How to Convert M3U to MP3 Audio files & Download M3U

By Sidharth | Ideas

Here is a easy way to download and convert audio songs from m3u to mp3 format. If you don’t know what m3u is then it is file extension for a playlist of MP3 audio files and it is not an Audio format. M3U is a computer file format that stores multimedia playlists which clearly shows that the files will only contain the information to the actual location and I am sure not many people have heard about M3U files. They are simply a playlist which cannot be played on your music player.

Where to find and download M3U files ?

Well, here is a excellent audio site called as i-DOSE which has some soothing Binaural beats song files for free download. These binaural beats helps in altering moods, behavior and consciousness of a frustrated mind! And if you are searching for such songs but they are in M3U format and you want to save these M3u in MP3 format then there is a need to convert them from m3u to mp3.

How to convert those M3U to MP3 audio files so that you can listen them on your computer ?

M3U files are very small in size (size in bytes), and although it looks like a mp3 playable file but you can’t play those songs on your music player such as winamp. For this reason you have to convert them to mp3 type format files. This is really easy to do and it doesn’t need software such as M3U file opener or viewer. Anyway the simple solution is

Just download .m3u files and right click the M3U file – Choose program and Open with Notepad.


After doing so you can see that the file has been converted from m3u to mp3 audio file. Quite easy! Copy the link from the notepad and Now go to your web browser, paste the file and hit enter. Download the audio song which is easily converted in mp3 format. Enjoy listening!

Note that this solution is for online m3u file format. If you come across a file that is sent to you by your friend (which is in M3u format) then it won’t play unless, otherwise, he provides the MP3 files along with this. M3U files host the location of MP3 files.

About the Author

Hi, I am Sidharth. Full-time blogger. Editor of Blogote. And a self-proclaimed geek!

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AKASH January 8, 2013

Many Many Thanks for this solution.

feth alics September 2, 2010

Thanks Thanks no words are enough

bala sbt,india August 30, 2010

Friend,crores and crores of thanks to you.. god bless you.. i dont have words to explain my gratitude and thanks and happiness to you.. once again crores and crores of thanks to you.. i want to convert one vital m3u file.. but i didnt find solution for the long time.. but u, the great, did it..

bala sbt,india August 30, 2010

Thanks a lot friend.. crores and crores of thanks to you.. god bless you.. i need one vital m3u file to be converted.. but i found no solutions.. but u,the great, did it.. lots of hugs to you.. once again thank u very very much.. i dont have words to explain my happiness and gratitude to u..

simran April 13, 2010

Thanx you just solved my problem!

Harry January 25, 2010

I was able to download and save M3U file few times using notepad but its not allowing me anymore to copy song to CD though I am still following same procedure .When I copy it in notepad and carry to my internet explorer it convert it into MP3 format and start playing in my window media player but it does not allow me to copy anymore. Pls advise.

gopal January 24, 2010

pls send m3u to mp3 converter reqest for you thankyou

Rigo January 4, 2010

thanks dudes save me alot of hart ache

Farahmand December 23, 2009

Thanks man, it was a very useful information for me, it solved my problem and could download my favorite mp3 files.

Thank you very much.

aadhi November 4, 2009

thank u very very much…
it was damn helpful for me…

Thumper September 14, 2009

I download music in Mp3 format but when I try to save them they become M3U. Using the above info, I do not get a site. I get a location in my computer. Soooo, what can I do to save these files as MP3?

J July 26, 2009

I had the same problem with the file opening up in Quicktime, so I clicked on “File” –> “Save Page As” and saved the mp3 file. (I use the Firefox browser.) That worked for me, so maybe it might for others, as well.

Sidharth June 19, 2009

@Link – @Chuck –

Hmm… I am not sure what can be the problem; maybe try and play them by downloading codecs (this should work).

You can play M3u on Winamp, Windows Media player or other standard player after installing the codec packs. Good luck!

Link June 15, 2009

Yo, I tried doing this, but it gives me a URL without .mp3 at the end. In other words, nothing happens, it doesn’t even opend the page. Help would be cool.

Adde May 27, 2009

Great post, I’ve searched in vain all sorts of programs and this is so easy! Many thanks!

Chuck May 16, 2009

I too am having trouble downloading the MP3 versions of M3U files. Similar to Dave and Mannat, I can paste the notepad link and hear the file played on my computer in Quicktime. But cannot download the file as an MP3 version for saving purposes. When I paste the notepad file to my browser I am not prompted to Save the file. What am I doing wrong?

Ruthie February 19, 2009

Wow! Thanks soooo much you have no idea how long I’ve been trying to figure this out….THANKS A BUNCH!

soka91 January 20, 2009

Oh, my hero…
1000000 Thanks!

Mannat December 16, 2008

hi, i was trying to convert the m3u to mp3, but it doesn’t work. I also tried the notepad, but it opens up with QuickTime and doesn’t download the song mp3. Please help me…I really want these songs!!!!!!!

jimmg November 27, 2008

thanx for the helpful info.

Reply November 21, 2008

Some people are actually arguing right now about this at the forum!

Sidharth November 12, 2008

@Navjot – If you make a search for “M3U converter” software you will find good number of results.. though I haven’t used any of them but most of those software are trial version,so to avoid people from making a hole in the pocket,I have written such title 😛

Navjot Singh November 11, 2008

At first I was a bit shocked by the post title. Converting here is a misleading term. You should say…how to extract mp3 files information from m3u files without using software. That will sound reasonable and practical.

Gomathi October 8, 2008

Hi…its very nice to see this simple ans..thanks yaar…

vijay September 21, 2008

thanks a lot man god bless you…

Sidharth August 25, 2008

@Dave – When you open the M3U file in notepad you will get the .mp3 extension,Copy that link and paste it browser,it will ask you to save the file.Click OK and the file will be downloaded!

Dave August 22, 2008

I was able to copy an M3U into NotePad and open it up in my web browser but I’m unable to save it or download it. It opens in Quick Time and I do not see how to download it. Can you help me with this please? I have two songs that I played in a concert that I would like to download onto my MP3 player and put on a CD.

Download August 16, 2008

Here we go!!!

Rajaie AlKorani August 2, 2008

Great tip for the music lovers, nice find!

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