How to Zip Music Files
By Michael Black
Zipping music files compresses the data, making the files easier to store and send to others. The process of zipping music files requires creating a folder, moving the music files you wish to compress into this folder, and finally zipping the folder, creating a single smaller file. Some file compression programs allow you to create zipped folders from the onset, while others require you to manually zip the folder after you insert the music. Despite these differences, the steps for zipping music files are similar across different compressing programs.
Right-click an empty spot on your desktop.
Create a new folder by right-clicking on your desktop and selecting "New" and then "Folder" from the resulting pop-up menu. Some computers will have a tab that allows you to create a new zipped folder. If your computer allows you to do this, do it--it will save you time later.
Copy the music files you wish to compress into this new folder by selecting them and dragging them into the folder.
Zip the folder (if it isn't already zipped, as mentioned in Step 2) by right-clicking the folder and choosing "Send to." This will open a menu that allows you to add the folder to a compressed or zipped folder.
- File compressing software generally comes with computers, but if your computer doesn't have compressing software, quality programs can be purchased at various websites.
- Zip files are sometimes called archives. These files are the same thing.
- Different zipping programs will zip files and folders slightly differently, but the options to zip or archive a file or folder will usually appear if you right-click a file or folder.
Michael Black has been a freelance writer based in South Central Pennsylvania since 2010. He graduated from York College of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in professional writing. He has written music- and writing-related articles for various websites.