An uncompressed digital audio data file format supporting a variety of bit resolutions, sample rates and audio channels and widely used in professional applications that process digital audio waveforms. This format is very popular on IBM PC (clone) platforms as it takes into account some peculiarities of the Intel CPU such as little endian byte order. The WAVE (or WAV) format is sort of a bastardized standard, unlike the AIFF standard which was mostly designed by a small, coordinated group, WAV has had all manner of much-too-independent, uncoordinated aberrations inflicted upon it. The net result is that there are far too many versions of the format. The WAV file itself consists of three “chunks” of information: The RIFF chunk which identifies the file as a WAV file, the FORMAT chunk which identifies parameters such as sample rate and the DATA chunk which contains the actual data (samples).