MP2 File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a MP2 file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .MP2 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

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension MP2 for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different MP2 openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension MP2

While we know of one file format using the .MP2 file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .MP2 file.

Various viewers for this file format

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
Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser 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
VideoLAN VLC media playerVideoLAN VLC media playerUser submitted
Microsoft Windows Media PlayerMicrosoft Windows Media PlayerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with MP2-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with MP2-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!