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    Question advanced ringtone question
    Hey all. Here's what I want to do: create a sound for the iPhone (mine is v1) which can be used for the alarm, which is about 10 minutes long. The idea is that I want to make an alarm clock that will wake me up gradually. What I've been doing to make ringtones in the past is making .aac files and renaming them .m4r which has worked like a charm thus far. I can do the same thing with this 10 minute file and iTunes seems to recognize it, but when I click on my iPhone and go to the ringtones tab, it won't appear there. There's no checkbox to click, no name, nothing. It's like it doesn't exist as far as the iPhone knows. It's still present in the iTunes ringtone library, but it isn't in the phone's. What am I doing wrong? The file size is below 3.1MB which I heard was the limit for what it will accept. Somewhere else, I read that there is a 40 second time limit as well. Is this true? If so, is there any way to get around it? What am I missing here?

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    Yes there is a time limit, either 30 or 40 seconds. What you can do is save your sound as a .caf file instead, and place it in /System/Library/Audio/UISounds if you want to use it as an alert.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eurisko View Post
    Yes there is a time limit, either 30 or 40 seconds. What you can do is save your sound as a .caf file instead, and place it in /System/Library/Audio/UISounds if you want to use it as an alert.
    yessss! You are the man. So there is a way to do it then. Please excuse my ignorance; how do I gain access to the folder you mentioned? Is it possible to do it without jailbreaking the phone? I have avoided jailbreaking thus far and I would like to keep avoiding it if possible... otherwise I have a lot of reading to do =)

    Also, I assume I can make a .caf file just by making the .aac and renaming the file extension like I have been doing with the .m4r?

    Thanks oodles for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gloveofpower View Post
    yessss! You are the man. So there is a way to do it then. Please excuse my ignorance; how do I gain access to the folder you mentioned? Is it possible to do it without jailbreaking the phone? I have avoided jailbreaking thus far and I would like to keep avoiding it if possible... otherwise I have a lot of reading to do =)

    Also, I assume I can make a .caf file just by making the .aac and renaming the file extension like I have been doing with the .m4r?

    Thanks oodles for your help.
    You'll need to jailbreak since you need to ssh to get to that particular folder.

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    Yes, unfortunately you would have to jailbreak to make the mods necessary. But, if you don't want to jailbreak, there's a 99 cent program on the AppStore called Ambiance. With this proggy you can play several different sounds, with alarm, and there's a "Fade to Max" feature as well, which is what you're looking for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eurisko View Post
    Yes, unfortunately you would have to jailbreak to make the mods necessary. But, if you don't want to jailbreak, there's a 99 cent program on the AppStore called Ambiance. With this proggy you can play several different sounds, with alarm, and there's a "Fade to Max" feature as well, which is what you're looking for.
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