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Pick A Tone, Any Tone

Posted in Mac

Do you like ringtones? More specifically, do you like to change your ringtones frequently? If the answer to these questions is yes, then you will want to read on, because in this post I will show you how you can make a ringtone from the music that is already on your computer, and therefor you will no longer have to pay those high prices for ringtones that may not be exactly to your liking.

The following instructions are for making ringtones on a Mac computer, but if you happen to be using a Windows computer, fear not, because the steps for doing this will be the same. The only difference is that some of the terminology is different on Windows than it is on the Mac.

The first thing that you will need to do is open up iTunes on your computer. After you have done this then you will need to choose a song that you would like to make into a ringtone. For the iPhone you must make sure that the ringtone is no longer than 40 seconds in length

Now that you have picked a song you will have to choose the part of the song that you want for the ringtone. Just follow these steps to do this.

1. Get info about the track by selecting Get Info from the shortcuts menu.
2. In the Info dialogue select the Options tab and then go down to the Start Time edit field.
3. In this field you will set the start time of your ringtone.
4. Now go to the End Time edit field and set the end time for your tone. Remember to keep the tone to 40 seconds or less.
5. Now press the OK button to go back to iTunes. You will notice that the duration of the song has not changed yet, but if you play the song, you will only hear the segment that you put into the Start and End time edit fields.

If you need to adjust the segments you can do so by repeating the above steps until you get your clip to sound the way that you want it to.

Once you are happy with your clip, do the following.
1. Choose Create AAC Version from the shortcuts menu. This will create another copy of the song, but this one will only be as long as you specified when you were setting the Start and End times.
2. Now choose to View In Finder.
3. Now go to your finder and rename this newly created version so that the file extension is .m4r instead of .m4a.
4. You will be asked if you want to use this newly named file, choose Use File.
5. Now go bak to iTunes and delete the file that you created earlier. You will be asked if you are sure that you want to delete it. Activate the Delete File button. Now you will be asked if you want to move the file to the trash, or if you want to keep the file. Choose Keep File.
6. Now you need to import the new file into iTunes. All that you need to do to do this is to go back to your Finder and open the file. It will begin playing. Now it will be listed in the Tones section of your iTunes library.

At this point you might think that you are done. Not quite so fast. You need to tell iTunes that you want to move the ringtone to your iPhone. Don’t worry, you have done all of the hard work, this next part is easy.

Are you ready for this? This is extremely difficult so I recommend that only experienced iPhone users try this. I hope that by now you all know that I am just being very sarcastic because all that you need to do to put your newly created ringtone onto your iPhone is to synch your iPhone.

Now your new ringtone will appear on your phone and you can go into the Sounds setting on your iPhone and select it.

Leave me a comment below and tell me about some of the ringtones that you have made for use on your iPhone.