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“How do I get ringtones on my Palm Pre?” is a question I continue to see, both in email and in comments. It’s actually quite easy thanks to the Palm Pre’s USB Mode. This morning before heading out to the airport, I grabbed an MP3 file […]

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“How do I get ringtones on my Palm Pre?” is a question I continue to see, both in email and in comments. It’s actually quite easy thanks to the Palm Pre’s USB Mode. This morning before heading out to the airport, I grabbed an MP3 file of the ringer used by the fictitious CTU in “24″ from the web. To get the file on my Pre, I simply connected my Pre to a computer with the USB cable. Doing so offers three options: “Just Charge,” “Media Sync” and “USB Mode.”

I tapped USB Mode, which mounts the Palm Pre like any other external drive, which you can see in the screencap. At that point, it’s nothing more than a quick drop and drag of the MP3 ringtone into the Ringtones folder on my Pre. After ejecting and unmounting the Pre, the new ringtone file appears in the Pre’s “Sounds & Ringtones” app. Just select the new ringtone in the list and you’re done! There’s no need to use a third-party app for this on the Pre and the method is supported on all platforms: Windows, Mac and Linux. Once the webOS 1.2 update hits, there might be a way to accomplish the same thing without a computer involved. I’m hoping that MP3 files can simply be downloaded directly via the browser, much like we’ll be able to do with photos.

By the way —  I don’t use the Media Sync feature to get music from iTunes to my Pre, either. I use the same general USB Mode method as above, but I copy the song folders to the Amazon MP3 folder on my Pre. You might be able to put the audio tracks anywhere you want on the Pre, but I like keeping the MP3 files together for easier management.

  1. Personally for other media files i made a folder in the root directory called Media and put sub folders in there called Music and Video and the apps found them just fine. it wont use them as ringtones (that’s a good thing) but both media apps find and play them just fine.

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  2. Yes, you can put media files absolutely anywhere (or at least most places) and they just work. I too use a “Music” folder at the root level. I like to keep my Amazon MP3 folder for tunes I have recently purchased through Amazon MP3 and have yet to integrate into my collection.

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  3. Nope, still can’t download MP3s in the leaked version of 1.2 – it’ll still automatically stream them. Though, I suppose what you could do is hold orange and press to copy URL, then use Filecoaster to download the MP3.

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  4. Very important question: Is the ringtone you mention the office phone (doo doo dee doo) or Jack Bauer’s cell phone ringtone? I’ve been looking for the latter forever but can’t find it. The former is easy enough to find, though.

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    1. Sorry Chris. It’s the doo doo dee doo tone from the CTU office. :( Wish I could help you on the other one…

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  5. I used songs I’d downloaded from limewire and transfered them to my Pre. Later I was able to add music from my phone to the ringtone list… It works great and instead of playing a snippet of a song like ringtones do, I am able to play the song as the ringtone for as long as the phone rings.

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    1. i was wondering how you were able to transfer mp3 files to ur ringtone list on ur palm pre? can you help me out

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  6. I tried the above method for adding a ringtone and it let me select it once it was added but once I closed it and reopened it, it shows the song but not selected anymore.

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  7. Thanks for the information. Now I got all my songs on my phone. So, how can we alter the song to make a ringtone? These songs start from the beginning and I’m looking for the chorus as a ringtone.
    Any ideas?

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  8. Ana,

    See the bottom portion of the article at: http://www.freemosquitoringtones.org/ringtones/palm-pre-ringtones/

    It lists a few good website to do the editing you mention before the song is downloaded to your Pre.

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  9. Thank you so much for the info. It was helpful and it worked!!

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  10. TO TELL You THE TRUTH I HATE MY PALM PRE… IF MY HUBBY KNEW HE WOULD BE MAD BUT SORRY TO SAY IT’s TRUE… I HAD THE HTC TOUCH PRO AND I WAS ABLE TO DO WAY MORE THINGS THEN THIS CRAP PHONE AND I’m NOT TO HAPPY ABOUT …. IT REALLY IS NOT WHAT I EXPECTED….. VERY MAD AT MY SLEF FOR BUGGING MY HUBBY TO GET IT FOR ME……. =( =( =(

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