recliq wrote:Just make this clear, MP3 has nothing to do with MPEG-2.
Well, that's stretching it. MPEG-2 also defines audiolayer 1, 2 and 3, so you do have a layer 3 structure in MPEG-2 The difference is the samplerates (and some additional bitrates), where MPEG-1 layer 3 is 32kHz, 44.1kHz and 48kHz but MPEG-2 layer 3 is half of the previous, i.e 16kHz, 22.05kHz and 24kHz
So if you by mp3 mean a layer 3 decoder then yes, MPEG-2 falls into that category. But the real problem is that at home the majority of music is stored at 44.1 kHz (CD standard) which made MPEG-1 layer 3 the perfect choice for your music collection back in the days.