A file by means of the MP3 file extension is an MP3 Audio file developed by the Moving Pictures Experts Group (MPEG). The abbreviation stands for MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 Audio Layer III. An MP3 file is normally users use to store music data; however, there are many free audiobooks that come in the MP3 format also. Due to its popularity, a variety of phones, tablets, and still vehicles give native support for playing MP3s. MP3 files different than several other audio file formats is that their audio data is compressed to decrease the file size down to just a fraction of what formats like WAV use. This technically means the sound quality is reduced in order to achieve such a small size, but the tradeoff is typically acceptable, which is why the format is so widely used.
How to Open an MP3 File:
MP3 files played with different computer software, including Microsoft Windows Music, Windows Media Player, VLC, iTunes, Winamp, and many other music players. Apple devices can play MP3 files without a special app, like from right within the web browser or Mail app. The same is exact for the Amazon Kindle, Microsoft Zune, Android tablets and phones, and lots of other devices. If the users find that an application on their PC does try to open the MP3 file but it’s the wrong application or if the users would rather have another installed program open MP3 files, see our How to Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension guide for making that change in Windows.
How to Convert an MP3 File:
There are lots of ways to save MP3s to other audio formats. One of the way is to convert video using an online converter like http://youtubemp3.download/. The Freemake Audio Converter program is one example of how users can convert MP3 to WAV. Plenty of other MP3 converters can be downloaded through our list of free audio converter software programs. Most of the programs seen in that list can also convert MP3 to M4R for an iPhone ringtone, but also to M4A, MP4 (for making a “video” with just sound), WMA, OGG, FLAC, AAC, AIF/AIFF/AIFC, and many others. If users are looking for an online MP3 converter that’s easy to use, we recommend Zamzar or FileZigZag. All users have to do to use those MP3 converters is upload their MP3 file to the website and then choose the format the users want to convert it to. You’ll then have to download the converted file to your computer in order to use it. The Bear File Converter is an online converter that lets you save your MP3 file to the MIDI format as an.MID file. The users can upload not only MP3s but also WAV, WMA, AAC, and OGG files. Users can upload the file from their computer or enter the URL to where it’s located online. Trying to “convert” a YouTube video to MP3? There are lots of options for this, which we’ve covered in our How to Convert YouTube to MP3 guide. Though this technically isn’t considered “converting,” you can upload an MP3 file directly to YouTube with web services like TunesToTube and TOVID.IO. They’re meant for musicians who want to advertise their original music and don’t necessarily need a video to accompany it.
How to Edit an MP3 File:
Many programs that can open MP3 files can only play and not edit them. If the users require editing an MP3 file, similar to trim down the beginning and/or end, try MP3Cut.net’s Online MP3 Cutter. It is capable of also add a fade-in or fade-out effect. Another website that can quickly trim an MP3 file to make it not only smaller in size but also shorter in length, is MP3 Cutter. Audacity is a popular audio editor that has lots of features, so it’s not as easy to use as these two we just mentioned. However, it’s great if you need to edit out the middle of the MP3 file or do advanced things like add effects and mix multiple audio files. Editing MP3 metadata in batches is possible with tag editing software like Mp3tag.