When I usually download binaries of songs, X-News converts them to mp3
but I downloaded files from a radio talk show today and they were PAR2
files. How do I convert these to mp3?
Re: Binaries question
"Warren Barr" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> When I usually download binaries of songs, X-News converts them to mp3
> but I downloaded files from a radio talk show today and they were PAR2
> files. How do I convert these to mp3?
You don't. A PAR file isn't the song file. Allow me to explain.
Binary postings on Usenet often are uploaded as compressed archives like
..Zip or .RAR. When you download all the parts of the multipart binary file,
your newsreader should automatically reconstitute the file for use. Now, as
you say, you are used to downloading the posts and getting an MP3 file. What
has happened is that the person who posted the file, compressed it into an
archive first. In this case, he/she used ".RAR" archive compression. The
".PAR" file you got was merely one of the "repair" files that often
accompany .RAR posting these days. Someone came up with an ingenious idea on
how to fix corrupted or incomplete .RAR posts by creating a "Parity" set of
files that can be used to repair a problem in the main archive .RAR files.
When you see this, you will see typically several parts that comprise the
..RAR archive file or files (RAR, R01, R02, etc) and then a short series of
"PAR" files (PAR, P01, P02, etc). When a person downloads the .RAR posts and
saves them to his/her harddrive, they can then be opened with a program such
as "WinRAR" which will extract the archived files within. But, if the
archive is corrupt, has parts missing, or otherwise incomplete, that is
where the parity files come in. Using a program such as "SmartPAR", or
"QuickPAR", etc. you open the downloaded .PAR file, and then the program
will examine all the downloaded parts of the .RAR archive and check their
integrities. If a problem is found with them, and you have downloaded enough
..PAR files, and parts of the .RAR archive itself, then the program can
usually repair the problem, resulting in a complete and corruption-free .RAR
archive file, which can then be opened by WinRAR or other archiving programs
that recognize .RAR files. Then you can extract your music file within, if
that is what it contains. So what you downloaded was only a portion of the
repair files, and that alone will not get you the music file you wanted to
download. Look for more posts with parts of that archive. It's also entirely
possible that the rest of the parts are expired from the server, or didn't
make it to your news server at all.
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