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Details of extension .mp3

1 extension(s) and 0 alias(es) in our database

Below, you can find answers to the following questions:

  • What is the .mp3 file?
  • Which program can create the .mp3 file?
  • Where can you find a description of the .mp3 format?
  • What can convert .mp3 files to a different format?
  • Which MIME-type is associated with the .mp3 extension?
MPEG Audio Layer 3 Data .mp3 file icon

MPEG Audio Layer 3 Data

The MP3 file is a MPEG Audio Layer 3 Data. MP3 is a popular digital audio encoding and lossy compression format invented and standardized in 1991 by a team of engineers directed by the Fraunhofer Society in Germany.
Category: Audio files
Application: WinAMP
Program name: WinAMP.exe
Mime-type: audio/mpeg
Magic bytes (HEX): -
Magic string (ASCII): -
mpeg3, mpg3, mpga
Related extensions:
Audio Interchange File
CD Audio Track
Lyrics Data
MIDI Music
Napster Secured Audio
Real Audio Sound
Macintosh Sound Resource
Amiga 8SVX Sound
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Sound

Other types of files may also use the .mp3 file extension. If you have helpful information about .mp3 extension, write to us!

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

We found the following similar extensions in our database:

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C64 Logo Painter 3 Image
Modula-3 Source Code
Mach3 Plugin
MultiLedger Chart of Accounts Data
MO3 Audio
Monochrome Picture TIFF Image
Mpeg Video
Music Publisher Backup File

The .mp3 filename extension is often given incorrectly!

According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:

mp (1), ml3 (1), m3 (1), jp3 (1), pm3 (1), np3 (1), mpr (1), mo3 (1), m3p (1), lp3 (1), p3 (1), mpw (1)

Can't open a .mp3 file?

If you want to open a .mp3 file on your computer, you just need to have the appropriate program installed. If the .mp3 association isn't set correctly, you may receive the following error message:

Windows can't open this file:

File: example.mp3

To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.

To change file associations:

  • Right-click a file with the extension whose association you want to change, and then click Open With.
  • In the Open With dialog box, click the program whith which you want the file to open, or click Browse to locate the program that you want.
  • Select the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file check box.

Supported operating systems

Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X, iOS, Android