iPhone 5 or earlier Can iPhone 4S Play WAV Format Natively ?

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  1. augustya macrumors 68020

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    Can the iPhone 4S play WAV File natively or do I need to download a Music Player which plays that. I dont wanna convert them to any other format because of quality issues.
     
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    According to the archived iPhone 4S specs on an Apple support page, the device supports WAV.
     
  3. TechNismo macrumors 6502

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    Yes. Pretty sure if I remember correctly, I was able to play WAV files on my iPhone 4.
     
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    Quality issues? WAV is a wasteful format, you can just switch to ALAC and retain the same quality while saving some space.
     
  5. bradbomb macrumors 6502

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    Why is it a wasteful format, because its uncompressed? Even though Apple Lossless is as named a lossless format, its still compressed. In some mediums, people need to work with uncompressed audio. Maybe the WAV files are being delivered to him from a film shoot or a recording session and thats the format they are recording in. It saves time to be able to directly load a WAV and listen to that than having to compress the file being delivered. Its an extra step, no matter how quickly it can be done.
     
  6. Strelok macrumors 6502a

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    Why would any of that matter on a phone, an iPhone at that? Good luck getting those files off there easily. If you really need WAV files, just keep them as your source files and use FLAC/ALAC/MP3 on other devices since they are much easier to deal with on space constrained devices.
     
  7. Shirasaki macrumors 604

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    iPhone does support SOME wav formats. But you need to try it out first, if the wav is not PCM encoding. Due to the processor power, even wav, sometimes playback is just impossible.
     
  8. augustya, Jan 4, 2018
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    Holy Smoke ! What in the name of Hell !! I just paid some $20 to download some 6-7 tracks on beatport and I only wanted WAV format because they are lossless and uncompressed !! and not some crap like MP3 ! Now if someone tells me that WAV is a wasteful format ! I am gonna beat the S***T out of myself for having spent so much !!
     
  9. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    My iPhone plays .wav natively. Our system voicemail comes in as a .wav, and I have no problem with it.
     
  10. augustya thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Guys how do I find out that the tracks that I purchased last night on beatport which are all WAV files which beatport is saying is lossless an beatport customer service guys are saying you can search for a audio spectrum analyser on the Internet to test it ! is it ? How can I verify find out that what I have downloaded and got is lossless music ?
     
  11. Shirasaki macrumors 604

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    One quick indicator is the size. Typically, a lossless 4:30 song should be somewhere around 35-55MB. For wave, add 40% more storage on top of that.
    The audio spectrum analyzer is a thing because lossless audio, unlike lossy audio, will retain all available information of a song, although there are more than just one lossless format and some are better. Because lossless retains all information, high frequency region and part of low frequency region will be preserved. In lossy format however, these parts will either be reduced or removed completely to save up space.
    If you check the song you bought in a spectrum analyser and does not see any cutoff, then this song is likely to be a lossless song. Bear in mind though, this could be faked to an extent to trick such analyser.
     
  12. bradbomb macrumors 6502

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    He meant wasteful as their are codecs out there that are "lossless" and still compress the file. The wasteful he is discussing is the amount of storage space used. WAVs are 99% of the lossless and uncompressed, but they can be used as containers for compressed audio. Also, even though WAVs themselves are uncompressed, you can create an uncompressed WAV from an MP3 or other compressed format, and that created WAV will still be no better than its MP3 source, just taking up more space
     

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