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I just recorded about 6 hours of AAC streaming into a file, resulting in 300 MB approximately. The file doesn't play. I wonder if there was any problem with the file format and content, or it is just the size of the file. If the latter, I wonder if I could split the file. If the former I wonder if I could fix this problem somehow or obtain more info about the data so I can troubleshoot.

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300MB is extremely small audio file. Windows Media player is able to open a video file that is several times that size without a problem. In other words the problem is with the file itself – Ramhound Jul 15 '11 at 11:39
But Windows Media Player says it found a problem playing the file. – Jader Dias Jul 15 '11 at 11:41
@Ramhound I agree that's small when comparing with video files, but I never came across a 300MB+ audio before. Maybe there's a difference. – Jader Dias Jul 15 '11 at 11:42
I would try opening it with Apple's Quicktime as it likes that extension. If it does not open, there is probably an issue with the file. – KCotreau Jul 15 '11 at 11:44
@Ramhound @KCotreau @Nifle @slhck @surfasb I found a solution. – Jader Dias Jul 16 '11 at 13:29

The problem is that I didn't hit the Stop button on VLC. If the conversion is paused or interrupted the generated file becomes invalid.

One way to recover the file is to resume the conversion and then hit stop.

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I couldn't resume the conversion once I closed VLC – Jader Dias Jul 16 '11 at 17:40

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