Open MP2 files

  • Full name
    Sound File (MPEG-1 Layer II Audio Stream)
  • Developer
    Moving Picture Experts Group
  • Popularity
Have you encountered a problem with a MP2 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 MP2 file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your MP2 file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is MP2 file?

Files with the extension MP2 contain audio encoded with the standard MPEG I Layer II.

More info

This lossy compression method is not identical to the popular MP3.

MPEG I Layer II is still the standard for digital TV and radio sound.

It supports one or two channels, sampling rates from 32 to 48kHz and bitrates from 32 to 320kbps.

Files with the extension MP2 also sometimes contain audio data encoded with the mostly backwards compatible MPEG II Layer II. This extension of the MPEG I Layer II standard supports additional bitrates and sampling rates as well as multi-channel audio.

The extension MP2 does not designate MPEG II video files, although this ending is occasionally mistakenly used.

Programs which can open a MP2 file

How to open file with MP2 extension?

In order to open a file with MP2 extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening MP2 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 MP2 files, follow the instructions below.
Install iTunes or other program from the list

Most often resolving problems with opening MP2 files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support MP2 files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of MP2 files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.

Set iTunes as the default program for opening MP2 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 MP2 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 iTunes applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where iTunes has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with MP2 files

Sometimes problems with opening MP2 files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as:

  • File data is corrupted
  • MP2 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 MP2 files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • MP2 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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