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Ringtones on the T509

Samsung and T-Mobile decided to lock ringtones with some crappy DRM, so you have to buy their ringtones, and not just use some random clip of a song you like. Good luck if you don't like prime time TV clips and Top-40 music.

They missed something. They let you use .3gp files as ringtones, which as guides on the web would have you believe, are 8-bit, 8000Hz and abysmal quality.

I discovered however that the 3gp file format supports the AAC codec, so you can make a decent quality tone with ffmpeg:

ffmpeg -i infile.mp3 -ac 1 -ab 36 -acodec aac outfile.3gp

Take that, silly carrier.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 2nd, 2006 05:12 am (UTC)
Sometimes, I don't think we speak the same language.
Sep. 2nd, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)
Sep. 2nd, 2006 06:55 am (UTC)
Rats, that didn't work with my phone at all. Now if only there were anything out there that would write MMF files.
Sep. 2nd, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
Ech. MMF has craptastic quality, but yeah. What phone?
Feb. 28th, 2009 09:45 am (UTC)
linux how-to for .mmf ringtones on Samsung :)
Feb. 28th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
Re: linux how-to for .mmf ringtones on Samsung :)
Man, awesome. Useful information in response to a comment I posted three years, and as many phones, ago.

Don't suppose you have information on getting Nokia ringtones working now?
Sep. 2nd, 2006 10:04 am (UTC)
Sep. 18th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
How do I write that code?
I'm rather computer illiterate. Is it possible to briefly explain how to write the above code? I just purchased the t509--before I realized how proprietary it is. I'd love to find a way around it.
Sep. 18th, 2006 10:17 pm (UTC)
Re: How do I write that code?
That's on my unix terminal -- I don't use Windows, though I figure there's a similar program under Windows (maybe even the same ones, though I don't know where to get Windows copies.)

I'd be glad to convert files for you if you want to email me. I've a LiveJournal email address, so just send it there.
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