ring ring

All the recent hub-bub around iTMS offering ringtone functionality made me think about ringtones in general. For the record, I don’t like fancy ringtones. From my observation and experience, most of the people who have Glamorous or such like on their phones are the ones who: a) make them ring loudly and b) talk at the top of their voices on the bus about their dog puking on the carpet.

It’s actually pretty straightforward to make your own mp3 ringtone using audacity. Just slice and dice the song and bluetooth it to the phone.

But I don’t want a snippet of a song, however much I like it. I just want a regular ring that sounds like a ring and not some high pitched version of bagpipes blowing. Unbelievably my new phone has only one tone that I like. Fortunately there’s no shortage of people who think the same. A little research brought me to rcptones and a nice selection of non-offensive ringtones. Here’s what I’m using, it’s called norm01:

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There are a few simple tones that have emphasis on understatement rather than shouty. I like this popular one called Wheels:

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Oh, read how to embed an mp3 to a website.

embed sound

I remember looking for, and finding a solution to embed a quicktime movie to the website. So today I was playing around with ringtones, found some and wanted to post on the website, I needed to find a way to embed mp3s. Of course the quicktime method works too, all I’ll have is audio but not video.

There are many ways and many online players. This from, of all places, the google blog, is a 10 second cut and paste. All I needed to do was replace [mp3 file address] with the url of my uploaded mp3.

<embed src= “http://www.odeo.com/flash/audio_player_standard_black.swf” quality=”high” width=”300” height=”52” allowScriptAccess=”always” wmode=”transparent”  type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” flashvars= “valid_sample_rate=true&external_url=[mp3 file address]” pluginspage=”http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer”> </embed>

There are several styles of players — they’re not fabulous, but get the job done. Supposedly we have to sign up and go to our profile page to select the player, but I found that by going to studio.odeo.com, selecting one of the featured people and clicking the link that says “embeddable player” will bring me to the page with a selection of players. It’s just a matter of changing the mp3 url and twiddling with bits of the code if necessary.