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File Extension M3U

File extension m3u is used by following file type(s):

 file type description:
Default file extension for .m3u file type:
MP3 songs playlist file
M3U (Moving Picture Experts Group Audio Layer 3 Uniform Resource LocatorMP3 URL) is a computer file format that stores multimedia playlists. It was originally implemented in Winamp, although it is now supported by many applications, including VLC media player, XMMS, foobar2000, JuK, RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, iTunes, QuickTime Player, Yahoo! Music Engine, JetAudio, RokuLabs SoundBridge, Spider Player, and PlayStation Portable.

An .m3u file is a metafile playlist that references .mp3 files and provides additional metadata for the items in the playlist. Each song and its location has its own line. The locations can be either absolute or relative local pathnames (e.g., "C:\My Music\Chanson.mp3" or "Chanson.mp3") or they can be URLs. The file can also include comments, prefaced by the "#" character. In extended M3U, "#" also introduces extended M3U directives.

One common use of the M3U file format is creating a playlist file that contains a single entry pointing to a stream on the Internet. The created file provides easy access to that stream and can be used for things like downloading from a website or for emailing, or for Internet radio listening.

The unicode version of M3U format is M3U8 format, it can include UTF-8 unicode characters.

MIME: audio/x-mpegurl, audio/x-scpls, uadio/scpls

Programs
that open m3u files:
ALLPlayer (Microsoft Windows)
Apple iTunes for Mac (Apple OS X)
Apple iTunes for Windows (Microsoft Windows)
Cue Splitter (Microsoft Windows)
KMPlayer (Microsoft Windows)
MediaMonkey (Microsoft Windows)
Microsoft Windows Media Player (Microsoft Windows)
VLC media player (Microsoft Windows)
VLC media player for Linux (Linux)
VLC media player for Mac (Apple OS X)
VUPlayer (Microsoft Windows)
Winamp (Microsoft Windows)
Zune (Microsoft Windows)

 

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