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Thread: Simple Hack to Add Free Custom Ringtones to your iPhone

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    Default Simple Hack to Add Free Custom Ringtones to your iPhone

    You can check out this step by step guide (courtesy theAppleBlog) to create free custom ringtones for your iPhone using iTunes:

    In iTunes, right click on the song you are going to make into a ringer and select “Get Info.”

    Go to the options tab and go down to the “Start Time” and “Stop Time” check boxes. Check both boxes and input the time you want your ringtone to start/stop. The ringtone has to be 30 seconds or less. Click OK when you’re done.

    Right click on your newly “clipped” song and select “Convert Selection to AAC.” The song will be re-encoded using the start and stop times determined (If your menu item does not read “Convert Selection to AAC” and reads “Convert Slection to MP3″ (or some other format) please go to iTunes > Preferences > Advanced > Importing and change the “Import Using” drop down menu to “AAC Encoder”).

    After the song is done encoding navigate to your iTunes Music folder, locate your song, and drag it to your desktop. After the song is on your desktop go back to iTunes and delete the clipped version from you iTunes library (It won’t delete it from your desktop, it will only remove it from iTunes).

    Go back the song on your desktop and right click on your song and chose “Get info.” Go to the name and extension section and change the extension from .m4a to .m4r (or you can just change the extension right from your desktop)

    After the extension is changed simply double click on the file to add it to your iTunes library under the ringtones section. Sync your phone with iTunes and you’re done!
    Folks at theAppleBlog have tested this method and found it to work with iTunes 7.7.1 and iPhone firmware 2.0.1 so should work with both first generation iPhone and iPhone 3G.

    However, this method works only for songs which are DRM free. In case of DRM protected songs you can use this method published by LifeHacker.

    use WinSCP to ssh any m4a files into /Library/Ringtones then simply right click and rename the extention to m4r and they work, for good measure I changed the permissions on mine to 0755...btw I'm on 2.0


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    borispio (08-24-2008), mrsidewayzz (08-24-2008), ptukhar (08-23-2008), zerubens (08-12-2008)

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    Thanks for the copy/paste!

    Only thing in that post that you wrote yourself was 'DONT FORGET THE THNX BUTTON'
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    Yeah this has been around for a long time
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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    redcard do u have a problem with me u r also fighting with me at the other thread
    i post things so people can get help not because u start fighting many people will not no this this thing and yup i copy/pasted it
    but i know a lot of people will get help from this ,,
    Personally I think you wasted your time...

    You might as well start a brand new HOWTO: thread and just provide a link to whatever you pasted from...

    Just going the easy route to get a thanks? That's just a little weird

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    iPhone? More like MyPhone mrsidewayzz's Avatar
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    thank you for the copy/paste or whatever happened. i appreciate it. =]
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    yeterday i connected to the iphone with winscp - and saw the ringtones folder. I converted a whole song (over 3 mins) to aac and renamed it to m4r. I put it in the ringontesfolder and it worked. The whole song plays when somebody calls me.

    Just as info

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    This worked wonderfully! Thanks!

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    Thanks for in the instructions. Did all that but for some reason don't have a ringtones folder in Itunes. Any ideas why?

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