MP3 File Extension

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MP3 Audio Format
  • Developer
    Moving Picture Experts Group
  • Popularity
    3.8 (9 votes)

What is MP3 file?

MP3 is short for MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3 and is probably the most popular audio data file format in the world. This compressed audio format was created in early 1990s by Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG). MP3 file contains a header, metadata, and actual audio data in compressed binary format (most of the file content is audio data).

Header holds information about audio data, including encoding, bitrate, and sampling rate. Metadata include information about audio data and is usually stored in ID3 format, which is widely regarded as standard, and is recognized by most devices and audio players.

MP3 file audio quality

MP3 compression method offers significantly reduced file size (roughly 1/10 the size of original file) and decent sound quality. Sound quality is determined by used compression settings, such as bit rate (constant or variable) or sampling rate. Higher values provide better sound quality at the expense of increased file size. Typical settings are 128 kb/s for bit rate and 44,1 kHz for sampling rate, which generate file of size 1MB for each minute of recording.

Programs which support MP3 file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 3 operating systems that support MP3 files. Files with MP3 suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

How to open file with MP3 extension?

Being unable to open files with MP3 extension can be have various origins. Fortunately, most common problems with MP3 files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with MP3 files.

Step 1. Install Microsoft Zune software

The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports MP3 files installed on the system. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Microsoft Zune or different compatible program, such as Winamp, iTunes, Windows Media Player. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. If you want to download Microsoft Zune installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Microsoft Zune

If you already have Microsoft Zune installed on your systems and MP3 files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. If you have an older version of Microsoft Zune installed, it may not support MP3 format. The latest version of Microsoft Zune should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign Microsoft Zune to MP3 files

If you have the latest version of Microsoft Zune installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage MP3 on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the MP3 file
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where Microsoft Zune is installed, check the Always use this app to open MP3 files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected MP3 file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • Select Microsoft Zune and click Change for all...
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with MP3 extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Ensure that the MP3 file is complete and free of errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the MP3 file is valid. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

1. Check the MP3 file for viruses or malware

Should it happed that the MP3 is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Scan the MP3 file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the MP3 file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Ensure the file with MP3 extension is complete and error-free

Did you receive the MP3 file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. If the MP3 file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the MP3 Audio Format file again.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open Microsoft Zune

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with MP3 extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with MP3 Audio Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle MP3 files.

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