What is a .MP3 File And How To Open It – Moving Picture Experts Group (Easy Steps)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .mp3 extension and you don’t know what it is? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. In this article we will explain what .mp3 file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .MP3 file?

The file extension .MP3 is MP3 Audio File. This file extension was developed by Moving Picture Experts Group. The format of this file is binary, and it is a audio related file.

What to know

There are currently 13 software that can open the .mp3 file on 6 platforms.

How to open a .MP3 file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .MP3 file on various operating systems.

How to open a .MP3 file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

To open the .mp3 file on Windows, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Microsoft Windows Media Player, Apple iTunes, Nullsoft Winamp, VideoLAN VLC media player and DVDVideoSoft Free Audio Converter software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .MP3 file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Microsoft Windows Media Player software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .MP3 file on Mac

To open the .mp3 file on Mac, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Eltima Elmedia Player software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use Apple iTunes, VideoLAN VLC media player and Eltima Elmedia Player software.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .MP3 file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Eltima Elmedia Player software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .MP3 file on Linux

The .mp3 file can be opened in 4 steps on Linux.

1. The first step is to download the Audacious software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: VideoLAN VLC media player, XMMS, Amarok, Clementine and Audacious.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .MP3 file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Audacious software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .MP3 file on Android

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .mp3 file on Android in simple steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .MP3 file in the download folder

The first step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

If you try clicking the file, it will show you the error above.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

You need to locate the Google Play Store and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

In order to open the file, you will have to search for the antvplayer Media Converter software and install it. You could also download the antvplayer Media Converter software. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Android.

How to open a .MP3 file on iOS

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .mp3 file on iOS in simple steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Finding your files in the download folder

The first step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 2

Image2: Can’t open the file

In order to open the file, you will have to search for the Apple Music in the iOS App Store software and install it. That’s all, now you have open your file on iOS.

How to open a .MP3 file in the Browser

The currently known web apps that can open this file are: Google Drive. Just right click on the file and choose “Open With” on your OS.

Still cannot open the .MP3 file?

If you cannot open the .MP3 file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .MP3 file.mp4 – Moving Picture Experts Group, .mp4.infovid – Parrot AR Drone and Gyro Flyer Video, .mp4v – Moving Picture Experts Group, .mp7 – National Instruments, .mp8 – National Instruments. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .MP3 file with the Microsoft Windows Media Player, Apple iTunes, Nullsoft Winamp, VideoLAN VLC media player, DVDVideoSoft Free Audio Converter programs on Windows, Eltima Elmedia Player, Apple iTunes, VideoLAN VLC media player programs on Mac, Audacious, VideoLAN VLC media player, XMMS, Amarok, Clementine software on Linux, antvplayer Media Converter software on Android, Apple Music software on iOS and Google Drive program in the Browser.