How do you play PCM audio files on a mac?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Mr M5, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. Mr M5 macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2011
    First I'm sorry if this is not the best place for this and feel free to move it.

    I have an app on my Evo called virtual recorder that I recorded a speech on that I sent to drop box in order to share with my self and other friends (friends that will try and hear it on a PC).

    However, it was recorded in a PCM format and I can't seem to play it on my mac. Can anyone tell me how to play this file on my mac as well as for my friends with PC's?

    And while a bit off topic any suggestions for voice recorders for phones that will simply save it as a normal mp3 or wav file?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
  3. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    PCM files are just raw audio data. It's actually what's in WAV file, but there is metadata (extra information) that tells your computer the details on the file. How many bits it was sampled at, sampling rate, etc.

    You can use Audacity (free) and do a raw import of a PCM file. It might take you a few tries to get the settings right, though.
  4. Mr M5 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2011
    Ok, I downloaded audacity and imported the file. It started playing it at massive speed. I got it to slow down, but I don't understand how to save the now slower speed recording, can you advise please?

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