Sending and storing audio files can quickly become time-consuming, especially if you're dealing with large, high-quality files. Fortunately, there are options that can make it easier for you to manage those tasks.

What are WAV Files?

WAV files, which have the .wav extension when saved, are audio files. Typically, they are large-format files. WAV files are intended to have a very high overall quality for seamless TV, radio, and online listening quality. These files are designed to provide the same high-quality audio experience you would get when listening to a CD or other audio device.

Why Compress WAV Files?

Generally, WAV files are intended to be uncompressed: that is, they are uncompromising in their quality. compress through a premium program, however, can help set you up for success when you need a smaller file size without losing any of the quality of your sound.

1. You need to send a .wav file via email.

Compressing a .wav file can make it easier for you to send a single file, or multiple files, via email. Sometimes, senders cannot send large WAV files through their email platforms. Other times, the recipient may struggle to download a large-format .wav file. Compressing the .wav file, on the other hand, can make it easier to streamline that process.

2. You need to send a WAV file through file transfer services.

File transfer services can streamline the transmission of many types of files. Even simply sending a large-format file over the network, however, can take a great deal of time--and often, you'll end up with an error message stating that your file failed to transfer properly. By compressing your WAV file, you can ensure smoother file transmission.

3. You want to save and store .wav files.

File storage is at a premium in many organizations and households. Many people and businesses find themselves paying a premium for their file storage. Uncompressed WAV files can take up a great deal of space, whether you're storing them in a cloud storage solution or using hard disk storage to keep up with your files. Compressed files, on the other hand, take up less space and can be accessed more easily. By compressing your files before storing, especially if you intend those files for long-term storage, you can decrease your overall file storage needs and make it easier to keep up with your files--and reduce the odds that you will accidentally delete a file that you might need later to make way for other data.

How to Compress a WAV File

In order to compress a WAV file, you'll need to start with the right compress software. Look for software like WinZip, which can safely and effectively compress the size of your files without compromising the overall quality. You'll also want to consider elements like:

  • Compatibility with your existing solution for storage and sending
  • Ease of use
  • The ability to compress multiple file types
  • High levels of security and protection for your files

If you're planning to compress .wav files for sending, you'll also want to make sure that you use a program like WinZip that is compatible with the solutions your recipient uses.

How to Compress WAV Files in WinZip

From File Explorer:

  1. From your File Explorer select all of the files you want to compress.
  2. Right-click on the selected files. WinZip > Add/Move to Zip File… This will open WinZip with options about how you want your file zipped.
  3. Select your file options, like name, location, encryption, and any other features you want to include.
  4. Select Add. This will create a zip file in the location you selected containing all your files.

From within WinZip:

  1. From within WinZip, locate the files you want to zip using the panel on the left.
  2. Select all of the files you want to compress.
  3. Select the Add to Zip button at the bottom of the left panel.
  4. After you add all of the files you want to the Zip file, select the "Save as" button in the right bottom corner. Name your file and select save.

Note: Certain file types do not compress as much as others. You must have WinZip installed on your computer to use these methods.


File compress can help streamline file sharing and transmission and make it easier for you to manage digital storage. WinZip can help. In addition to the ability to compress and unzip all major files for storage and sending, WinZip provides a high level of security and the convenience of access to your files in all your major locations, whether on your PC or in the cloud. Contact us today to learn more.

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