MP3s & Waves to AMR Ringtones for Treo 650
March 25, 2005
There are a lot of programs for the Treo 650 that will play MP3s or .wav files as the ringtone.
Unfortunately, these don’t help you if you want to replace other sounds, such as the incoming mail sound. They also require a $25 – $30 music player be installed (and taking up precious Treo memory) in order to have the MP3 or .wav codec on board.
The Treo 650 will, however, play Nokia-style AMR (.amr) ringtones, if you can manage to generate some and get them on the phone.
Here’s at least one way to do it.
(Unfortunately, this is a “windows-only” thing for now. If someone comes up with a Mac method, please let me know…)
- If you have an MP3, you’ll need to convert it to Microsoft .wav format. This can be done through a lot of programs, but since iTunes is free and popular, we’ll use it.
Load your MP3 (or hopefully, short fragment thereof) into iTunes. Go into Preferences and change Import Format to WAV. You might as well choose a low bitrate version—you don’t get much audio fidelity with ringtones.
Right click on your MP3 and chose “Convert to Wave”. Your converted file will be in the iTunes music folder; you can right click on it in iTunes and choose Get Info to find out the exact path.
Don’t forget to change your Import preferences back to MP3 (or whatever you prefer), or you’ll be real surprised the next time you rip a CD.
- Go here for instructions on how to download, install and use the Nokia Multimedia Converter from Nokia.
It’s free, but you have to do a bunch of dinking around registering for their developer forum in order to download it and get the serial number to install it.
- Convert your wav file to AMR using the instructions found in step 2.
- The remaining problem is how to get the AMR file to the phone; Palm Desktop does not recognize it as a valid file type, and neither does Missing Sync on the Mac.
You can, however, either copy it via Bluetooth, or mail it to the phone.
I chose to mail mine.
Attach your AMR files to your message, and retrieve them on your e-mail client of choice on the phone. Open the attachment, and the Treo will recognize it as a ringtone and install it as one of the device “sounds”.
I found that most running programs (such as my e-mail program) didn’t re-read the list of available sounds once launched, so I did a soft reset. Once I did that, I was able to select my new sound as my incoming mail sound.