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WinZip is established and ZIP'd files can be opened directly in WinXP and beyond. That's a big 
argument for. I downloaded some half-baked RAR utility for something that was only available as an 
RAR archive and it did open that archive just fine but it was primative interface to say the least. 
Options are usually a good idea but I can't see why there needs to be an alternative to 
long-established ZIP. In other words, what's RAR's reason d'etre?

WinZip software is cheap and the $30 version opens TAR archives also. ZIP is a pretty well 
established format, with many programs including the Windows OS itself can open them. I believe a 
Zip-specific program is needed to make ZIP archives, but perhaps this isn't so in the non-Windows 
world. That funky zip-like format in the Apple world can be opened by a free Windows utility. I'm 
sure Apple has either included or built-in utilities to deal with all compressed-archive formats 
since the vast majority of desktops run other OS's.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Matthew Snyder" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, April 05, 2007 8:51 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] flac vs. apple lossless


> >On the other hand, I don't see the community which surrounds FLAC
>>and Ogg as being nearly as driven or committed as the Apple people have
>>been, as such, I think there is *some* concern about FLACs long-term
>>viability.
>
> I think this is debatable. My experience so far with the online trading
> community is that FLAC seems to be the standard. There is an enormous
> amount of that format floating around, enough to suggest that there will
> be some kind of demand for it, albeit limited to the collecting community.
> Even if it is phased out, there may be a transitional period. This
> happened with Shorten. It used to be the standard, and you still see it
> being circulated (quite a lot, actually), but I've been transferring those
> over to FLAC, just in case. Then again, I'm talking about a limited
> community of users, so perhaps the point is moot?
>
> On a related point, and somewhat off-topic, what are the relative merits
> of WinRAR (the new kid on the block) and Winzip?
>
> Matt Snyder
> Music Archivist
> Wilson Processing Project
> The New York Public Library
>