Thursday, September 1, 2011

Make an iPhone ringtone in iTunes 10

If you’ve made an iPhone ringtone before the process will be familiar to you. This will work the same on both Mac and Windows versions of iTunes 10:

Making the ringtone

Launch iTunes 10
Find and select the song you want to make a ringtone out of in iTunes 10
  Right-click on the song name and select ‘Get Info’

Then click on the Options tab
Select the playback period of the song that you want to ringtone to be, make sure it’s not more than 30 seconds – tick both boxes Start Time and Stop Time.
Now click “OK” and then right click on the song again, and select “Create AAC version” to create a new version of the song with the 30 second interval you specified
This will create a 30 second track.  Right click the original track and choose Get Info and go back to the Options tab – untick the Start Time and Stop Time boxes and click OK. This will keep the original track at its correct length.
Now click the new 30 second clip (it should be under the song).and drag the clip onto your desktop area.
If it doesn’t have the .m4a on the end, then you need to change some windows properties – see section at the end.
Right click it and choose Rename
Change the .m4a to .m4r
Click Yes when you get the next box.
Drag the file from your desktop back into iTunes
The file will now be added back into iTunes as a ringtone
Drag it into your iPhone Ringtones to sync it.

Change Windows Folder Settings
If you cant see the .m4a on the end of the file:

Open My Computer
Choose Tools | Folder Options
Click the View tab
Untick Hide extensions for known file types
Click OK
Now the .m4a should be visible.

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