What is an XXXXXX File?

How to Open, Edit, & Convert XXXXXX Files

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A file with the XXXXXX file extension is most likely an allTunes Partial Download file created with allTunes, a program that lets you search for and purchase music from your computer.

The MediaMonkey music manager may assign the XXXXXX file extension to files too, temporarily, while it builds ID3 tags, creating something like whatever.MP3.XXXXXX.

Tip: XXXXXX files are similar to other partial or incomplete file formats like BC!

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How To Open an XXXXXX File

XXXXXX files are the partially complete downloads from the allTunes music download program.

In most cases, an XXXXXX file isn't usable because the file isn't complete. A music or video file can't be played if all the data isn't there. For example, you can't usually play the first 50% of a song if 50% of the file is downloaded. Your best bet is to simply wait until the file is completely downloaded, at which point allTunes will rename the file as you'd expect to find it.

On the other hand, if a file is completely downloaded but is still in the whatever.XXXXXX form, you could try renaming the file to whatever.mp3, for example, and seeing if that works. It's possible allTunes had some kind of error that prevented that last renaming step.

Finally, if you're sure the XXXXXX file in question is not complete but also isn't progressing as expected, you should stop the download in allTunes and restart it.

That should take care of the problem.

MediaMonkey uses the XXXXXX file extension too, and just like with allTunes, the program should automatically remove the file extension when it's done using it. If it doesn't, you should try to exit and then reopen the program.

It's also possible that a different program is currently using the file, locking it in place and not allowing MediaMonkey to rename it.

In this case, you can either try to shut down all the programs you think may be using the file, or restart your computer to release it. You might then have to manually rename the XXXXXX file to whatever file extension the file should have.

Note: This file format isn't the same as an XXN or an XXX file, which is either a generic file that a program appended the X's too or a Compucon Singer Embroidery file that's used with Compucon USA's EOS software. XXEncoded files (XX or XE files) are different too, used instead with programs like PowerArchiver.

While it's probably unlikely, you could find that more than the program you already have installed opens XXXXXX files natively. If that's the case on your computer, and the one that's currently configured as the default program for this extension is not the one you'd like to open them, see How to Change File Associations in Windows for instructions on how to fix this.

How To Convert an XXXXXX File

Since XXXXX files are not full files, you can't convert one into a new format. But like I said above renaming the file, if you happen to get that to work, you can then use a free file converter to convert that regular, functioning file to any other format supported by the converter.

For example, if you're able to rename an XXXXXX file to an MP3 file, and find that it works like any MP3 file, you can then use a free audio converter to convert that MP3 file to WAV or some other sound file.