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The default music player does not play .wav files. Please help me.

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If you are trying to import music from CD. Well,I was in the exactly same situation and was looking for the .wav codec for rhythmbox. But I rethink it over at the first place, wav codec means uncompressed format. So I just copy the wav files in the cd folder and paste them to music directry for Rhythmbox. After copy & paste, rename the files as you like.

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There is no WAV on a CD. The software used in Ubuntu is actually aware that if a user inserts an Audio CD into a computer that the content should be made available to the user in the most convenient way, thus changing the format on the fly and presenting the whole CD as a bunch of WAV files. This kind of fast extraction may give inaccurate results due to scratches or how the drive generally accesses the CD. That's why EAC and cdparanoia where made. – LiveWireBT Nov 1 '14 at 12:28

The WAV file format isn't very practical for use in music players like Rhythmbox which want to present all the collected files in a library, because WAV doesn't support tagging (track name, artist, album name, genre, track number, etc.).

It's also very inefficient regarding diskspace because it's only using uncompressed PCM where lossless codecs like FLAC still deliver the exact same audio quality and usually provide tagging functionality.

To debunk the myth that only WAV delivers real CD quality:

  • Lossless is what it says it is. It introduces no loss during encoding, contrary to overenthusiastic marketing for MP3 downloads with 128 kbits or Compact Cassettes. If lossless encoding would still cause loss, you wouldn't want to use ZIP or similar compression methods.
  • WAV isn't what's stored on the CD. If you believe in never touching the signal stream that comes from the CD to retain maximum quality and your programs output is WAV you already "altered" the format. WAV is more comparable to a container format, the link to the Wikipedia article even offers MP3 in WAV format.
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This is not the answer please give any suggestion's (if you have) to run a wav file on ubuntu?? – Creator Jan 22 '15 at 10:11
As I said Rhythmbox wants to create a library out of tags. If you feed such music players files without such metadata they refuse or declare them as non-tagged rubbish, because you are not using the software the way intended. Use lossless formats like FLAC that support tag metadata or use another software like mplayer, VLC or whatever. – LiveWireBT Jan 22 '15 at 10:33

Ensure you have installed the restricted extra's package from the software centre, you may also find the following worth a read.

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WAV uses PCM and to my knowledge there is no restriction (anymore) that prohibits using these without paying license fees or what ever applies. Suggesting to install restricted formats is misleading in this case. – LiveWireBT Nov 1 '14 at 11:17
you may be right NOW but in 2010....... – Mark Rooney Nov 26 '14 at 22:51
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you can use vlc or install codecs of it through internet...

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thanks for help.. – FOSS DIVERSER Nov 30 '10 at 10:21
very interesting – user126106 Feb 16 '13 at 4:44

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