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  1. Hiiiiiiiii's Avatar
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    All my songs bought from beatport are .wav

    WP7 doesn't recognize them, what about WP8?
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    Probably not, and in fact, WAV file support is actually weaker in WP8... it's a huge irritation, because I get my Microsoft Exchange voicemails (from work) in my email as WAV files, and where I was able to play them on WP7, I no longer can on WP8. I saw a tweet from Joe Belfiore saying they were aware of it, but no confirmation that it was being fixed or anything. We can hope though.

    You would be better off converting your library to MP3 or WMA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoodThings2Life View Post
    You would be better off converting your library to MP3 or WMA.
    Nah, I am better off buying the iPhone or Android phone.
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    btw i also get my voice mail from the company in email, and i have the same problem
    phoneconvert is the way to go till they will fix it .
    it converts the file .
    you send the email with the attachment to a email address that you get from them , and with in a min you get back a email in mp3 or any other file you choose.
    it works great and its free.
    thanks
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    Based on the post above, I created a free account at phoneconvert.com, and as Shea said, it works fine. I took the default options which convert to a .mp4 format which plays just fine on the phone.
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    Aren't .wav file Windows media player files? Shouldn't Microsoft have built in support for their own files when they were build WP8? Seems a little silly...
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    Of course there's no excuse for not supporting WAV files, but why on earth would you want to use this format? It's lossless, sure, but it also won't store meta data like artwork and album tags which makes it virtually impossible to manage/organize music (except if your really comfortable with working in folders only).

    You should seriously consider converting your WAVs to FLAC or ALAC since both are still lossless, but support meta data. Of course, neither of those will be playable on WP8 though - which is again inexcusable, but you could also go with WMA lossless which isn't very well supported outside the Microsoft ecosystem but should work flawlessly on WP8 and WIndows in general. That way you'd have it all: Lossless quality, proper meta data and embedded artwork (you need to fix that on your own though as WAVs come without any of of that) and support on your WP8 device.
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    If you take a WAV file and drag-n-drop it to the phone's "rintones" folder via USB, it will convert it to WMA oddly enough.
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    I get voicemail from my office in .wav format. That's my main need for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiiiiiiiii View Post
    Nah, I am better off buying the iPhone or Android phone.
    iPhone probably... Android possibly not.. No Androids play our work wav files either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rickylago2 View Post
    Aren't .wav file Windows media player files? Shouldn't Microsoft have built in support for their own files when they were build WP8? Seems a little silly...

    Wav files can be encoded with multiple codecs. (Apologies if I'm messing up the terms there...) Anyway, for whatever reason, many corporate voicemails are encoded with a codec that Windows Phone 8 can not play. This is not limited to WP8 as no Android phone in our company can play our voicemails either. Users have to download an app to play them.

    Nobody has ever admited why this is the case on Android phones (and now WP8) My theory, and it's only a theory, is that somebody has a patent or something on certain codecs and Google stop paying for it a few years ago and Microsoft stopped paying for it on WP8. Maybe Apple owns it..haha.

    Our solution is going to be to change the codec we use to save our voicemails and eliminate the problem. That may or may not be an option for everybody though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by agbva1 View Post
    Based on the post above, I created a free account at phoneconvert.com, and as Shea said, it works fine. I took the default options which convert to a .mp4 format which plays just fine on the phone.
    Thanks agbva! this works for me. We use MagicJack and it works great to convert the .wav voicemails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tk-093 View Post
    iPhone probably... Android possibly not.. No Androids play our work wav files either.
    For Android there Is a great App called "Remote Wave Free" and as the name suggests, it Is free... This App allows for the play back of wav files and direct from an email attachment.

    The other suggestion about sending your wav files to a 3rd party is a security breach for IT and I would not want to send my personal voicemail to this type of service....

    So is there no other options? A codec pack for WP8?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve 1 View Post
    For Android there Is a great App called "Remote Wave Free" and as the name suggests, it Is free... This App allows for the play back of wav files and direct from an email attachment.

    The other suggestion about sending your wav files to a 3rd party is a security breach for IT and I would not want to send my personal voicemail to this type of service....

    So is there no other options? A codec pack for WP8?
    Yep, Remote Wav is what we tell our users to download. Android used to play the GSM wav codec until like Android 2.0.. maybe 2.1.. I can't remember.. Anyway, at that point they just magically stopped including support for it. Lucky for us, Remote Wave was there. If iOS just decided to stop supporting that, we would likely be screwed.
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    Thank you for the phone convert utility. I guess it will have to do until MSFT fixes this issue (let's hope they fix it). No problem playing these .wav files on Surface.
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    Yeah, phonepower (my voip) emails me wav files with a codec that WP8 can't play either. Since they land on my linux box first I just made a procmail filter to convert them to a wav format wp8 can play via ffmeg and then used AT&T's email to mms gateway addres to sent them to me. A child could do it :)

    It's pretty lame that WP8 has such minimal codec support in 2012.
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    Thanks for the tip on phoneconverter. Just created an account and will try it with next voicemail. But sure wish Nokia would just fix it because I get my Microsoft Exchange voicemails (from work) in my email as WAV files as well!
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    Ok, I just cant believe Windows cant play wav files. Arrrg! Ok better now. no Im not.

    So how to I get Remote Wave? It doesn't appear in the Windows Store list of apps? Thanks.

    ... just can not believe it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by a_gunslinger View Post
    Ok, I just cant believe Windows cant play wav files. Arrrg! Ok better now. no Im not.

    So how to I get Remote Wave? It doesn't appear in the Windows Store list of apps? Thanks.

    ... just can not believe it.
    Remote Wave is an Android app that allows it to play wav files. I don't think anybody has written an app for WP8 yet.
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    Based on the posts here, I did a little experiment and downloaded a couple of wave files with various codec. WP8 plays normal LPCM wave file just file but the two codecs I tried that are commonly used by telephony, u-law and ADPCM don't work. So, it is really just a codec problem.
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    Unfortunately, 995 of corporate phone systems that integrate with Exchange mail system attached voice mails as wav files.
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    hey I get all my music on wax cylinders, can windows phone 8 play it yet..

    oh wait.. seriously, it's like my client complaining they can't send business emails to personal AOL accounts...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Funky Cricket View Post
    hey I get all my music on wax cylinders, can windows phone 8 play it yet..

    oh wait.. seriously, it's like my client complaining they can't send business emails to personal AOL accounts...
    WAV is a common lossless format with no processing overhead. It's ridiculous to not support it on a mobile platform, especially one that deals with voice communications (in which wav is frequently used).

    Given that WP supports ZERO lossless formats, wav would be welcome even for music, since mp3 and the like are quite grating on an audiophile's ears.
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    MS does not allow other programs to handle WAV files like they do for some other file types so no third party software can correct this problem. At MS's pace we can expect a fix in WP11.
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    Quote Originally Posted by link68759 View Post
    WAV is a common lossless format with no processing overhead. It's ridiculous to not support it on a mobile platform, especially one that deals with voice communications (in which wav is frequently used).

    Given that WP supports ZERO lossless formats, wav would be welcome even for music, since mp3 and the like are quite grating on an audiophile's ears.
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