Wav Ringtones

Written by Adam Blau
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Cell phones have begun incorporating WAV ringtones into their operating systems, thereby allowing cell phone users to utilize ringtones with impeccably high sound quality. WAV files are a type of file used by computers to designate sound. Essentially, a sound is sliced into thousands of tiny parts and its waveform is given a digital representation.

When played back at an incredibly rapid pace, this collection of digital audio information will give the illusion of high-quality sound. To give you an idea, a compact disc plays back 44,100 of these frames in a single second. The more frames played back per second, the higher quality the sound will be.

WAV Files and WAV Ringtones

As cell phone memories get larger and larger, the phones themselves can accommodate WAV ringtones to signal the onset of an incoming call. What this means is that a series of these sonic snapshots is stored digitally in the phone's memory. When you get an incoming call, the WAV ringtones play back the series of numbers (translated into sonic data), and you will hear a familiar tune.

Most WAV ringtones use fewer frames than the CD standard of 44,100 frames/second (called the "sampling rate"). By doing this, more digital information can be stored on the phone, allowing for a greater number of WAV ringtones overall. While using a lower sampling rate lowers the audio quality, the sound is usually good enough to serve its purpose as a ringtone.

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