THE QUESTION: "I downloaded some songs that have a .zip name on them and I can't get them to load in my keyboard. How do I convert them so they will work in my keyboard?"
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Most modern operating systems can open ZIP Files directly.
Original Text by Bob:
It is common practice for files to be compressed before transfer over the Internet. This reduces the size of the file for FTP sites as well as drastically reducing the amount of time it takes for the file to be transferred from one computer to another. So, if someone wants to save a sequenced song for Internet transfer, which has composer data, sound data, sequencer data, panel memory data, etc., etc., those separate keyboard files would normally be compressed into a single file. This is done with file compression software such as WINZIP or PKZIP. There are others but these are the most popular. There is not adequate space on this web site to provide a tutorial on use of Zip software. You will need one of the file compression software packages on your computer to deal with zipped files. Both of the software packages listed have excellent Help screens for your use. Click on WINZIP or PKZIP for a link to their sites.
Added by GJ - Nov. - 2001.
A totally free (and no advert banners) strong zip/compression tool is the PowerArchiver . I've been using it for some time now, and with great success.