From: David Tetzlaff (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Dec 10 2010 - 13:30:12 PST
> However, you should know that an MP3 is a step down in quality from a WAV file.
WMA (Windows Media) is a container format. It can store audio in any number of different codecs. If by 'cheap' Ken means 'not high end pro stuff'' (e. g, if he has an M-Audio MicroTrack or a Zoom) then maybe his device records uncompressed PCM (which is what WAV or AIFF headers designate on different platforms). If by 'cheap' he means a small pocket voice recorder, then the WMA container is probably wrapped around something very highly compressed - probably a variant of mp3 (of which there are many) or MPEG4.
Either way, any number of programs including the ones already mentioned should be able to extract and/or convert the file. If you're on a Mac, and you have Flip for Mac installed, dragging the file into the Quicktime Player and doing a Get Info should tell you exactly what kind of audio stream is inside.
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