.MP3 File Extension

There is only one file type that uses the .MP3 extension:

MP3 Audio File

MP3 Audio File
  • Developer Moving Picture Experts Group
  • Popularity
    4.7 (1855 votes)
  • Category Audio Files
  • Format Binary

An MP3 file is an audio file saved in a compressed audio format developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) that uses "Layer 3" audio compression (MP3). It is most commonly used to store music, but may also contain other types of audio content, such as a lecture, sermon, audiobook, or podcast.

You can open an MP3 file with most audio players. In Windows, you can use Microsoft Windows Media Player, which is bundled with the operating system. In macOS, you can use Apple iTunes (or Apple Music), which is bundled with the operating system.

There are a variety of other free and commercial audio players that provide different playback features and conversion capabilities. Some of these audio players include VideoLAN VLC media player, Nullsoft Winamp, Eltima Elmedia Player, Audacity, olimsoft OPlayer, and Adobe Audition.

Software's name License Platforms
Adobe Audition Adobe Audition Commercial MacWindows
Amarok Amarok Free LinuxWindows
antvplayer Media Converter antvplayer Media Converter Freeware Android
Apple iTunes Apple iTunes Freeware MacWindows
Apple Music Apple Music Included iOSMac
Audacious Audacious Free LinuxWindows
Clementine Clementine Freeware LinuxMacWindows
DVDVideoSoft Free Audio Converter DVDVideoSoft Free Audio Converter Free Windows
Eltima Elmedia Player Eltima Elmedia Player Freeware Mac
File Viewer for Android File Viewer for Android Free+ Android
File Viewer Plus File Viewer Plus Free Trial Windows
Google Drive Google Drive Freeware Chrome OSLinuxMacWebWindows
Microsoft Windows Media Player Microsoft Windows Media Player Bundled Windows
Nullsoft Winamp Nullsoft Winamp Freeware AndroidMacWindows
olimsoft OPlayer olimsoft OPlayer Commercial iOS
Other music player Other music player LinuxMacWindows
Roxio Creator Roxio Creator Commercial Windows
Roxio Toast Roxio Toast Commercial Mac
VideoLAN VLC for iOS VideoLAN VLC for iOS Open Source iOS
VideoLAN VLC media player VideoLAN VLC media player Open Source AndroidChrome OSiOSLinuxMacWindows
XMMS XMMS Open Source Linux

Updated: February 21, 2021

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