And for other platforms (Mac, Linux, Firefox):
The MD5 hash values are useful in two cases.
1. You get your copy of my subs from a source other than IML (or directly from me personally) and you don’t know if they’ve been tampered with. An MD5 sum hash will prove mathematically if they are tampered with or not by verifying that they are absolutely identical to what they were the moment I created them.
2. You want to verify that an audio file you got from IML downloaded without errors.
3. You want to verify file length.
It is extremely unlikely that you got a bad download, but it can happen. It is also a way to know whether the files on the server have become corrupt.
If there is an error in the file as a result of download, you will usually see that your player cannot open the file or refuses to play it. If it plays, it will most likely only have an audio glitch contained within a single second of audio. Regardless, only a file that passes the hash check is for sure safe to use, as only such a file is absolutely certainly what I created it to be.
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