I belong to a newsgroup where some people want audiobooks posted in their original format, as large numbers of small mp3 files corresponding to the tracks on the original CDs, whereas others want the tracks merged and then posted as a small number of much larger files, to minimise headers and numbers of posted files. Zip or Rar files are not allowed on the newsgroup (I don't know why). So, some bright spark came up with this compromise process -
Use Winrar to combine the small files into an uncompressed "store" archive. Change the file extension from .zip to .mp3 and viola! The archive, renamed .mp3, can be played as a single mp3 file. If anyone wants the original small files, rename it to .zip and extract it.
I have tried this, and the store archive, renamed to mp3 can indeed be played as an mp3 file on my computer and mp3 player.
However, as I don't understand what winrar does when it creates an uncompressed archive, I don't really trust this process. I have run the renamed store archive through a shareware program that tests the integrity of mp3 files, and it gives the message "garbage at end of file".
Can anyone explain to me what Winrar does when it creates an uncompressed archive, and whether there are any serious downsides to this process, which I, as a techno-newbie do not forsee?
I run Windows XP Pro SP3