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Thursday, March 22, 2007

How to transfer music to your Blackberry as a mass storage device – Step-by-Step (Guide)

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.)
In addition, the following extensions are supported:
  • .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+
There are two ways to transfer music files to your Blackberry device. The first is to use the media manager within the Blackberry Desktop software. While a decent way to transfer, it not only requires you to have the Desktop Manager software installed – but the transfer is slower. The other method is to transfer the files via Windows Explorer once you have enabled your Blackberry’s microSD media storage card as a Mass Storage device. If you have not installed the your microSD card and enabled the Mass Storage device, you can see how to do that here. Note that transferring files and streaming media to the Blackberry from your computer is not supported.

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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Anonymous said...

I got all the songs on my blackberry, but now when i click on them it says..unable to display file? it won't play!

Ken Hanscom said...

What file type(s) are you using for music? Are the DRM protected?

Anonymous said...

Im really confused, my Blackberry says there is no media card inserted, but my computer shows an extra file under "Device memory" on my Media manager bu says the Media card is not activated.

In other words, my Blackberry says there isnt a memory card but its activated and my computer says there IS a memory card but its NOT activated.

I need help!

Anonymous said...

Just use your computer to format the memory card. After that, turn off and turn on your blackberry again ! I have the same problem when i unplug the cable without selecting safely remove features. Hope it help !

Kevin and Sho said...

thanks, this was a big help. I had to replace my bberry (cracked screen) so i wanted to move the files from my old to new bberry. The media software from RIM wouldn't let me recognize any of the music or pics.
This is what i did to get it to work, i logged into the bberry with the RIM software (typed my password) and then went to Windows Explorer and then it was recognized as an external drive with all the files...Copied to my desktop and then did the same with the new bberry. It was very easy, makes me hate my ipod a little more.
thanks for the post.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, this was really helpful!!

Anonymous said...

You Rock! Been Trying to figure this out for days. Thank you

Anonymous said...

my bberry says unsupported format what gives? will the way you say abov work?