An mp3 file extension is commonly known to be associated with compressed audio files in MP3 format, playable in all media players.

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

The mp3 file extension 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.

MIME types used for mp3 sound files:

The default software associated to mp3 file type:

MediaMonkey icon

Ventis Media, Inc. logo MediaMonkey  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
  Ventis Media, Inc.

MediaMonkey is a proprietary digital media player and media library program developed by Ventis Media Inc., for organizing and playing audio files.

MediaMonkey is available only for Windows in a both freeware and paid version. Both versions can be extensively enhanced with skins, third-party plugins, and user-generated extension scripts. Some plugins can add support for more exotic audio formats.

VLC media player icon

VideoLAN Project Team logo VLC media player  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
  VideoLAN Project Team

VLC media player is very popular multimedia player developed for Windows, Apple Mac, Linux, Unix and various other 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.

Freemake Audio Converter icon

Ellora Assets Corporation logo Freemake Audio Converter  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
  Ellora Assets Corporation

Freemake Audio Converter is one of the most popular multimedia conversion software available.

Audacity icon

Audacity logo Audacity  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:

Audacity is a free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.

Audacity is able to:

  • Record live audio.
  • Record computer playback on any Windows Vista or later machine.
  • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
  • Edit WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3 or Ogg Vorbis sound files.
  • AC3, M4A/M4R (AAC), WMA and other formats supported using optional libraries.
  • Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
  • Numerous effects including change the speed or pitch of a recording.

Microsoft Windows Media Player icon

Microsoft Corporation logo Microsoft 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. logo Apple iTunes for Mac  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
  Apple, Inc.

Apple iTunes is multimedia application distributed with Apple Mac OS X 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.

VLC media player for Linux icon

VideoLAN Project Team logo VLC media player for Linux  Linux/Unix software

Company or developer:
  VideoLAN Project Team

VLC media player for Linux is multimedia player that supports variety of audio and video formats (MPG, AVI, DivX, MPEG-4, FLAC, OGG, MKV etc.) as well as DVD playback, and various streaming protocols.

Audacity for Linux icon

Audacity logo Audacity for Linux  Linux/Unix software

Company or developer:

Audacity for Linux is multi-track audio editor and recorder with various features, like recording audio, edit WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3 or Ogg Vorbis files, or cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.

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Help how to open MP3 files:

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

How to convert file with extension MP3:

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, Mac OS X 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 of the mp3 files.

  • Open mp3 file
  • Edit mp3 file
  • Play mp3 file
  • Convert mp3 file
  • Create mp3 file
  • Record mp3 file
  • Import mp3 file
  • Export mp3 file
  • Burn mp3 file

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

Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open mp3 file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with mp3 file by default:
Audacity small icon Audacity
Other suggested software:
Sound Forge small icon Sound Forge
Ableton Live small icon Ableton Live
Nero WaveEditor small icon Nero WaveEditor
Adobe Audition small icon Adobe Audition
Video Edit Magic
Awave Studio small icon Awave Studio
Helium small icon Helium

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:



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

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