I have found a FAQ regarding the .fsp (file service protocol) extension...
is it possible the file has been downloaded as an ASCII file and not a binary file?
If you have a document called "fsp.mp3", this document is recognized by the system as being a MP3 file. Thus this file should normally open into iTunes, or your default MP3 player.
Open Quicktime, select OPEN from the FILE menu and select your file. Does it open ? Is there an error ? Does Quicktime detects it ? Tell us.
Is your system well installed ? Is the file big ? Where does it come from ? Is it a partial download from the Web ?
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Simple at it might sound, is this MP3 a download?
If so, it might be ZIPped? Drop it on Expander. The amount of times that I have to do this?
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First of all a big 'thank you' to everyone for your replies. I downloaded the album from an ftp server - each song is saved in my music folder and is in document format. I have tried your various suggestions:
Quicktime - error message indicating that Quicktime cannot open a 'document'.
I tried dropping into Stuffit Expander, but nothing happens.
I read the info. on the link that Macluv suggested and maybe that's the problem - but I am not technically savvy enough to wade through the info. there, but it sounds like this album might have been on an fsp server. (Dunno if I am making sense or not - bear in mind I am technically challenged). As for the format being ASCII or binary - I am using Captain FTP and have set the preferences to "Automatic".
It has been suggested I use iTuner, but in checking it out, it looks like it only runs in OS9 (which I ditched when I installed Jag).
I have run into this in the past and the application that I used to have pre-Jag did the trick - but I just can't remember the name of it!
This problem might never be solved, but maybe this additional info. might help you to come up with the magic answer. If not, then it's 'thrash' and back to square one!
it sounds like the files were downloaded as ascii files and not binary files... as you had your FTP client set to "automatic" and you were downloading from an FSP server, that would be my first guess. Download one song manually as a binary file from Captain FTP and see what happens... if it works, you know you've downloaded the whole lot as ascii and you'll have to do it all over again... D'OH!
This is sooooo embarassing! Macluv I did as you suggested and downloaded one track in binary form, but it still downloads as before. Would the fact that I downloaded from a PC server have anything to do with it (although I have done this before with no problem)?
I'm at the point of giving up, and going out to buy the CD
Thanks again you guys for your help and if anyone can come up with another suggestion, it will be much appreciated.
It's possible that the files were u/l to the server incorrectly so that now they're garbage... so no matter what you do they won't play... i'll look into the fsp faq if I have more time...
that's kind of what i'm suspecting. try removing the extension from the file completely (naming it 'track') and then re-adding it ('track.mp3'). when the prompt shows up to ask you if you want to add mp3 as the extension, say 'yes'.
if that doesn't work, i suspect the files are just dead on arrival.
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