problems playing wav

Frans ketelaars at
Thu Oct 23 20:26:51 UTC 2008

On Thu, 23 Oct 2008 09:11:08 -0700, John Hubbard wrote:

> I have a wav file that was given to me by an instructor.  I can play the
> file in Audacity but Kaffine gives me an error about needing a codec.  I
> have also tried playing the file from the command line with aplay. There
> I get:
> "aplay: test_wavefile:730: can't play not PCM-coded WAVE-files" I get
> the same error with the file after using matlab to do some processing of
> it, but I can play a sound file that I recorded with sound recorder
> without problems.
> Does anyone have any idea what the problem is? says:

Though a WAV file can hold compressed audio, the most common WAV format 
contains uncompressed audio in the pulse-code modulation (PCM) format.

I guess you got a "not PCM-coded WAVE-file" as aplay says.

Good luck!


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