MPA file extension

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known file type that uses the .MPA file extension.

MPEG Layer 2 Audio File
Extension Added: June, 13th 2013
Last Updated: June, 13th 2013

Category:Audio Files
Popularity: (Common)

Audio file created using the MPEG Layer 2 audio compression method. The format was developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG).

The MPEG Layer 2 audio compression is “lossy” resulting in files of lower quality but also of reduced size. The main purpose of MPA files was to allow users to store a large number of audio files on their computers or media players. This was impossible with CD-quality formats but MPA files made it possible due to their reduced size.

Even if MPA files are lossy, the audio parts that suffer from a reduced accuracy are beyond the hearing range of most people. Such compression methods are known as “perceptual coding”.