3GP is most definitely the media file type of this generation, the third generation in media files. 3Gp being the latest brings together the most popular of the media files that includes MP3 3GP2 and Mp4 etc. Not only is it one of the latest in media files but it is also gaining popularity because of its compatibility with mobile phones; especially 3G phones. Media files both audio and video that are in 3Gp are easily compatible with these mobile phones.
Another great advantage with the 3Gp media files is that it can also play on your computer if you like but of course these 3Gp files to play on your computer would also need specific computer applications to be compatible with. Apple Inc.'s QuickTime and of course Windows Media player is the two computer application that would make the 3GP media files compatible on your computer. However to make these 3Gp media files play on your computer you would have to make them compatible with the QuickTime and Windows Media Player first. For this you would need a reliable codec to convert the 3GP files to Mac and Windows Media Player compatible format.
There are numerous Codecs that are available for you over the internet. All you need to do is search for a 3GP Codec for Mac and Windows and you will have numerous websites that would be making you an offer. However you need to pick carefully as if the Codec does not make the conversion properly and the media file is not in good quality after the conversion then the whole Codec application that you paid for would go to waste.
So the best way to ensure that you are making a good deal is by reading up product reviews on Codecs for 3Gp to Mac and Windows. You can choose the Codec you like from the reviews you read. Also, before you take a definite plunge go for the temporary trial demo packages that many of these websites would offer you. As these are on trial basis for you, you get to check if the Codec works fine with the kind of 3GP media files that you would be converting; then the trial pack would expire after a given period of time and you can then decide which Codec you would finally like to go in for. For a long term basis it is always safer to pay for the Codec you want as it would ensure lasting quality of conversions.
So if you install a reliable Video converter, you would be able to watch and listen to all the 3Gp media files on your computer as well using Mac and Windows OS.