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Old 06-14-2008, 08:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm using songs as my ring tones, but when I receive a call it only plays the first 5 seconds or so and then repeats from the beginning. Is there a setting so it will play continuously for the 20-30 seconds before it goes to voice mail?
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reduce the file size of the desired ringtones by reducing the sampling rate and/or get a faster microSD card... preferably a Class4 or Class6 card.

when you have a song on the memory card set as a ringtone, the phone begins to play the file and has little time to cache the file in local memory... if the flow of data from the card cant keep up (either due to too large a file or slow card transfer speeds), the song will stop and loop to the beginning of what was able to be cached in local RAM.

this doesnt happen using the media player because upon choosing a song, there is a couple second pause before the song starts... that's the software caching the song and creating a buffer before playing. unfortunately, if your ringer were to start 2-3 seconds after your phone started ringing, you'd have even less notification of a call.

bottom line, you need the least amount of data possible for the song file and the fastest data transport possible for ringtones as there is limited cache buffer for ringtone play.
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Make sure it is less than 30 seconds long, and less than 512KB
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Make sure it is less than 30 seconds long, and less than 512KB
it can be well over 30 seconds long. but you may not hear the end depending on how many rings you have your voicemail set to intercept the call.
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Most carriers don't ring more than 30 seconds--as a matter of fact they are routinely set to 15 seconds before voicemail. So you can have a 2 minute ringtone, but yes, it's pointless and only creates a larger file in an already overcrowded device memory. Right?

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is your phone vibrating before it the ringtone plays?
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Wirelessly posted (8310; The Juggernaut)So you can have a 2 minute ringtone, but yes, it's pointless and only creates a larger file in an already overcrowded device memory. Right?
you can set how long before voicemail intercepts the call in your voicemail settings. i have mine set to 6 rings.

as for device memory, it's only caching the song, and therefore gets released once the call is over... hence why no matter how many times the ringtone plays, it still gets cut off. it stops caching immediately after the ringtone plays.

it's a waste to make it much longer than what you prescribed, although for people who have longer ringer settings, a little more is ok is all i'm saying... as it's based on file size and memory card xfer speeds more than file length.

and people may also use a full song they have in their playlist... a song that may be recorded at a higher bitrate that will not be able to xfer fast enough to play more than a couple seconds. and to those people, i recommend reducing the sampling rate to 128kbps max with VBR compression. this will give them a relatively high quality mp3 recording with the smallest file size so it caches quickly for ringtone use AND sounds good for playlist use.
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