The mp3 file extension is traditionally used for one of the most common type of compressed audio files MP3s, which you can playback using almost any media player.

There are 2 other file types using
the MP3 file extension!

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MP3 file extension - Compressed audio and music file, mp3 songs or ringtones

What is mp3 file? How to open mp3 files?

File type specification:

Audio and sound file type icon Audio and sound file type

Mobile ringtone file type icon Mobile ringtone file type

mp3 file icon: mp3 filetype icon

File extension mp3 is used for MPEG-1 Layer III Audio Streams - audio files commonly referred as MP3s. This standard has evolved from early MPEG (The Moving Picture Experts Group) work. It is an audio compression technology that is part of the MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 specifications.

MP3 lossy audio compression algorithm was developed by Karlheinz Brandenburg on German Fraunhofer Institute and introduced it in 1991.

MP3 uses perceptual audio coding to compress CD-quality sound with almost the same fidelity. It is the most used audio file format to store music supported by various software and hardware multimedia players as well as mobile phones, smart phones, tablets, cd players, djs decks etc.

There also exists a lossless version called MP3HD. Both share the same MP3 file extension.

Fraunhofer Institute, a developer and owner of rights for MP3, announced MP3 format as obsolete in May 2017.

MIME types used for mp3 sound files:

Updated: March 8, 2022

The default software associated to open mp3 file:

VLC media player icon

VideoLAN Project Team logoVLC media player  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
VideoLAN Project Team

Very popular multimedia player developed for Windows, Apple Mac, Linux, Unix and various other operating systems and platforms.

VLC can playback many of the video formats (AVI, MKV, OGV, WMV, ASF, MOV...) and audio formats (MP3, AAC, M4A, OGG, FLAC...) as well as support of subtitles for video. It can also be used as a streaming server and multimedia transcoder.

Microsoft Windows Media Player icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Windows Media Player  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Windows Media Player is default multimedia player installed in Microsoft Windows. WMP can manage music, videos and pictures in computer, play or view them, sync them with portable devices, or burn them on CD/DVD media. It also supports home media sharing with other computers.

Apple iTunes for Mac icon

Apple, Inc. logoApple iTunes for Mac  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
Apple, Inc.

Apple iTunes is multimedia application distributed with Apple macOS operating system. It organizes and plays digital music and videos. iTunes is also used to manage Apple's portable devices, such as iPod, iPhone and iPad.

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Help how to open:

This file format open most media players available today. MP3 is defacto standard for compressed sound files.

How to convert:

MP3 is one of the most used audio format by computers, mobile phones and multimedia devices. Use any conversion app from our apps list, or select conversion from our conversion list to view more information.

Some kind of multimedia players, or music management software like iTunes, Winamp, Helium are able to transform MP3 to other multimedia formats (or other sound file formats to MP3).

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File identification strings:

HEX code: 49 44 33 03 00 00 00 00
ASCII code: ID3

List of software applications associated to the .mp3 file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open mp3 file, edit mp3 file, convert mp3 file, view mp3 file, play mp3 file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting mp3 files.

Software that open mp3 file - Compressed audio and music file, mp3 songs or ringtones

Programs supporting the exension mp3 on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open mp3 file action.

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:



Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch devices):

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