PC Windows users, and common for Mac users. If you want to convert a more common audio file such as an MP3 or an AIFF the WAV format, both iTunes and Apple's QuickTime Player can easily convert and/or re-compress your audio. Users may want to use iTunes if they want to retain both files in a simple library setting. QuickTime is better suited for editing purposes, as users can add audio tracks to video or cut and paste their WAV files after conversion.

Things You'll Need

  • iTunes Player (see Resource 1)
  • QuickTime Player (see Resource 2)

iTunes WAV Conversion

  • Download and install iTunes. Agree to the licensing terms and open.

  • Click "File" at the top of your toolbar and select "Add to Library..."

    Locate your sound file in the finder window and open.

  • Click "iTunes" and "Preferences."

    Click the "Import Settings" bar in the lower right-hand corner.

  • Select the "WAV Encoder" option in the "Import Using:" icon bar.

    Click "Ok" and exit back to the iTunes library.

  • Right-click your sound file in the iTunes library.

    Select "Create WAV Version." Your new WAV will appear below your old file.

QuickTime WAV Conversion

  • Download QuickTime Player. Install, agree to the terms of use, and open.

  • Click "File" and "Open File..." Locate your sound file.

    Click "Open." Your sound file will appear in its own player window.

  • Click "File" and select "Export..."

    Rename your file so you don't overwrite your old file.

  • Select "Sound to Wave" in the "Export:" icon bar. Your file extension will now read ".wav."

    Click "Save."

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