Software for Mp3 music and videos is used for encoding, compressing, converting, decoding and editing. Mp3 encoding software provides the ability to produce .mp3 files that can be stored and listened to later. Windows Media Player and iTunes
both utilize this mp3 encoding function whenever you download or rip music to your computer from CD. Both these programs also have the ability to decode the mp3 encoded music/video files allowing you to play, watch and listen to the mp3 audio/video file.
Converting files from other formats such as .wav or other formats to .mp3 requires software that has this ability. A lot of musicians use software that has this capability. Taking a .wav file and converting it into an .mp3 file will save a tremendous amount of space. Using the highest quality mpeg 3 compression will give the best quality playback and still save a large amount of space on your PC.
Mp3 files can also be edited and require special software to do this as well. In an Mp3 file you can include all kinds of attributes about each song including artist, album, description, genre and more. This allows you to index and find the music you want to play faster when using software that supports the use of Mp3 file attributes.