Audio file compressed with Windows Media compression; proprietary format developed by Microsoft, similar to the .MP3 format; can be converted to other more standardized formats; often used for playing music from the Web; Windows Media video files use a .WMV extension.Microsoft's Zune portable music player and the Disney Mix Stick MP3 Player can play WMA files. They cannot be played on an iPod.
A WMA file extension is an acronym for Windows Media Audio, a lossy, compressed audio file container developed by Microsoft. It was designed to compete directly with MP3 and RA formats. WMA files use the Advanced Systems Format (ASF) to include compressed audio using a codec for Windows Media Audio. Since the file type is a container file, it can include both audio data as well as metadata like the artist's name and the title of the track. In addition to Windows Media Player, WMA files can be converted to other types of audio files for play on the internet with appropriate audio conversion software. WMA files can be played on Microsoft Zune portable players and Disney Mix Stick players. They cannot be played on an iPod.
Microsoft Windows Media Player, Microsoft Zune, Nullsoft Winamp Media Player 5.6, Roxio Creator 2012, Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate, MIKSOFT Mobile Media Converter, Web browser with the Windows Media Player plugin
Developed by: Microsoft Corporation
MIME type : audio/x-ms-wma, video/x-ms-asf