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February 5th, 2010, 11:54 PM
does vlc play wav files? It is playing mp3 files just fine but nothing I do seems to help and searching hasn't revealed a thing


February 5th, 2010, 11:57 PM
Yeah, it does play wav, or at least mine does.

I tested on VLC 1.1-GIT with a song ripped from an audio CD

Have you checked to see if wavpack is installed

February 6th, 2010, 01:41 AM
It apparently is an unsupported third party file. Surely ubuntu has cover their bases better than that

February 6th, 2010, 01:43 AM
What is the file? Can you share it?

February 6th, 2010, 01:45 AM

February 12th, 2010, 11:44 PM
Hi squrl,

does vlc play wav files?

Perhaps as Supersonic has suggested your copy does not. You can test this as follows:

andrew@skamandros~$ cvlc -l | grep wav
VLC media player 1.1.0-git The Luggage
wave Wave video filter
wav WAV demuxer
mux_wav WAV muxer

All the best,


February 13th, 2010, 01:59 AM
It plays standard PCM .wav files.

However, .wav files can also be compressed with old codecs under Windows. It isn't common, but these files do exist.

There is a posibility they would play with vlc under Windows, not likely on linux.

February 13th, 2010, 06:30 AM
wav & wavpack are 2 different types of files (with wav being more common). Try installing the "wavpack" package in Ubuntu.

February 15th, 2010, 12:14 AM
You can contact directly the developers of VLC on forum.videolan.org You can get help there because sometimes VLC has issues with non-standard files, and there you can find more detailed info about the playback of the files.