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Posted: 22 Jul 07, 15:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


hey hey. just a quick question. i have a sony mp3 player and would like to put as much queen content onto it. i have a fair bit on there like but i would like some unreleased concerts. however when i type in on the sharing forum mp3, i get a whole load of arguments about people sharing files in mp3 format and that they should do it in flac. what's the difference?
also i keep downloading concerts but when i go to play them they have a extension (.rar) and windows media player won't play them. i'm guessing that my mp3 won't play them either. how can i get thwm to play in the desired format?

any help would be appreciated, ta.


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Posted: 22 Jul 07, 16:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

.rar is an archive format, like .zip. You can download any number of extraction programs to open it up. Personally, I use WinRAR, but there are other alternatives out there.

.flac is a lossless format for audio. It doesn't play on many (any?) MP3 players, although Winamp has a plugin you can play it on your computer with. You can also convert the FLACs to .wav files, which are playable on pretty much any device out there, and can be burned to an audio CD. FLAC is the preferred file type in this and virtually every other trading community for sharing purposes.

.mp3 files are lossy audio. Basically, in order to make them considerably smaller than FLAC/WAV files, data is removed from them. This means sound quality is removed. It takes a trained ear to hear the difference between a FLAC and a high-quality MP3 (320kbps), but the difference becomes appreciable quickly if you listen through high-quality headphones, or just have an ear for it. While it's perfectly fine to convert FLACs to MP3s for personal use, it's bad form to share or trade MP3 files or MP3-sourced files. The reason being that once the data is lost, it's gone forever--i.e., changing an MP3 back to a FLAC does not restore the data--so listeners should have the best file quality possible, and then be able to lossy it up themselves if they so choose.

Make sense?


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Posted: 27 Jul 07, 11:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



yeah man cheers.

so i should download winrar to open the program?


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Posted: 27 Jul 07, 11:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Preferably, yes. There are other programs, but WinRAR is the best out there.


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