File Extension MP3

  • Full name
    Compressed Audio And Music File, Mp3 Songs Or Ringtones
  • Developer
    Moving Picture Experts Group
  • Popularity
Have you encountered a problem with a MP3 file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a MP3 file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your MP3 file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.


An MP3 file is an audio file that has been compressed using the Mpeg I Audio Layer 3 method. MP3 is today the most widely used format for audio files. MP3 is characterized by the small file size. The high compression is achieved by a lossy method in which only the audio signals that are consciously audible for the human being are stored according to a psychoacoustic model.

An MP3 can now be played on many devices. Thus, in addition to the PC, portable audio players and DVD players and many car radios, TVs, mobile phones or game consoles such as the Playstation 3 MP3 files play.

In addition to the audio data, an MP3 file can also contain meta tags or metadata. These data summarized under the term ID3 tag may contain, among other things, album, artist, genre as well as the lyrics or images. These data can be displayed with the appropriate support, for example, from the audio player.

In addition to the losses due to compression, MP3 has the drawback of a sampling rate of 96KHz, especially for audiophiles. However, most people can not hear the compression loss with appropriate quality settings. Therefore, it is advisable to pay attention to at least 192KBit when creating or even when buying.

MP3 can be played by any newer operating system through its standard built-in programs. There is also a whole range of playback programs that offer not only additional management functions, but also the creation of MP3s. (e.g., dbPoweramp, iTunes, LAME)

Programs which can open a MP3 file

How to open a MP3 file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the MP3 file is the lack of a proper application to support it in your operating system. It is notably the first thing you need to address. When one of the programs to support a MP3 file from the list is already installed, you can try to rerun the file. The system should display a message asking you to choose a primary application to support MP3 files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a MP3 file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all MP3 files.

Other issues

Despite the described problem with MP3 there may be many more problems. If the existing operations were not effective, get involved with the following matters:

- verify that the MP3 file is not damaged and that it has been downloaded or copied in whole
- verify that the file has a file extension that has not been intentionally changed (for example, if it do not contain other information than its extension suggests)
- make sure again whether the MP3 file type is linked in the operating system with a proper program
- make sure that the file is not infected with a virus and you have up to date software and drivers.

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