File Extension WMA

  • Full name
    Windows Media Audio
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Have you encountered a problem with a WMA file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a WMA file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your WMA file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.


The extension WMA denotes a file in Windows Media Audio format. These files contain compressed audio. This proprietary audio compression method was developed by Microsoft Corporation and is part of the Windows Media Platform.

There are four variants that have been developed for specific applications.

Most commonly you will find Windows Media Audio files. This lossy compression is similar to MP3 and supports sampling rates (sampling rate) up to 48kHz, up to 2 channels and different bitrates.

For multi-channel audio and higher quality, Windows Media Audio Professional is intended. It supports sampling rates up to 96kHz, 24bit resolution and up to 8 channels. Currently, WMA Pro does not enjoy much support yet.

WMA Lossless provides lossless compression for audio with up to 6 channels and 96kHz and 24-bit audio. Especially for speech content WMA Voice is intended. It is not very common yet. In addition to the Windows Media Player and numerous software players, many hardware players are able to play WMA.

WMA files can also be protected by Digital Rights Management. In this case, you need the appropriate, possibly paid licenses to play the files.

WMA encoded audio may also be present in other container formats. For example, in asf or mkv.WMA is not available as a retrofittable codec, but must be directly supported by the player or operating system.

Programs which can open a WMA file

How to open a WMA file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the WMA file is the lack of a proper application to support it in your operating system. It is notably the first thing you need to address. When one of the programs to support a WMA file from the list is already installed, you can try to rerun the file. The system should display a message asking you to choose a primary application to support WMA files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a WMA file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all WMA files.

Other issues

Despite the described problem with WMA there may be many more problems. If the existing operations were not effective, get involved with the following matters:

- verify that the WMA file is not damaged and that it has been downloaded or copied in whole
- verify that the file has a file extension that has not been intentionally changed (for example, if it do not contain other information than its extension suggests)
- make sure again whether the WMA file type is linked in the operating system with a proper program
- make sure that the file is not infected with a virus and you have up to date software and drivers.

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