One of the great new features I am starting to enjoy on my BlackBerry is the ability for it to play multimedia files and specifically audio (music).
And below are the formats supported by BlackBerry Pearl and BlackBerry Storm:
For BlackBerry Pearl:
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.)
For BlackBerry Storm:
Video format support: MPEG4 H.263, MPEG4 Part 2 Simple Profile, H.264, WMV
Audio format support: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WMA ProPlus
However, I bet there are not a few people who’d like to enjoy music songs from iTunes on their BlackBerry phones. What frustrates them most is the fact that the iTunes tracks they purchased or downloaded are in a “protected” AAC or M4P audio format and they are unable to play them beyond iTunes environment. The DRM-ed iTunes music songs are not recognized by BlackBerry devices at all.
Never give up, anyway! The post I previously wrote How to convert DRM protected iTunes M4P music songs to MP3 is right there helping you get rid of the headache. You can choose either the burn-and-rip method or that of using TuneClone Audio Converter elaborated in that post.
After you get the output MP3 files (actually you can also output M4P to WAV), you can now begin to transfer them to your BlackBerry:
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 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!