We are trying to make the PodBible audio Bible (podcasts) available to users on mobile phones, when that project is ready it will be at http://podbible.mobi but at present that’s just an experimental site. We have a problem though with MP3 files, they are still too big!
On FutureBible (the overarching project to deliver the Bible in various ways to mobile phones) David introduces us to a (to me) new file format AMR: An alternative to mp3, I have tried it, using the conversion tool David points to, and it works, a 1.11MB MP3 (at 32kbps) becomes a 218KB AMR (at 6.7 MR) which sounds “nearly” as good though till I amplified it was a bit “quieter”.
However, I have two questions you might be able to answer for me:
- What mobile phones can or can’t play AMR files? So if you have a phone can you try downloading this AMR file and seeing if it plays, and report the make, model and result below, please!
- What exactly are the licensing issues with AMR there is a link on the Wikipedia site to an VoiceAge legal page, but I go cross-eyed trying to find out what that means for ordinary non-commercial users. Any comments on that would be helpful too!