Open M2A files

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Have you encountered a problem with a M2A file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a M2A file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your M2A file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is M2A file?

The file extension M2A identifies audio files in the so-called MPEG-2 audio format. These files are mostly used in video editing and are created by demuxing (demultiplexing) container formats together with a m2v file.

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The MPEG-2 audio compression method is multi-channel capable, which is why it can also be found on some DVDs.

In principle, most players should be able to handle M2A files. However, if the extension M2A is not recognized or it does not appear in the file chooser, changing the extension to mpa or mp2 can help.

M2A files are also referred to as Apple MPEG 1/2 audio files. In addition, M2A files are often referred to as MPEG-1 Layer 2 audio files, but their extension is mp2.

Programs which can open a M2A file

How to open file with M2A extension?

In order to open a file with M2A extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening M2A file occurred, it is highly possible that none of the listed programs is present on user’s system. Even if one or more said programs are installed, there may be issues related with given programs. In order to solve a problem with M2A files, follow the instructions below.
Install QuickTime or other program from the list

Most often resolving problems with opening M2A files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support M2A files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of M2A files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.

Set QuickTime as the default program for opening M2A files

It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate M2A files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the QuickTime applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where QuickTime has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with M2A files

Sometimes problems with opening M2A files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as:

  • File data is corrupted
  • M2A files has been not been completely download from the internet (only a part of the data has been downloaded)
  • Currently used user account hasn’t been granted necessary privileges to open M2A files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • M2A file was being copied from a corrupted storage device and is incomplete or data is corrupted. (Copying files from unknown or untrusted sources should be conducted with great care as such files may contain malicious software, which can damage your system)

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