Friday, 3 August 2007

Nokia Multimedia Transfer v1.1 Beta Profiles

Okay I have gone through and cleaned up the profiles for the new 1.1 Beta version of Nokia Multimedia Transfer. Because of added built-in support, I don't have as many profiles any more, so I'm bundling them into one file:

Nokia Multimedia Transfer currently has built-in support for (see Nokia's site for the full list):

  • All N-Series phones through N76 and N95
  • All E-Series phones through E90.

Update #1: As of v1.1.1, Nokia added support for the XpressMusic 5700.

Therefore where I previously had E6x profiles, these are no longer required.

I currently have profiles for download for:

S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1 phones:

  • 6110 Navigator
  • 6120 Classic
  • 6290
  • 5700 XpressMusic

(Thanks to Wayne for providing, testing and using the 6120 profile, which I've extended to the other S60 3rd Ed FP1 phones herein.)

S60 3rd Edition phones:

  • 3250
  • 5500 Sport

S60 2nd Edition phones:

  • 6630, 6680, 6681, 6682
  • 3230, 6260, 6620, 6670, 7610

These are all included in this single download file, which you should uncompress to Library/Application Support/Nokia Multimedia Transfer/Profiles in your home folder, and restart Nokia Multimedia Transfer.

New profiles, Plus Music Fixer required

Okay, more confirmation:

If you are using a custom profile and it is not superseded by one built-in to Nokia Multimedia Transfer (ie, you are not using an N-Series or E-Series phone) you will need an upgraded profile or your phone will stop working. I will get those profiles out by the weekend.

Likewise, Plus Music Fixer, in order to sync with Nokia Multimedia Transfer's fixed iTunes Plus files needs an update: here is a trivial experimental update that enables *.mp4 files (note that it will attempt to edit video movies as well so be careful, might throw some errors).

Plus Music Fixer v2.1.0 for S60 3rd Edition

Plus Music Fixer v2.1.0 for S60 2nd Edition

Thursday, 2 August 2007

Confirmation: Nokia's Music FAQ

For peace of mind: I've found the following in Nokia's FAQs on the Nokia Multimedia Transfer site for the new Nokia Multimedia Transfer (which you should download here):

"4. Will Nokia Multimedia Transfer transfer iTunes Plus songs (iTunes tracks without digital rights management)?

Yes. Currently iTunes Plus files do not play on existing Nokia products, but are modified during transfer by Nokia Multimedia Transfer so that they do play. The modification process does not affect the audio data, so the original quality of the iTunes Plus songs is preserved (this is different to version 1.0).""

So it's confirmed to be lossless.

"7. Is music artwork transferred?

If you add your own album artwork to an album, it is included with the music files when transferred, but only the latest Nokia products will display this artwork. Artwork that is automatically downloaded from the iTunes Store is not transferred."

And the metadata, including artwork, is preserved, but will only display on the latest Nokia devices - to my knowledge, this would be the current generation of N-series only (eg, N95).

However if you don't have one of those phones and still want to see some metadata I will update Plus Music Fixer (it will require a change to support the .mp4 extension NMT applies, and some detection to make sure it doesn't try to edit videos).

WE WON! Nokia Multimedia Transfer v1.1 Beta

I notice today that Nokia has released v1.1 Beta of its Nokia Multimedia Transfer application for Mac OS X (renamed - previously just Nokia Media Transfer).

And it's got some great new stuff buried under the hood... and this deserves some big text:

Nokia Multimedia Transfer now directly supports iTunes Plus files!*

Thus making my Plus Music Fixer redundant for Mac users, as well as my profile hacks -- Windows users, I suggest you keep an eye on any updates to Music Manager/PC Suite because this means at least part of Nokia is aware of the problem.

It also fixes up some of the profiles, especially for those phones that do not have a camera, such as the E61.


  1. The name change to Nokia Multimedia Transfer means any custom profiles you may have used will need to be moved once you upgrade because a new Application Support/Nokia Multimedia Transfer folder has been created instead (your mileage may vary: the update might be nice and rename it instead of creating a new one).
  2. While NMT now handles the iTunes Plus case, it still forces a transcode as a means of avoiding the issue. However it appears to convert the music losslessly and with much of the metadata intact, which is awesome!
  3. NMT caches the transcoded songs, so you need to keep enough disk space free while it transfers.
  4. The metadata, while fully preserved, is in iTunes format and many phones don't read that. Plus Music Fixer v2.0 can still be used to resolve this.

All in all it's a massive usability improvement and I thank Nokia for hearing our cries and fixing the problem (especially on the news that Nokia plans to launch its own music download offering which conceivably would compete with iTunes).

I suggest you get the update NOW - you can choose to update directly from the NMT menu, and for extra sanity, if you have any N-Series or E-Series phone it is now directly supported, so delete any old profiles you have installed. Note that those still wanting to use my profiles (ie, for the older/newer phones in the 6-series) they may need to be updated. Leave me a comment if they don't work as-is.