OT: MP2 to MP3 converter: recommendations?

Any recommendations for MP2 to MP3 (& vice versa) converters? There is the usual clutch of 'free' software and even now a few 'free' website offering conversion (what are the gotchas?)
Preferably Windows based (for software).
Any recommendations?
TIA
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wrote:

Do you have many to do and for what purpose?
I only needed to convert a few that were stored on an SD card which were recordings saved by a pure evoke 3 dab radio. On occasions I wanted to play them in the car which would only play back MP3 from a USB memory stick. I found just renaming the file extension from MP2 to MP3 was the only action needed to get the car radio to play them.
Of course if you have a lot to do that may be too tedious and I have no idea waht other applications will respond to a simple renaming of the file extension.
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On 12/03/2017 19:42, snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.co.uk wrote:

Excellent;: useful tip! Thank you. That's exactly the main purpose: Evoke DAB radio to car radio. I'll try it!
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AIUI the original spec for any mp3 decoder included that it should also play mp2. This seems to have been ignored and eroded over the years, including by Fraunhofer, the originators of mp3.
This may explain why some mp3 players may play mp2 when renamed, as the actual decoder should use the internal metadata to work out what has to be decoded.
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On 12/03/17 19:25, Allan wrote:

If its for audio, audacity works I think
IIRC its all platforms
Y0ou may need to ahem download some slightly not quite pukka software (LAME) for MP2

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On 3/12/2017 10:28 PM, The Natural Philosopher wrote:

Another +1 for Audacity, not sure what's the problem with LAME, ISTR I recently had to download that too (ripping vinyl to MP3 with a cheap eBay A-D converter).
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On Sun, 12 Mar 2017 19:25:12 +0000, Allan wrote:

SoX. Command line based so you can automate it. Google 'sox for Windows'
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