Supported audio formats

by Retired ‎02-16-2010 01:30 PM - edited ‎09-16-2010 03:29 PM (5,844 Views)



This article applies to the following:


  • BlackBerry® Device Software 4.0 and later
  • BlackBerry® Java® Development Environment (JDE) 4.0 and later



The supported audio formats for BlackBerry smartphones are summarized in the following table:


    Audio type  AAC  ADPCM2  AMR  AU  GSM  MIDI  MIDP-TS  MP3  WAV  WMA 
    MIME type  /aac  /x-oki-adpcm2  /amr  /basic  /x-gsm  /midi  /x-tone-seq  /mpeg  /x-wav  /x-ms-wma 
    BlackBerry® 8830 WorldEdition smartphone       1, 2
    BlackBerry® 8800 Series   1, 2
    BlackBerry®Curve™ 8300 smartphone   1, 2
    BlackBerry® Pearl™ smartphone  
    BlackBerry® 8700 Series      
    BlackBerry® 8703e smartphone            
    BlackBerry® 8707 smartphone            
    BlackBerry® 7100 Series              
    BlackBerry® 7100i smartphone              
    BlackBerry® 7130e smartphone            
    BlackBerry® 7130c and 7130g smartphones      
    BlackBerry® 6200 Series           partial      
    BlackBerry® 6700 Series           partial      
    BlackBerry® 7200 Series           partial      
    BlackBerry® 7700 Series           partial      

Additional Information


AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) - The supported formats include MPEG2 and MPEG4, as well as HE-AAC / AAC+. The supported sample rates are 8 KBps, 11.025 KBps, 12 KBps, 16 KBps, 22.05 KBps, 32 KBps, 44.1 KBps and 48 KBps. The supported channels are all configurations of mono and stereo (Note: Depending on the BlackBerry Device Software version, AAC+ may not support parametric stereo ).


ADPCM2 - This is a proprietary sampled audio format.


AMR (Adaptive Multi-Rate) - The 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; and the input must conform to RFC3267 Section 5 on the Internet FAQ Archive web site.


AU - This is a simple audio file format and associated with the µ-law logarithmic encoding.


GSM® (Global System for Mobile Communications®) - The supported sample rates range from 5.6 KBps to 13.2 KBps with a sampling rate of 8 kHz.


MIDI - Partial support of MIDI on earlier BlackBerry smartphone models refers to a buzzer capable of buzzing at various frequencies and volumes. All other BlackBerry smartphone models support polyphonic MIDI22.


MIDP-TS (Mobile Information Device Profile 2.0 Tone Sequence) - Provides mobile devices with the capability to create simple monophonic tone sequences based on MIDP 2.0.


MP3 - The supported format is MPEG-1 Layer 3; the supported sample rates are 32KHz, 44.1KHz, and 48KHz; and the supported channels are 1 (mono) and 2 (stereo).


WAV - The supported encodings include PCM, uLaw, and aLaw. The supported sampling rates are 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.


Windows Media Audio (WMA) - WMA 9 standard profile decoder and WMA 10 professional profile decoder are supported by BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry Device Software 2.2.1 or later2. The WMA 9 standard profile decoder provides six channels at 128 KBps, starting at 96 kHz/24-bit. The WMA 10 professional profile decoder provides 8 channels decoding at 128 KBps.


1 Supports MP4


2 The supported MP3 formats for BlackBerry smartphones are MPEG Part 1 and Part 2 audio layer 3; the supported sample rates are 16kHz, 22.050kHz, 24kHz, 32kHz, 44.1kHz, and 48kHz. For additional information, see this article.



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