What does MP3 mean?

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  1. MP3(Noun)

    A digital sound recording; a song file.

  2. MP3(Noun)

    MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, an audio data compression format.


  1. MP3

    MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 Audio Layer III, more commonly referred to as MP3, is a patented encoding format for digital audio which uses a form of lossy data compression. It is a common audio format for consumer audio streaming or storage, as well as a de facto standard of digital audio compression for the transfer and playback of music on most digital audio players. MP3 is an audio-specific format that was designed by the Moving Picture Experts Group as part of its MPEG-1 standard and later extended in MPEG-2 standard. The first MPEG subgroup – Audio group was formed by several teams of engineers at Fraunhofer IIS, University of Hannover, AT&T-Bell Labs, Thomson-Brandt, CCETT, and others. MPEG-1 Audio, which included MPEG-1 Audio Layer I, II and III was approved as a committee draft of ISO/IEC standard in 1991, finalised in 1992 and published in 1993. Backwards compatible MPEG-2 Audio with additional bit rates and sample rates was published in 1995. The use in MP3 of a lossy compression algorithm is designed to greatly reduce the amount of data required to represent the audio recording and still sound like a faithful reproduction of the original uncompressed audio for most listeners. An MP3 file that is created using the setting of 128 kbit/s will result in a file that is about 1/11 the size of the CD file created from the original audio source. An MP3 file can also be constructed at higher or lower bit rates, with higher or lower resulting quality.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of MP3 in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of MP3 in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Apple CEO Tim Cook:

    We weren't the first company to make an MP3, they were fundamentally too hard to use, and the user interface was really bad.

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