[linux-audio-user] Audio file format

Nick nicktsocanos at charter.net
Mon Mar 31 16:10:01 EST 2003

WAV is usually Microsoft RIFF format. Kaboodle and XMMS can play well formed
WAV files.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Epprecht" <epprecht at solnet.ch>
To: <linux-audio-user at music.columbia.edu>
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2003 1:16 PM
Subject: [linux-audio-user] Audio file format

> I have found a CD with audio files and would like to know what format
> they are. (I know very little about different audio formats, sorry.)
> The label on the CD says they are MP3, but the files have names like
> 1.wav 2.wav
> mp3blaster 1.wav        Bad sound file format.
> cp 1.wav /tmp/1.mp3
> mp3blaster /tmp/1.mp3   Sound device control error.
> play 1.wav              playing 1.wav
> ('play' plays the file and considering it's duration it is much too long
>  to be a normal .wav file, IMHO)
> file 1.wav
> 1.wav: RIFF (little-endian) data, WAVE audio, Microsoft ADPCM, mono 44100
> I thought WAVE was a format without compression? The duration of the files
> (when played by 'play') shows that this is not possible. So what is it?
> BTW: The file (loaded like a text file in emacs ;-) starts with
>      RIFFBä^BWAVEfmt 2  (where ^B is *one* byte)
> Thank you for sharing your knowledge,
> Robert

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