In this article I’ll be teaching you how to extract Soundtrack and Music from The Sims 2. For this process you will need:
- SimPE (Package Editor)
- Any The Sims 2 game (duh)
Step 1 – Locating the Sound Files
For this step we’ll need to locate the soundtrack package files. Start off by selecting File > Open.
Locate where your The Sims 2 game is installed. If you have The Sims 2 / The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection installed through Origin, you’ll need to figure out where Origin installs your games by going to Origin > Application Settings > Advanced > Downloaded Games.
If, for example, you’re looking for music from The Sims 2 Apartment Life, go to The Sims 2 > Apartment Life > TSData > Res > Sound. There you’ll see several .package categories that include different music, soundtrack and SFX from the game. If you’re interested in Pop soundtrack, select Pop.package and click Open.
Step 2 – Extracting
After opening your desired .package, you’ll see one or more .mp3 files in the Resource List. For the Pop.package file from The Sims 2 Apartment Life there are 7 Pop songs. Sadly, you won’t be able to see the names of these songs just yet. Select all the soundtrack listed in the Resource List, right click and select Extract. You’ll be prompted to select a folder for extraction. When extracting these songs, make sure you have a specific folder that has no files in it, just for the sake of organizing your files.
Step 3 – Naming and organizing your music
Extracted music usually come with unecessary .xml files. Feel free to delete them all from your music folder.
There’s one thing left and that’s determing which song is which. All these music files will have weird code names shown, but there’s a quick way to solve that. Right click on a music file, select Properties and under the Details tab you’ll find the name of the Artist and the Song. Make sure you rename all your music files so that you know which song you want to listen!