One of the great new features I am starting to enjoy on my Blackberry 8800 smartphone is the ability for it to play multimedia files and specifically Audio. (music) Surprisingly, there are a number of audio formats that Blackberry supports. Although I am not quite sure if it will completely replace my iPod, it is definitely a great new feature I am enjoying.
The following formats are supported by 8100 (Pearl) and 8800 series:
- ACC - audio compression formats AAC, AAC+, and EAAC+
- AMR - Adaptive Multi Rate-Narrow Band (AMR-NB) speech coder standard (Supported AMR-NB rates are 4.75 KBps, 5.15 KBps, 5.9 KBps, 6.7 KBps, 7.4 KBps, 7.95 KBps, 10.2 KBps, and 12.2 KBps)
- AMR files must conform to the standards specified in Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Request for Comments (RFC) document RFC3267, Section 5, on the the Internet RFC Archive web site.
- MIDI - Polyphonic MIDI (.mid, .midi, or .smf)
- MP3 - encoded using MPEG Part 1 and Part 2 audio layer 3 (Supported sample rates are 16Khz, 22.050Khz, 24Khz, 32Khz, 44.1Khz and 48Khz.)
- WAV - supports sample rates of 8 kHz, 16 kHz, 22.05 kHz, 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, and 48 kHz with 8-bit and 16-bit depths in mono or stereo (Supports WAV files created using audio codec GSM6.10.)
- .avi containing PCM, MP3, and AAC, AAC+, and eAAC+
- .3gp containing MP3, AMR-NB, AAC, AAC+, and eAAC+
- .mp4 containing MP3, AMR-NB, AAC, AAC+, and eAAC+
- .mov containing MP3, AMR-NB, AAC, AAC+, and eAAC+
- .aac and .m4a containing AAC, AAC+, and eAAC+
Here is the step-by-step:
1. Connect your Blackberry to you computer via the USB cable.
2. If you have properly enabled your Blackberry as a Mass Storage Device, your Blackberry's microSD card will show as a removable drive on your computer. For this guide, it happens to be on "Removable Disk" G:. Double-Click.
3. Double-click on the Blackberry folder
4. Double-click on the music folder
5. The folder should be empty.
6. Copy your music files to your Blackberry. Depending on the size, transfer time may vary.
7. Disconnect your Blackberry 8800 from the USB cable and go to the Multimedia icon on you Blackberry. You need to disconnect when you use the Mass Storage device method as it disables direct access from the Blackberry when connected to the PC via the USB cable.
8. Click on the Music icon.
9. Click on the Media Card folder
10. Select your Music folder
11. Select your Song
12. Play your music and enjoy!
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