Open mp3 file
Did your computer fail to open mp3 file? We explain what mp3 files are and recommend software that we know can open your mp3 files.
What is mp3 file?
The mp3 file extension is traditionally used for one of the most common types of compressed audio files, MP3s, which you can playback using almost any media player.
mp3 file description
File extension mp3 is used for MPEG-1 Layer III Audio Streams - audio files commonly referred to 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 at German Fraunhofer Institute and introduced 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, mobile phones, portable players, smartphones, 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 the MP3 format as obsolete in May 2017.
MIME types used for mp3 sound files:
Software that will open mp3 file
Media PlayerWindows 11 default media player.
Microsoft Windows Media PlayerThe default multimedia player from Microsoft Windows
Apple iTunes for MacProgram used to organize and plays your digital music and video
Other mp3 file extensions
mp3 - Masterpoint green points data
An mp3 file extension can be also used for simple text files that contain saved game scores from some Bridge card game by Masterpoint.
mp3 - TeslaCrypt 3.0 ransomware encrypted data
Files with mp3 file extension may also be found as encrypted files affected by TeslaCrypt 3.0 variant that first appeared in February 2016.