Files that contain the file extension MP3 are associated with multiple programs and applications and various file types. The most common association is a compressed audio file, but the file extension can also be created with Masterpoint or SHARP MZ. MP3 files contain data and information related to the program that created the file.
If the file extension MP3 is classified as a compressed audio file, it can contain music, audio recordings, ringtones, and other sound file types. The MP3 format precedes the newer MP4 file type and is a standard established by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG). MP3 files are created with a lossy compression algorithm to create an easier way to download and use the file in a digital environment.
If the MP3 file is associated with Masterpoint, it is a text file type that contains scoring information for the Bridge card game. Masterpoint is a scoring and award system used by the Nordic Bridge Federation and the American Contract Bridge League.
MP3 files that are related to SHARP MZ are a data file type which contains emulator information used with a SHARP MZ computer. SHARP MZ computers were created in the late 1970s. The system is still currently used under the Linux operating system.
How to Open MP3 Files
Since MP3 files are associated with multiple programs and applications, double click on the file to see if it will automatically open in a default program you have installed on your PC. MP3 files can consist of different file types, so you may already have a program which will open the file.
If the MP3 file is defined as a compressed audio file type and you use Windows, you can open it with Windows Media Player, which is typically included with the Windows operating system. You can also use Microsoft Zune which can be accessed on the Xbox website. Other programs that will open MP3 files include Apple iTunes and Roxio Creator NXT Pro.
For Mac OS X, you can open MP3 compressed audio files using Apple iTunes, which is available on the Apple website. You can also use Roxio Toast 11, which can be obtained as a paid download on the Roxio website.
If you are looking for a multiplatform application that will open MP3 compressed audio files, you can use VLC Media Player. VLC Media Player is an open source application which is available as a free download on the VideoLAN website and is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
If the file extension MP3 is associated with Masterpoint, you can open the file using any text editing program. If you use Windows, you can open MP3 files with WordPad or Notepad. For Mac OS X, you can open MP3 files using Apple TextEdit or TextMate. For the Linux operating system, you can use AbiWord, gEdit, or Vim.
MP3 files that are used with a Sharp MZ-series computer can be opened using any of the text editing applications as mentioned above.