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.mp3 File Extension

Developer: Moving Picture Experts Group
File type: MP3 Audio File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .mp3. Files with the file extension .mp3 can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .mp3 files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .mp3 file?

MP3 files are digital audio files that can be opened and viewed using many applications. There are lots of digital audio playback programs for different versions of Microsoft Windows that can be used to listen to these .mp3 files, such as Windows Media Player and Winamp, and there are also many digital media players for Mac and Linux platforms that are integrated with support for playing these MP3 files. Most digital audio recording hardware packages come bundled with applications that can be used to create and edit these MP3 files, and a lot of third party digital audio editing programs can also be used to convert MP3s and other audio data files into different formats. These .mp3 files are implemented with "Layer 3" digital audio encoding and compression specifications that can produce near CD sound quality by integrating 16-bit stereo sound into the content of these MP3 files.

how to open a .mp3 file?

Launch a .mp3 file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .mp3 file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .mp3 files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .mp3 file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .mp3 file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .mp3 file association errors

applications that open a .mp3 file

Microsoft Windows Media Player

Microsoft Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player Playlist (WPL) is a computer file format that keeps multimedia playlists for video and audio collections. It is an owned file format utilized in Microsoft Windows Media Player versions 9 to 12. The fundamentals of WPL files are represented in XML format. These .WPL files can be accessed and utilized by the Nullsoft Winamp Media Player 5.6 application version as well as the Roxio Creator 2012 program. WPL files are also known as Windows Media Player playlist files, which are indicated by the Microsoft Windows Media Player or the other media players with support for WPL files as reference data when users open these playlist files and begin to access the content stored in it. The top-level aspect specifies that the file's elements go after the Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL) structure. The information contained in these WPL files are directory locations to the video files and audio content chose by the creator of the .WPL file, this enables the media player application to quickly and easily find and play the video and audio content from their directory locations.
Nullsoft Winamp Media Player 5.6

Nullsoft Winamp Media Player 5.6

Winamp Media Player 5.6 is a popular media player for Windows. This player was developed by Nullsoft and it allows users to play multimedia content such as audio and video. The software not only provides users with all the tools they need to organize their audio and video files but it also allows them to burn and rip CDs and even sync files from mobile devices. Winamp also features a playlist editor that allows users to create and manage their song lists as well as its media library effectively organizes all the audio and video files so that they can be located in one location. This software also has visualization features wherein animated graphics can be displayed along with the music being played. This media player also comes with a customizable user interface wherein users can change skins, as well as it supports not only a large number of file formats but it also supports a lot of user-developed plug ins.
Apple iTunes

Apple iTunes

Apple iTunes is a software categorized as a media player computer application for playing, downloading, organizing and saving various files, which are digital audios and videos. There is also a feature that enables content managements from iPod models, iPad Touch, iPhone, and iPad. This software can be connected to iTunes Store so a user can download or buy music, videos, audio books, ringtones or even games for iPod in just a click of a button. In fact, it allows the download of various applications via the App Store for some Apple devices, which are iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. The downside of this is that it does not enable music transfer from one device to another unit. This program is compatible for Apple’s Mac OS X version 10.6.8 and other later versions, but also works for current Windows OS such as Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista, then for the upcoming Windows 8.
VideoLan VLC Media player

VideoLan VLC Media player

VideoLan VLC Media player is a multi-media player software that is considered to be an open source and cross platform multimedia player with framework. Thus, a product that can play most of the standard files of multimedia plus CDs, DVDs and VCDs. It also plays different streaming protocols, supported applications or devices and webcams. There is also the ability to play audios of various codecs even if there are no codec packs included: MPEG-2, WebM, MP3, WMV and MKV. This software works on most Windows computers, Mac OS X PCs, Linux and well as Unix. In addition, there is descryption for DVD which is executed via the libdvdcss library. It also has playback control support for all computers compatible with it using libcdio or libvcdinfo. On Mac computers, this media player can grab audios and videos from EyeTV applications and other devices that capture EyeTV data. On GNU and Linux, it supports encoding cards that are compatible with V4L2 and MPEG-2 which are Visiontech Kfir and Hauppage WinTV-PVR 250-350.
XMMS

XMMS

XMMS was developed by the XMMS Team and it is an audio player written in C and C++ language and is mainly used for UNIX systems. This media player that stands for X Multimedia System plays various media files such as MP3, WAV, MOD and other audio formats. It can also use plug-ins in order to play more medial file formats. The XMMS is much like Winamp but it is not modeled from Winamp. It uses GTK+ 1.x toolkit and it features AAC support, Audio CD, Icecast and SHOUTcast streaming , JACK plug-in, mp3PRO, Musepack, SHN, APE Monkey's Audio Codec, FLAC, ModPlug plug-in, and a lot more formats. XMML also features a default skin but with the use of xmms-coverviewer plug-in, users would be able to display album art for the enhancement of the player’s graphical interface. XMMS was also created for music or audio playback but because of its ability to support plug-ins, it can also be used for video playback.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .mp3 files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .mp3. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.


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