Are rar files rare online?

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  1. Dust2dust
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    Found this pearl on a mac related website:

    It is rare that you run into RAR files online, but in the event that you do, this unrar utility will come handy and allow you to handle the contents of the RAR file with ease.

    Found on this page, at the end of the article:

    http://www.maclife.com/article/columns/terminal_101_extracting_rar_files

    I thought maybe the article was extremely old, but no... April 22, 2013. I guess this guy doesn't use the internet too much.:P
     
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    I feel like zip files are actually the compressed folder format that has become less common to see these days with rar and 7z rising in popularity.
     
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    RAR is pretty common, along with ZIP and 7z.

    Do watch out for RAR5 though. They use the same file extension as RAR but are not backward compatible. You'll need WinRAR 5+ or latest version of PowerArchiver to extract them.
     
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    What Sickly said. I see less and less of Zip files nowadays, it's all about the .rar's and .7z
     
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    What I still see often is people breaking a rar into many parts, then rar all the parts trying to make it smaller. It drives me crazy when I see people upload compressed 99% compression ratio files. I mean seriously, I don't even think Scrooge is stingy enough to save ink by writing 1 or 2 less letters per paragraph. Not only do you make me uncompress what is pretty much the original file (thus taking up double the space + time to uncompress to whole thing), you do it again to waste even more of everybody's space and time?!
     
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    I download a lot of files and can say most of them are either zip or rar (60/40 about). Ibdo see 7z a lot (mainly with larger files)
     
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    To me it feels as if RAR files had been a lot more common a decade ago than they are today. Back in, say, 2006, half the files were RAR and half were ZIP, but these days, the files I get are mostly zip or 7z.
     
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    7z > Zip > ... > ... > ... > ... > ... > RAR

    WinRAR is terrible if compared with 7z or Zip and shareware... Still it's very common nowdays, I think people find icon cute or something. :wtf:
     
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    "RAR is very popular especially for file distribution over the web, where the error recovery capability is a welcome advantage over other file formats."

    Well, I still think it's cuz the colorful icon...
     
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    I just want me archive files to be lossless.
    Winrar seems to do the job perfectly for me.
     
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    doesn't really answer the topic but wasn't there a "3D shooter" years ago they compressed with some "new" compression method into a few kb ? what happened with that compression method ?
     
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    To an extent I agree because people eventually become so use to something they just use it regardless of how it works
     
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    RAR5 (the newest format) is technically superior to 7z and blows ZIP out of water. Recovery record and BLAKE2 checksum are something you're just not going to find on other format.

    Although WinRAR is a shareware, you can still use it after 45 days (it'll just remind you to purchase it each time you launch the program). It is the least invasive shareware you'll find.
     
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    I still use zip and gzip actually.
     
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    Most of the sites I use compress all of their files in rar and 7z. It's zip files I can longer find anymore.
     
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    I hate it when ppl rar there files and then zip it (i have even seen it the other way around, zip it and then rar it)
    So annoying :P

    - Where's the time you used Squeeze or Crunch and later on LHA/LHZ before moving on to ZIP and RAR as of today
     
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    I hate that to it sucks
     
  20. FAST6191

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    You ought to be careful mentioning such things old fella, it can lead to such faux pas as mentioning zip drives, dos4gw, mscdex, OCX errors and himem.sys.
     
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