Opening MP2 files

Did your computer fail to open a MP2 file? We explain what MP2 files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your MP2 files.

What is a MP2 file?

MP2 is an audio file extension that is found in music and sound files with MPEG Audio Stream. MP2 audio files are named the way they are, because they represent MPEG Audio Layer-2 compressed files, designed to help reduce the audio file size. MP2 format is relatively standard format of audio files that are utilized in digital radio and television broadcasts.

The popular MP3 component utilizes the loose compression algorithm that is primarily based on .mp2 specification. MP2 files are more compressed compared to .mp1 but it is less loose compared to .mp3.

The MP2 file type is not the same thing as an MPEG-2 video file. An MPEG-2 video file typically uses MPG as the file extension. MP2 files are also sometimes called “musicam”.

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

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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