program to convert an mp3 to ringtone?

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  1. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Anyone know of a program to convert an mp3 into a ringtone? It being Universal would be great and free would be good too. If the phone matters, it is a Samsung SGH-T509. Thanks in advance for any help given :).
     
  2. applelabs macrumors member

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    What formate does a ringtone need to be in?
     
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    Well if your phone accepts MP3 ringtones (like my LG VX5300) then there isn't a need to convert anything.

    Most newer phones accept MP3 ringtones.
     
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    I've already tried putting the mp3 file in the ringtone folder via bluetooth and it is greyed out when I select my ringtones, so it doesn't like mp3. (it will play it though.)
     
  6. Revlimit Punk macrumors regular

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    Is your phone unlocked?

    If you got it with a contract, your phone functionality might have been crippled by the telephone company to the extent of not letting you use your own audio files as ringtones, therefore forcing you to buy ringtones through their expensive download channels.

    The other popular format for ringtones is AAC (.mp4/.m4a). As an example, my unlocked Nokia 6680 accepts MIDI and MP3 files as ringtones but not AAC files.

    You might want to try plain & old MIDI files, but keep in mind that there is no way to convert MP3 or AAC or any true audio stream into MIDI format, so you'll have to look for "replicas" of your MP3 files in MIDI format on the internet. And they are not that easy to find except for very popular songs.
     
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    That really blows! :mad:

    If you look hard enough you can find a couple thousand ;) I have a bunch, but of course, the data cable (or the software) for my Nokia doesn't like macs.
     
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    I've read around a bit and found that some people have been successful with using both MIDI and 3GP type files as their ringtones. I'm trying to find a MP3 to 3GP converter right now, so if you have a link to one it would be appreciated.
     
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    Here you go

    Freeware as well :) I haven't used it so I have no idea if it works
     
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    I'm sorry, I just found some bad news... Link to Samsung's website

    Edit: oops didn't refresh the page in a while... I hope that the .3gp format will work fine on your phone. Quality wise, it should be the same as AAC/.m4a files at the same bitrate, so it's gonna be good.
     
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    That's completely unfair! :mad:
    Sorry for the OP...
     
  12. iBookG4user thread starter macrumors 604

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    The download link doesn't work :(. I searched google and have yet to find a program.
     
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    What song would you want as a ringtone? I'll see what I can do if midi is ok.
     
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    Sorry, didn't check the link first. My bad.
    I also have a few MIDIs if you want a particular song...
     
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    The song I want to use as my ringtone is Go by Mark Mrdeza.
     
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    Quicktime Pro lets you export audio files to 3G format. I know it's not free, but I wanted to mention it, in case you already own it.
     
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    I do own QuickTime Pro but 3G is a movie format.
     
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    Don't worry about that, it's not entirely true. It will do exactly what you are looking for.
    Take an .mp3 file and open it with quicktime pro. Export and select "from video to 3G" (don't worry about not providing a video stream to go with the audio track).
    Change the bitrate in the options to at least 128kbps AAC / 44khz sampling.
    Then just click on export and you'll have a .3gp audio file ready to go.
     
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    My mobile doesn't like the file, as it didn't transfer it. (it doesn't transfer any file to it that it doesn't understand)
     
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    What kind of phone do you have? I think that may have something to do with it. I had a Motorola L2 that would refuse to accept mp3's and play them. I now have a Nokia E62 that loves them and plays with them with spirit.
     
  21. applelabs macrumors member

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    This site lets you convert mp3s into a lot of other formats.
     
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    I did some further research and found that the person I read that said it could play 3gp files as ringtones lied and I now need it to be a MIDI file.
     
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    Damn, this sucks.

    It's so depressing to see mobile carriers are allowed to cripple functionality on nice phones like that. We're not even considered customers any more. We're just cash cows to them. They would make us pay for the air we breathe if they could.

    And sorry for the off topic, but Apple is now part of this disgusting business since they teamed up with Cingular and the only way to get the iPhone is to sign a 2 year contract with them.

    In less than a year from now, you will be forced to buy ringtones for your iPhone off the iTunes Music Store. It doesn't matter if you alredy own the song you want to use as ringtone, you'll have to buy it again because of stupid drm abuse. Yes, you'll be paying twice for the same song!

    It's the same reason why you won't get 3rd party apps on your iPhone. Skype on iPhone = less money for Cingular. Simple as that.

    Goodbye "Think different". Hello Big Brother.
     
  24. iBookG4user thread starter macrumors 604

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    Would unlocking the phone give it additional features? (Specifically using mp3 files as ringtones.)
     
  25. dllavaneras macrumors 68000

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    How do you unlock a phone? wouldn't that void your contract?
     

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