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iPhone – How to make a Custom ringtone from an MP3 in your library

14 October 2009no comments iPhone

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So you have finally managed to get an iPhone. You have synched your contacts, downloaded a few Apps, added songs to your library and you love all that.
Your only wish is that you didn’t have to buy these songs again to be able to use them as a ringtone.

It looks like there is no way around that. Or is there?

Well, of course there is. With a little bit of trickery, you can easily create rintones from your non-DRM MP3. And it is not illegal (as far as I know, but I only work in the music industry !)
Things You’ll Need:

  • an iPhone
  • iTunes on a Mac or Windows Computer
  • Non-DRM song file (i.e. one not bought from the iTunes Store)

All you need to do is follow these steps !

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Look in your library for the song that you want to make into a ringtone.
  3. Listen to the song and find the part of it you want to use. The chorus may be a good place to start. I normally spend some time on that step to make sure that the clip loops nicely.
  4. Write down the start and stop times of the clip.
  5. Right-click the song and select “Get Info.”
  6. Click the “Options” tab.
  7. Type in the start time of your ringtone in the text box next to “Start Time”. iTunes lets you select the times to the nearest millisecond, which is great if you want to achieve that perfect loop.
  8. Type in the end time of your ringtone in the text box next to “Stop Time.” Make sure the ringtone is no more than 40 seconds long.
  9. Click “OK.”
  10. Right-click your song again and select “Convert Selection to AAC.” Wait for iTunes to convert your song and will create a duplicate version.
  11. Right-click the ringtone and select “Get Info.”
  12. Write down the path to the ringtone file and click “Cancel.”
  13. Right-click the ringtone and select “Delete.”
  14. Click on the “Keep Files” button.
  15. Go to the file location. The file extension is “m4a”
  16. Replace the “m4a” extension of your ringtone with “m4r”. You can either double-click slowly to rename your file, or right-click and select “Get Info” on a Mac or “Rename” on a Windows PC.
  17. Click “Use .m4r” or the PC equivalent when the system warns you that the change may affect the use of your file.
  18. Double-click the ringtone file. ITunes will automatically add it to your ringtones folder in your iTunes Music Library.
  19. Connect your iPhone and sync your ringtones.

Please note that there maybe differences in the labeling in the different version of iTunes.

Things You’ll Need:

  • iPhone
  • iTunes
  • Mac or Windows Computer
  • Non-DRM song (i.e. one not bought from the iTunes Store)

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