What is an AMR file and how to play it?

Posted on February 25, 2012 in Audio Converters | by

If you recorded a conversation or a lecture using your mobile phone (actually not a smart one) usually it will be saved in AMR format. By default windows cannot play AMR files. Before answering the question of how to play it on your PC, lets see what an AMR file is.

What is AMR format?

The Adaptive Multi-Rate (AMR or AMR-NB) audio codec is a patented audio data compression scheme optimized for speech coding. AMR was adopted as the standard speech codec by 3GPP in October 1999 and is now widely used in GSM[3] and UMTS. It uses link adaptation to select from one of eight different bit rates based on link conditions. (from wikipedia)

If you tried to double click the file on your PC you will get a message that windows cannot open the file, so now you got one of two options: either you download QuickTime player or Real player and listen to your saved file( but keep in mind it is still an AMR file so you can,t share it easily or play it on your mp3 player), or you can convert the file to a most common format like mp3 or wav ( which I actually prefer).

To convert a AMR file you can use a specific converter like “Free Cell Phone AMR to Audio Converter” or “Free Cell Phone AMR to MP3 Converter” or you can download a more generic converter like “Free MP3 Converter” or “Free Audio Converter”

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3 Responses to “What is an AMR file and how to play it?”

  1. great read, I’ll be sharing the information

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