MP2 File Type

- The quick facts

What are MP2 files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a MP2 file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a MP2 file?

A .MP2 file is a MPEG-1 Audio Layer 2 file.

Files with the MP2 file extension are audio files in the MPEG-1 Audio Layer 2 format.

MP2 files are compressed audio files, which means that the input audio data stream is reduced in size by the encoder when creating the file, without compromising the sound quality too much.

MP2 is an audio standard that is still used for radio and TV broadcasts, whereas the popular successor, MP3, has taken over on PCs and the internet.

.MP2 files are compressed better than MP1 files, but less than MP3 files.

MP2 audio files are playable by many portable media players, but since many players are now designed to play .mp3, converting .mp2 files to .mp3 have become imperative.

How to open MP2 files

We have identified one MP2 opener that is compatible with this specific type of MP2 file.

Programs that open MPEG-1 Audio Layer 2 files

Last updated: February 25, 2022

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of MP2 files. Remember, different programs may use MP2 files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
WavePad Sound EditorWavePad Sound EditorUser submitted
Any Video ConverterAny Video ConverterUser submitted
WavePad Audio-EditorWavePad Audio-EditorUser submitted
Switch Sound File ConverterSwitch Sound File ConverterUser submitted
iTunesiTunesUser submitted
QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
VLC Media PlayerVLC Media PlayerUser submitted
Microsoft Windows Media PlayerMicrosoft Windows Media PlayerUser submitted
Photo GalleryPhoto GalleryUser submitted

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