MP3 File Type

- The quick facts

What are MP3 files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a MP3 file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a MP3 file?

MP3 files have multiple uses, and MP3 audio is one of them.

MP3 audio

MP3 files are the most commonly distributed audio files in the world. The MP3 file format allows an audio file to be reduced in size, making it easier to download the file from the Internet and store it on a portable media device.

The MP3 file format is commonly used to store and play audio files on MP3 players, iPods, and cellular phones. The audio files that are saved in MP3 format are compressed. When recording audio data to a standard CD, one minute of data will take up approximately 10 MB of disc space. With an MP3 file, however, one minute of audio will only take up 1 MB of space.

While there is some loss in the quality of sound when recording MP3 files, it is usually not noticeable to the average listener.

How to open MP3 files

We have identified one MP3 opener that is compatible with this specific type of MP3 file.

Programs that open MP3 audio files

Last updated: June 29, 2022

More file formats using the MP3 extension

Through our research of MP3 files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.

  • MPC Compressed Archive

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of MP3 files. Remember, different programs may use MP3 files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
WavePad Sound EditorWavePad Sound EditorUser submitted
Any Video ConverterAny Video ConverterUser submitted
WavePad Audio-EditorWavePad Audio-EditorUser submitted
Switch Sound File ConverterSwitch Sound File ConverterUser submitted
iTunesiTunesUser submitted
QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
VLC Media PlayerVLC Media PlayerUser submitted
Microsoft Windows Media PlayerMicrosoft Windows Media PlayerUser submitted
RealPlayerRealPlayerUser submitted

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