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Can a MIDI be made to work on Android?

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  1. Zigman66

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    I have an old brick phone that has a MIDI ringtone that I REALLY liked. This brick is in my pile of phones I won't get rid of until I do certain things with each. This particular one is only waiting for me to figure this MIDI problem out before it joins the big electronics graveyard in the sky. I have tried to find it somewhere I could download it but to no avail.
    Now that I went and started this I just realized I put the phone "somewhere so I would know where it is". So the next question someone will ask is "What MIDI is it?" And now I don't have the answer but will look for the phone to find out. Best I can say at the moment it was a Nokia of a silver color and was one of the last before they quit making them for the system used here in the states, from my understanding.
    I realize there isn't a great deal of hope in this one but if someone has any idea at all how to get a Middi to work in the newer phones or how to convert it to something that will I sure would appreciate it
     

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    MIDI isn't an audio format, it's a protocol designed to convey electronic musical instrument data.
     
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    That probably didn't help you at all :) But is your problem how to get an audio file from an old phone?
     
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    It will play. I also have quite a few MID ringtones as you didn't have to edit to use. The files are very small.

    However, with newer phones, they might not accept a mid as a ringtone. I put some in anyway using Ringdroid.

    Nougat won't accept as a main phone ringtone, so I had to switch from the MID Cocaine, to The Pusher(mp3)

    I added the MIDs to contacts and they play.
     
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    Pardon, but I am totally tech handicapped so that answer went right over my head. I would ask you to explain to me like a child but my grandchildren have a better grasp of smartphones than I do so even that wouldn't work. Is there a way to convert the MIDI to something my smart phone will use?
     
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    I THINK that is what I am looking for??
     
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    The Midi ringtones that the OP is refereeing to are .MID files, which many candybar dumb-phones and flip-phones did used to use for ringtones. They don't contain any audio recording at all, and are usually very small, around 10-50kB. Sometimes they were referred to as "polyphonic ringtones" as well.

    They could be transcoded into MP3, AAC or Vorbis, by playing them on a PC or Mac and just recording them.
     
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    Well there you go, I stand corrected. a .MID file is indeed in MIDI format.

    https://fileinfo.com/extension/mid
     
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    Can you send us that MIDI?

    Because I think I can convert it...
     
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    I would if I can figure out how to get it from the phone to the computer. I just moved recently so now I have to figure out where the dang thing is :thinking:
     
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    Oh, so that is your actual problem?

    I think if the phone has a SD card slot, then you can use the file manager to transfer the MIDI to the SD card, and then from the SD card to the computer....
     
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    I am pretty sure it is too old to have the SD slot but will check as soon as I can locate it
     
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    As It's a "brick phone" i.e. a dumb-phone, I suspect the ringtone itself just part of the phone's firmware and is not actually an accessible file. If that's so, probably only thing you can do is try to record it as the phone is ringing, maybe via the headset jack. If you know what the tune is called, you might be able to find it online somewhere.

    What phone actually is it?
     
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    You might be able to retrieve that ringtone using 'BitPim'. This is a real long-shot as it's a very dated utility that only works on some CDMA phones. I used it successfully on some old phones but from what I remember it took a lot of experimentation to get it to work.
    Also, if that old phone even has an interface port (a lot of those early phones only had a charging port), it most likely won't be micro- or mini-USB so you'll have to shop around for an appropriate USB-data cable. If you're lucky that phone has Bluetooth support as that can be used too.

    BitPim
    http://www.bitpim.org/
    http://www.bitpim.org/help/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BitPim

    https://lifehacker.com/400440/back-up-and-sync-your-cell-phone-with-bitpim
     
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    Or you could cheat all together... find the name of the ringtone, and look it up in something like zedge where it may be available already converted.
     
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    I have not had any luck finding the darn phone yet. And I can't remember the name of that tune either. I am hoping I didn't just get rid of the phone and can't remember
     
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    I am pretty sure it was this model. It sure looks like what I remember. Nokia 3120. But still cant find my actual phone. I did find a list of 112 Nokia Midi tones, listened to them all, and still didn't find the one I am looking for
     
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    I remember there was a site where you could hum a song and it would give you its name... I never tried it, but I read about it on pinterest.

    Here's the site, try and see if it works:
    midomi.com
     

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