MP2 (MPEG Audio Layer 2) is a Moving Picture Experts Group audio format that comes with a .mp2 filename extension. Like MP3, MP2 is a lossy format and is mostly used for sound broadcasting. Because a limited number of audio players support MP2, it’s best to convert it to MP3, which is a universal format.
APE (Monkey’s Audio) is a lossless audio file format released in 2000 by Matthew T. Ashland. Because it’s a lossless sound format, it doesn’t lose data during compression, unlike other standard formats like AAC, MP3, and Vorbis. However, Monkey’s Audio is available on PC only. To play APE on Mac OS X and Linux, you’ll need a third-party plugin like JRiver Media Center.