Can a CD Player Play WAV Files?

While each model of CD player has specific formats that it plays, most CD players generally do not play WAV formats. CD discs containing WAV files can be played on computers, however, with appropriate playback software.

Standard audio CDs generally contain approximately 74 minutes of music. In order to ensure that an audio CD is compatible with standard CD players it should be burned as an audio or music CD, rather than a data CD. Audio CDs do not contain a file system like data CDs, instead using streams of information on the disc's spiral track, as well as a table of contents.