Configuring your Web Browser to Play MP3

If your web browser cannot play MPEG-1 Audio Layer 2 aka MP2 files (extension .mp2) like this one or MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3 aka MP3 files (extension .mp3) like this one, you should install an MPEG Audio player and (maybe) configure your web browser. This is easy!

And don't forget to install an MPEG Video player too!

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MPEG Audio Layers?

For a long time Layer 2 (MP2) was more frequently used than Layer 3 (MP3) for MPEG-1 Audio on the Web. Layer 1 (MP1) is not used much and anyway most MP2 players can play MP1. However most music sites are now using MP3 because it makes smaller files (30% smaller than MP2). So we recommend that you install an MP3 player and configure your browser to play MP3.

For more information on MP3 click here. For general information on MPEG audio formats, click here.

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Get an MP3 Player for your System

First, pick an MPEG Audio player on your system. Most Players can play both MP3 and MP2. Some older software can only play MP2. Some can play MP3 but do not support MP2.

Most MP3 Sites also have lists of good MP3 players.

If this is not enough, you can search for MPEG products or shareware in various on-line databases.

If you are looking for source code, check the audio resources on MPEG.ORG.

Download the MPEG audio player(s) that you have selected, then try to play this sample MPEG audio Layer 2 file.

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