.WMA File Extension

Windows Media Audio File

General Information

Title WMA File Extension
Extension .wma
Full Form Windows Media Audio File
File Type Audio File
Developer Microsoft
MIME Type audio/x-ms-wma

File Function

Primary Function Store audio
Additional Functions Stream audio
Features Compression, Metadata storage

File Characteristics

Quality Lossy compression
Supports Layers No
Supports Transparency No
Editable Yes, with software

Use Cases

Music Playback Yes
Audio Streaming Yes
Digital Rights Management Supported

Security and Practices

Security Risks File spoofing
Best Practices Antivirus scanning, Licensed sources

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 1999
Latest Version Part of Windows Media framework

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .wmv, .asf, .mp3

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Windows Media Player Free Windows
VLC Media Player Free Windows, Mac, Linux
Foobar2000 Free Windows