.MP2 File Extension

File Type 1

MPEG Layer II Compressed Audio File

Developer Moving Picture Experts Group
2.7  |  75 Votes
Category Audio Files
Format Binary

What is an MP2 file?

An MP2 file is an audio file compressed using MPEG-1 Audio Layer II compression. The .MP3 format has largely replaced the MP2 format. However, MP2 is still used for digital radio and television broadcasts.

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MP2 file open in VideoLAN VLC media player 3

MPEG-1 Audio Layer II is a lossy audio compression format standardized in 1992. In addition to being used for radio and television broadcasts, MP2 was used to compress audio stored on Video CDs (VCDs) and some DVDs. The standard version of the format supports 32, 44.1, and 48 kHz sampling rates and bitrates from 32 to 320 kbps/sec.

NOTE: Files that contain MPEG-2 video are saved as .MPG files, not MP2 files.

How to open an MP2 file

You can open an MP2 file with many audio players and editors, including Microsoft Windows Media Player (Windows), VideoLAN VLC media player (multiplatform), and Apple Music (Mac). You can also use Audacity (multiplatform) and Adobe Audition (multiplatform).

How to convert an MP2 file

Various applications, including Audacity, VideoLAN VLC media player, and Adobe Audition, can convert MP2 files to other audio formats.

For example, Audacity can convert MP2 files to the following formats:

  • .AIFF - Audio Interchange File Format
  • .WAV - WAVE Audio
  • .MP3 - MP3 Audio
  • .OGG - Ogg Vorbis Audio
  • .FLAC - Free Lossless Audio Codec
  • .M4A - MPEG-4 Audio
  • .AC3 - Audio Codec 3
  • .AMR - Adaptive Multi-rate Codec
  • .OPUS - Opus Audio
  • .WMA - Windows Media Audio
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Programs that open MP2 files

Updated March 2, 2023
File Type 2

Heroes of Might and Magic II Map File

Developer New World Computing
2.7  |  30 Votes
Category Game Files
Format N/A

What is an MP2 file?

Game map file used by Heroes of Might and Magic II (HOMM2), a turn-based strategy war game; stores map data used to create the gameplay environment; includes appearance information for grass, swamps, trees, ice, mountains, etc.

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MP2 files are located in the "maps" folder of your game directory.

NOTE: MP2 files are similar to .MX2 files, which contain maps for the HOMM2 game with The Price of Loyalty expansion pack.

Programs that open or reference MP2 files

Updated July 11, 2014

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