One thing I look for in a phone is the ability to play MP3's as ring tones. Wanna know why? Because I don't like paying my cell phone carrier for ringtones! That and I don't like the annoying stock tones that come with the phone! I like my phone to be an expression of me, not Verizon!
My last phone could play MP3's, but not use them as ring tone. I wrote about how I got around that a while back. My new phone, the Blackberry Pearl isn't as tricky. It straight up plays MP3's as ring tones and doesn't give me any lip about it! The only problem, for me anyway, with using an MP3 as a ring tone is that I usually only let my phone ring for a second or two before I answer it. Since that is the case, I don't want the whole song, I only need a small part of the song. I also don't want to take up a lot of room on my phone either. To solve these problems one needs an audio editor that can trim the MP3 down a bit.
I used to use Nero's Wave Editor which works great, but you have to buy it. You all know me and what a cheap skate I am. Now I use Audacity which is a free open source audio file editor that can do all sorts of cools stuff, including, but not limited to, making your own ring tones! In fact, if you have never heard of it before, here is a list of some of it's features:
- Record live audio.
- Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
- Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
- Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
- Change the speed or pitch of a recording.
- And more! See the complete list of features.
What's more is that there is a port of Audacity for Linux, Mac and Windows! No matter what your machine is running, you can use Audacity!
If you have been looking for something to trim your music files, or something to spruce them up a bit, and maybe add some cool effects, then you should definitely check out Audacity.