MP3 File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a MP3 file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .MP3 files.

What is a MP3 file?

A .MP3 file is a MP3 audio file. 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

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension MP3 for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different MP3 openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension MP3

While we know of one file format using the .MP3 file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .MP3 file.

Various viewers for this file format

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
Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
WavePad Sound EditorWavePad Sound EditorUser submitted
Any Video ConverterAny Video ConverterUser submitted
WavePad Audio-EditorWavePad Audio-EditorUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
Switch Sound File ConverterSwitch Sound File ConverterUser submitted
iTunesiTunesUser submitted
QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
VideoLAN VLC media playerVideoLAN VLC media playerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with MP3-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with MP3-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!