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Chapter 24. Audio on the Web > Web Audio Formats

24.5. Web Audio Formats

At last, we get to the heart of web audio—the various file formats. This section provides an introduction to some of the most common formats for web audio.

24.5.1. WAV/AIFF (.wav, .aif, .aiff)

The WAV and AIFF audio formats are very similar in peformance. The Waveform Audio File Format (.wav) was originally developed as the standard audio format for the Microsoft Windows operating system, but it is now supported on the Macintosh as well. WAV files can support arbitrary sampling rates and bit depths, although 8 KHz and 11.025 KHz at 8- or 16-bit are most common for Web use.


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