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What is a mp3 file and how do I open a mp3 file?

MP3, or MPEG-2 Audio Layer III, is an encoding format for digital audio which uses a form of lossy data compression. It is used for audio streaming and storage, and to compress digital audio to transfer and playback music on digital audio players. Their small size makes MP3 files easy to download and send by email. Many digital audio playback programs for different versions of Microsoft Windows that can be used to listen to these .mp3 files, such as Windows Media Player and Winamp, and there are also many digital media players for Mac and Linux platforms that are integrated with support for playing these MP3 files. Most digital audio recording hardware packages come bundled with applications that can be used to create and edit these MP3 files, and a lot of third party digital audio editing programs can also be used to convert MP3s and other audio data files into different formats. MP3 files are implemented with "Layer 3" digital audio encoding and compression specifications that can produce near CD sound quality by integrating 16-bit stereo sound into the content of these MP3 files.

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VLC (also known as Video Lan Organization) is a free and open source multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files, including .MP4, .AVI, .MPG, .MKV, .RM, .RMVB, .WMV, .MP3, .H264, .MOV, .3GP, .OGG, .WAV, .DTS, .AAC and .FLV files. As well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. VLC runs on most operating systems including Windows, Mac and Linux.
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Detail mp3 file extension information:
File Type: mp3
File Format: MP3 Audio File
Primary Association: Compressed Audio Files
Mime Type: audio/mp3, audio/mpeg, audio/mpeg3, audio/mpg, audio/x-mp3, audio/x-mpeg, audio/x-mpeg3, audio/x-mpegaudio, audio/x-mpg