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Thursday, December 22, 2005

MP3 Ringtones on Samsung t809 cell phone

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*** I added a simple batch file "program" at this link to help with this process ***

Many users are mad that copying MP3's to their phone won't let them use it as a ringtone. It seems the t809 requires DRM (Digital Rights Management) on the MP3 in order to play it as a ringtone.

Some users found a great work around -- rename the MP3 on your computer before copying it over to your phone. The normal MP3 extension of the filename, for example: FUNSONG.MP3, needs to become 3GP. You can do this in Windows Explorer or in DOS -- just rename the MP3 portion to 3GP.

I've tested the following procedure and it works flawless:

1. Find your MP3 folder on your computer
2. Click Tools -> Folder Options -> View
3. Make sure the "Hide file extensions for known file types" is UNCHECKED.
4. Click Apply, then click OK
5. Find the MP3 file you want to use as a ringtone. Right click it.
6. Click Rename -- erase the MP3 portion and replace it with 3GP. If the filename is FUNSONG.MP3 it must now be called FUNSONG.3GP
7. Copy the file to your phone (via USB or Bluetooth)
8. Select it as a ring tone, and you're set.

Be careful with the size of your ringtones, of course. I use Audacity (a open source freeware sound editing program) to make my ringtones smaller, so as not to take up too much space on my t809.

Why would Samsung limit the phone this way when it is so easy to work around it?

56 Comments:

  • Great Blog,Thanks for the tips!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:00 PM  

  • Thank you so much. This is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you, thank you, thank you. :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:07 AM  

  • First off this is an awesome blog, you're very helpful and friendly!

    Now to the problem: I purchased my Samsung t809 today from Tmo and I absolutely LOVE IT! But of course I want /free/ mp3 ringtones without paying and I came back to your blog and wa-la you had a fix to my problem...

    BUT!

    I soon found out it didn't work :( I tried doing it both manually, and with the little program you made and neither worked. I get an error message saying "Unknown file type". Please help! Pleeeease!

    Don

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:05 AM  

  • I had the same issue... Is a different program needed for the transfer to the phone?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:33 AM  

  • someone told me that the USB setting must be mass storage.. but once i select mass storage, my PC would not recognize my phone. do you know what to do?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:28 PM  

  • Figured it out.

    1. Rename the .mp3 song on your PC to .3gp
    2. On your phone, go to Menu -> Settings -> Phone Settings -> USB Settings and select 'Mass Storage'
    3. You should now have a removable storage drive E: in My Computer in Windows (it may be called F: or something else, but it will say Removable Storage)
    4. Copy your .3gp file from your PC to the Music folder on your removable drive (exactly the same way you would copy files to a USB flash drive)
    5. Unplug phone from computer. If you don't, you will get an error message 'USB in use' in the next step.
    6. On your phone, go to Menu -> Fun and Apps -> File Manager -> Music -> Memory Card -> Music
    7. Hit Options -> Copy To -> Phone and select all the songs you want to copy.
    8. Once you copy to the phone you can view the songs by going Menu -> Fun and Apps -> File Manager -> Music -> My Music
    9. From there you can set as a General ringtone, a specific caller ringtone, alarm tone, ect.

    Hope this helps!
    -kjigz

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:28 PM  

  • by the way after you transfer your .3gp files you can go to Menu -> Settings -> Phone Settings -> USB Settings and select Modem for the samsung software to recognize the phone again.

    -kjigz

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:30 PM  

  • You need to transfer the 3gp file to your memory card NOT the phone.
    A`la mass storage as stated.
    Just wanted to clarify.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:35 AM  

  • thanks so much..i really appreciate your help..it worked..instantly it just took me a couple of minutes to change the file names..thanks once again!

    By Anonymous sexcbooty, at 12:01 AM  

  • It didnt work! Everytime i click on the removable drive F:, it says "Please enter disk into drive F:" What is that about??

    By Blogger Titan, at 10:53 PM  

  • kjigz you're amazing!!! I was having so much trouble with this but with your help I got it! All the free mp3 ringtones I'll ever need thanks!

    dan

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:30 AM  

  • This is an excellent blog. The tips worked great. Thanks a million!!

    By Blogger GV, at 4:55 PM  

  • i have deleted the ringtones that originally came with the phone. they were in drm format. is there a way that i could get that back on the phone? someone said that you would need those ringtones so you could play mp3 ringtones.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:35 PM  

  • i keep trying to get it to work also and it never lets me select the song to be used as a ringtone. what am i doing wrong??

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:25 AM  

  • I also get the "Please enter disk into drive F:" Error message when trying to access the T809 as a disk drive. The phone is in Mass Storage mode and Windows definitely recognizes the device when it's plugged in. I looked at the Samsung drivers and they appear only to apply to the modem. It's using a Windows driver for the Mass storage.

    Anyone had this problem and been able to resolve it?

    Also, I moved files over to the SD the adaptor, but when I try to access the card in the phone in file manager I get a "Not Allowed" error. Anyone seen this?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:11 AM  

  • Ok. I've converted the mp3 files to aac format and changed the extension to .3gp. I've moved the file over to the phone using PC Studio under the Music Folder. I can see and play the file on the player, but the phone will not allow me to select the file as a ring tone. I get the error message "Not Supported Content"

    I just got this phone. Any change they've updated the firmware to break the .3gp hack?

    Here's my firmware (via *#9999#)

    Et809.02
    t809uvej9

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:40 PM  

  • everytime i click it, it says please inter disk into drive... please help!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:55 AM  

  • i've been up for hours trying to figure this out... I did everything you guys explained, but when I try to move the file to phone, it automatically goes to "other files" and it won't let me 'set as' anything... what am i doing wrong??? please help me!! it's like its working for everyone but me... but i followed the steps carefully!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:44 AM  

  • Hey I cant my phone to connect to my computer. It says not connected can anyone help me with this?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:16 PM  

  • i have gotten it to work but it has been acting weird. i download the songs in 3gp format but if i download for example 4 songs onto the memory card it will only have 2 or 1 when i go into my phone after disconnecting the usb. it gets annoying because i have to keep trying to download them until i get lucky enough for it to actually be on the mem card. do u have any advice?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:05 PM  

  • hey i tried all this but how do i make my mp3 in to .3gp i don't understand a bit please help me my email adress is HBK8549@aol.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:00 PM  

  • Awesome it worked...Thanks..Anyway to make the volume louder even when the ringer is set to the loudest setting/

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:36 PM  

  • I think they've changed the firmware for the phone because this hack is not working for my phone. my firmware number is ET809.02 T809UVEJ9. has anyone successfully performed a hack for mp3 ringers for this firmware? i'd appreciate the info.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:13 PM  

  • I followed the steps above and it says to insert disk into drive E:. I tried both methods the mass storage and the modem one used with samsung.

    Is the firmware new or somehting and they stopped it?? :(

    Please help!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:59 PM  

  • omg...that tutorial is so helpful ^-^
    i'm so glad i found it, now i can change the ringtones to whatever i like without having to pay for those hi-fi ringers or ringtones

    thank you thank you thank you

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:56 PM  

  • pretty simple thanks.
    alot of you ppl out there are kinda slow. no offense. have fun.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:01 AM  

  • I have a different type of problem. I hook up my USB to my computer and phone. Then it recognizes it and I open the files. I go to sound and click and drag my MP3 song from my computer to my phone. When I unplug the USB and go to MP3 Player on my phone, It doesn't have the song. Can anyone help me? My email address is SPYDAMAN00786@comcast.net THANKS IN ADV

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:05 AM  

  • i just got this phone yesterday and was trying in dismay to put on ringtones, and then i stumbled across your advice. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! Works like a charm

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:53 PM  

  • any way to set an MP3 file as a message alert?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:06 PM  

  • Please someone help me!!! I need to learn how to change the file to 3gp on my computer to make my phone play my ringtones. I don't know much about computer but I would be grateful if someone could
    walk me through it, I've tried everything and I have not had any luck, I might be doing it wrong. Please someone help me!!! My email is kim_peaches@hotmail.com

    please help

    Thank you in advance

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:53 AM  

  • Very useful man, got it to work! I can't believe I paid 2 bucks for a ringtone that didn't have the part I wanted! that was gay...lol

    awesome man, sorry for all these computer illiterate people...:(

    By Anonymous Bizcut, at 3:09 PM  

  • thanks a lot it works great.. glad i dont have to pay for the ringtones when i can just get them for free :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:25 PM  

  • Thanks Man.. Worked like a charm..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:00 PM  

  • DUDE!!!

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. I LOVE THIS PHONE AND WAS BUMMED TO HAVE TO PAY FOR MP3 RINGS, BUT THANKS TO YOU, YOU HAVE MADE MY DAY SO ENJOYABLE TODAY. I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP, I CANT TELL YOU HOW MUCH!

    CHEERS MATE,
    THANK YOU AGAIN

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:09 PM  

  • THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE HELP MAN. YOU HAVE REALLY MADE MY DAY SO ENJOYABLE. I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP TO EVERYONE WHO HAS DISCOVERED THIS THROUGH YOU.

    CHEERS MATE
    THANKS SO MUCH

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:11 PM  

  • It was very easy to do, no problem at all. Thanks for heads up. For anyone else, I type 3gp as 3GP and it works fine for me. For connections, I don't know, I just plug in my USB cable into my computer and It always work.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:51 AM  

  • i can change the file extension but i just cant seem to save it to the memory card because it says i have write-protection..how do i turn that off?..because i cant save or copy anything to the memory disk right now
    please send me an email if anyone can help to phillychic984@msn.com
    Thanks!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:15 PM  

  • hi guys -
    ive been trying to do this all day and still have not succeeded. i`m pretty frustrated..and was just hoping for any help at all.
    basically i`ve gotten the songs onto my phone under memory card and music, and the set as option is there. the options are set as ringtone, caller ringtone, or alarm ringtone. however, when i pick set as ringtone, it says 'not supported content'
    does anyone have any ideas on how to fix this?
    i would really appreciate it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:20 PM  

  • WOWOWOWOWOWOW THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i seriouly was stressing over the fact that i couldnt use my mp3 as ringtone but you solved my problem!!! thanks

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:02 PM  

  • Hey i have found a freeware program that works awesome http://www.nurs.or.jp/~calcium/3gpp/3GP_Converter031.zip
    you can drag and drop a mp3 or a video into the box and it converts it to a real 3gp file about 1/4 or 1/8 the original size, it made it too where i have 32 songs and 4 full length music videos, all on the 32mb micro sd card. i also did a "froogle" search on the micro sd and found a 1 gig card for around $55 bucks and if you do the math that works out to about 400-600 songs on your phone! I love my Phone

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:09 PM  

  • hi.. i got some of my songs to work but others won't. is it because of size? It's weird because I have 'set as' option for only some.. am I doing something wrong with some of them?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:46 PM  

  • i had the same problem with the usb method... it's a lot easier to use a card reader and the sd adapter that came with the phone. i did it that way and used the "drag and drop" method. i had no problems doing it this way. browse your memory card in both "sounds" and "music" folder. it will be in there and you'll be able to set it as your ringtone. this method is a lot easier than the program that the phone comes with.

    By Anonymous Exiled 24/7, at 1:56 AM  

  • excellent blog, thanks for the tips

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:41 PM  

  • im actually stuck on step one, which is converting mp3 to 3gp. can anyone give me a step-by-step on how to do that with whatever method you suggest? thanks

    By Blogger blazinamh, at 9:55 AM  

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you. :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:24 PM  

  • Actually, Samsung does not limit this feature. If you buy the unbranded version of this phone (the Samsung D820), it is exactly the same but you can use MP3's as ringtomes, and you can use Java programs that access the web.

    The reason that Tmobiles t809 and Cingulars d807 have this feature limited is so that you will buy ringtones and software from their WAP stores, instead of make your own.

    ~Rick

    By Anonymous Rick, at 4:54 PM  

  • i wish this might help you folks.. i transfered the *.3gp with a bluetooth and just paste it.. not in any folder.. (example music\ or sound\) in short "DONT PUT THE *.3GP FILE IN ANY FOLDER"

    dont worry the file will be automatically put in music\ folder.

    there you go you can you it now as a ringtone.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:07 PM  

  • Dude you are a phone bill gates. I was trying 4 this thing since i got my phone, but i just did ur steps and works tight man. thanks bro

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:25 AM  

  • I make my ringtones at
    www.makeownringtone.com
    I've never seen anything easier for this task.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:47 PM  

  • wow...i've been trying to find out how to do this for about a year now and FINALLY i found it! thanks!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:03 PM  

  • I have a Mac OSX and I was able to just bluetooth it to my phone with the 3gp extension, and it worked fine. Thank you so much for this!!!
    burdenblossom@yahoo.com

    By Anonymous Burden, at 8:28 AM  

  • thank you !! :D with the vista, i thought it wasn't possible to change the format of the song. ^^; ty :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:39 AM  

  • when you bluetooth it..where does it get saved in? because my laptop said the transfer was successful but when i went to menu->fun & apps->file manager->music->my music it wasn't there...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:23 PM  

  • so i got it on to my phone as the 3gp file but now i can't seem to get it to be my ringtone, anyone have any solutions? how did you guys do it?

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