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MacRumors
Oct 13, 2011, 01:17 PM
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One of the new features of iOS 5 is the ability to purchase alert tones (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/10/12/apple-launches-store-for-text-messagealert-tones/) from the iTunes Store. Users have long been able to purchase and create custom ringtones (http://www.macrumors.com/2007/11/13/free-custom-ringtones-in-itunes-7-5-and-iphone-1-1-2/), but the ability to customize text tones is new.

The process for creating custom alert tones is identical to creating custom ringtones. iOS 5 now offers the ability to select full-length ringtones as a text message alert. To create a custom Alert Tone, simply make a "ringtone" of the proper length (2-5 seconds) and select it as the text message alert in Settings/Sounds.

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Italian Apple site Melaspazio.it (http://www.melaspazio.it/ios/esclusivo-come-creare-una-suoneria-personalizzata-per-gli-sms-su-ios-5-0-2/) [Translation (http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=it&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.melaspazio.it%2Fios%2Fesclusivo-come-creare-una-suoneria-personalizzata-per-gli-sms-su-ios-5-0-2%2F&act=url)] noted process was the same as creating ringtones. There are a few ways to create custom ringtones. The easiest option is a dedicated app like Ringer (http://appshopper.com/mac/music/ringer) from Pixel Research Labs (http://pixelresearchlabs.com/ringer). This $3.99 app, available on the Mac App Store, creates custom-length audio-files directly from the iTunes Library, including fade-ins and -outs. It converts them properly and sends them directly to iTunes for syncing.

For users who don't want to pay to create a custom ringtone, there is a free option. Simonblog has the full instructions with screenshots (http://www.simonblog.com/2010/09/06/how-to-create-ringtone-for-iphone-on-itunes-10/), but here's the summary:
- Select a song in iTunes, right-click it and select "Get Info"
- Click the Options tab and use the "Start Time" and "Stop Time" to control the exact length of the sound file you want. Close the Get Info window.
- Right-click the song and select "Create AAC Version"
- Right-click the newly created song and select "Show In Finder"
- Change the file extension from .m4a to .m4r
- Head back to iTunes and right-click the newly created song. Select "Delete" and then click "Remove" to remove the song from the iTunes Library -- but then select "Keep File" so the actual ringtone doesn't get deleted.
- Finally, head back to the Finder and double-click the .m4r file. It will automatically add itself to iTunes as a Ringtone, ready to be synced with your iPhone.If you're going to use a file as a text tone, be sure to keep it short or you'll be hearing 30 seconds of AC/DC's Back In Black every time you get a text. GarageBand can be used to create custom ringtones (http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-20079181-285/make-custom-iphone-ringtones-alerts-with-garageband/) as well.

Article Link: iOS 5 Users Can Make Custom Text Tones Too (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/10/13/ios-5-users-can-make-custom-text-tones-too/)



r2shyyou
Oct 13, 2011, 01:19 PM
If you're going to use a file as a text tone, be sure to keep it short or you'll be hearing 30 seconds of AC/DC's Back In Black every time you get a text.

Haha!

utwarreng
Oct 13, 2011, 01:20 PM
I'm surprised Apple hasn't made this more publicized. People have been begging for this forever.

Lunchbox700
Oct 13, 2011, 01:24 PM
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I haven't upgraded yet due to my main computer being out for repair. Can you do custom tones now for iPod touch because it would be nice to do custom alerts for mail and what not

andylyon
Oct 13, 2011, 01:24 PM
Good to know.

blubyu
Oct 13, 2011, 01:25 PM
If you're going to use a file as a text tone, be sure to keep it short or you'll be hearing 30 seconds of AC/DC's Back In Black every time you get a text.

You say that like its a bad thing :)

I have found that it works to keep the custom texts to 15 seconds or less. I used some of my ring tones that were 30 seconds and they didn't always work. If I edited them to under 30 seconds they worked every time.

ChromeAce
Oct 13, 2011, 01:26 PM
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Jordan, they're called Alert Tones, not Text Tones. You can use them for more than just SMS notification.

khafiboy
Oct 13, 2011, 01:37 PM
Now if only we could set txt tones specific to the sender. e.g. I'd like to make a txt from my gf sound different than a txt from my bank telling me I'm overdrawn.

elisedriver
Oct 13, 2011, 01:43 PM
Better to have different tones from the wife or the mistress :D

madridista59
Oct 13, 2011, 01:50 PM
Now if only we could set txt tones specific to the sender. e.g. I'd like to make a txt from my gf sound different than a txt from my bank telling me I'm overdrawn.

I'm not sure if they removed this in iOS5, but on my 4 I can goto my contacts, edit and assign a specifc txt tone as well as ringtone to them.

Rodimus Prime
Oct 13, 2011, 01:51 PM
I say the proper length for a text tones is around 1 sec. 2+ is a little on the long side.

Crispy Duck
Oct 13, 2011, 01:51 PM
I'm not sure if they removed this in iOS5, but on my 4 I can goto my contacts, edit and assign a specifc txt tone as well as ringtone to them.

Correct - this feature still exists.

miamialley
Oct 13, 2011, 01:55 PM
Now if only we could set txt tones specific to the sender. e.g. I'd like to make a txt from my gf sound different than a txt from my bank telling me I'm overdrawn.

You could do this with 4.x. Now you can apply a custom tone to any sender.

rutskiuk
Oct 13, 2011, 01:56 PM
Spotted this one right away :D

These are the instructions I sent to my mates yesterday:

Tested the custom text tones facility on iOS5. Works a treat with iRinger. Go to http://www.iringer.net/ to get the latest version, import the file you want as a tone, export it as a text tone (CAF) then tick export to iTunes, click go, go to iTunes and drag the alert tone (from ringtones) onto your phone. On the phone go to settings > sounds > text tone > pick your new tone and tada! What's even better is that now if you look at your contacts and edit there is a custom field for text tone so you know who text you just from the alert :)

MrCrowbar
Oct 13, 2011, 01:59 PM
I despise the default ringtone. This and the ability to have my upcoming calendar entries overlaid on the lock screen (Cydia app called "Lock Calendar", if there's something similar of iOS5, please let me know via PM or something) was the only reason for me to stay jailbroken. And the ability to use my sim card in an AT&T locked phone.

Now I feel even better for waiting for the iPhone 4S. My current 2G still works fine. Gonna sell it on eBay I guess.

ArtOfWarfare
Oct 13, 2011, 02:19 PM
I've used garage band to create five different ringtones for my iPhone already.

Guess I'll look into making myself some mail tones and such now.

shandyman
Oct 13, 2011, 02:23 PM
I despise the default ringtone. This and the ability to have my upcoming calendar entries overlaid on the lock screen (Cydia app called "Lock Calendar", if there's something similar of iOS5, please let me know via PM or something) was the only reason for me to stay jailbroken. And the ability to use my sim card in an AT&T locked phone.

Now I feel even better for waiting for the iPhone 4S. My current 2G still works fine. Gonna sell it on eBay I guess.

Notification center shows events that are upcoming in the next 2 days.

timd.mackey
Oct 13, 2011, 02:26 PM
I'm surprised Apple hasn't made this more publicized. People have been begging for this forever.

Probably because it's embarrassing that they're several years late on this. Definitely happy we finally have this though, now I won't have my dad ask me "was that my phone or yours" every time I get a text...

surf2snow1
Oct 13, 2011, 02:32 PM
now I won't have my dad ask me "was that my phone or yours" every time I get a text...

atleast someone's parents know how to text

kurosov
Oct 13, 2011, 02:40 PM
GarageBand is still the best method of creating custom tones.

GuitarDTO
Oct 13, 2011, 02:46 PM
This is huge for me. Everything that I thought was better about my Droid phone has been answered with this update now, except for not having Google's navigation (Loved that, was better than a standalone Navigation unit). I loved custom text tones on my droid and it drove me nuts that you couldnt do it without jailbreaking. The iPhone is almost perfect, and I'll just have to pay for a Nav app to get the only remaining thing I am missing from the iPhone.

Chumburro2U
Oct 13, 2011, 02:57 PM
I've used garage band to create five different ringtones for my iPhone already.

Guess I'll look into making myself some mail tones and such now.

You could also buy them on iTunes. I got R2D2 from Star Wars, Darth Vader, John Belushi saying "Toga, Toga!", etc. All for .99 cents.

w00master
Oct 13, 2011, 03:01 PM
What about lazy folks like myself? Any sites that have pre-made Alert Tones that someone could recommend?

Burgess07
Oct 13, 2011, 03:21 PM
What about lazy folks like myself? Any sites that have pre-made Alert Tones that someone could recommend?

http://www.zedge.net/ringtones/4221/apple-iphone-4-ringtones/20-1-1/

frunkis54
Oct 13, 2011, 04:41 PM
You could also buy them on iTunes. I got R2D2 from Star Wars, Darth Vader, John Belushi saying "Toga, Toga!", etc. All for .99 cents ea.

fixed

Now if only we could set txt tones specific to the sender. e.g. I'd like to make a txt from my gf sound different than a txt from my bank telling me I'm overdrawn.

you can......

SumoHamster
Oct 13, 2011, 04:41 PM
I need to find the original Calypso tone that was awesome before they shortened it to like two beeps.

GuitarDTO
Oct 13, 2011, 04:46 PM
Just did this with the instructions on the first post. Worked perfect. The process works for ringtones or text tones, and you can use "ringtones" as tones anywhere, and apply to specific people.

Perfect. The way it should have been all along.

jhill89
Oct 13, 2011, 04:53 PM
I'm having trouble doing this. The two tones I've put into Ringtones are greyed out when I drag them into Ringtones on my iPhone. Any ideas anyone?

Winni
Oct 13, 2011, 06:07 PM
I'm surprised Apple hasn't made this more publicized. People have been begging for this forever.

Isn't that a sad thing that people have to --beg-- for a simple feature that ALL other phone platforms have had built in since the very beginning?

GuitarDTO
Oct 13, 2011, 06:26 PM
I spoke too soon. I am able to set my short custom ringtone as a text tone, but when I actually receive a message the phone makes no sound.

Figures, too good to be true. Anyone else have this problem? Is there a different format Alert Tones are supposed to be than .m4r like ringtones?

Rodimus Prime
Oct 13, 2011, 06:46 PM
Welcome to the 21st century Apple is what I have to say to this.

jayducharme
Oct 13, 2011, 10:01 PM
I'm really glad Apple has finally allowed this. I set up a few text tones using GarageBand and it works perfectly. Actually, any m4r file in the ringtone playlist can be used as a text tone. But as the OP suggested, anything longer than about 5 seconds would get annoying.

benmrii
Oct 13, 2011, 10:03 PM
Isn't that a sad thing that people have to --beg-- for a simple feature that ALL other phone platforms have had built in since the very beginning?

Welcome to the 21st century Apple is what I have to say to this.

Yeah, these are the kind of things that baffle me. Oh well... Glad they finally made the change, if for no other reason than I'm tired of hearing the same &%#@ing text message tone all day, every day from people around me. :)

Unexpectdwalrus
Oct 13, 2011, 10:14 PM
I'm switching over from an original Droid and I've been making tons of tones from random soundboards (Portal, TF2, etc) in the Android market.

doctor-don
Oct 14, 2011, 11:17 AM
After following all the steps, I have 3 seconds of an AAC tune converted to m4r on my Desktop. When I double-clicked it, my iTunes (10.4) now has a folder entitled Ringtones. However, when I select that folder, it is empty.

So I Deleted the song I created as the AAC from iTunes and selected Keep File. After double-clicking the title which I had shortened, now it appears in the Ringtones folder. Evidently the change in the title didn't affect how it was seen by iTunes.

Creating ringtones is much simpler with my Sensation 4G. :p

mattrushing02
Oct 14, 2011, 02:34 PM
I spoke too soon. I am able to set my short custom ringtone as a text tone, but when I actually receive a message the phone makes no sound.

Figures, too good to be true. Anyone else have this problem? Is there a different format Alert Tones are supposed to be than .m4r like ringtones?

I bought a tone from iTunes and it is doing the same thing, it does not play when a text comes in! Anyone else have this issue?

GuitarDTO
Oct 14, 2011, 03:04 PM
I bought a tone from iTunes and it is doing the same thing, it does not play when a text comes in! Anyone else have this issue?

It's good to know its not just custom tones, because I'm inclined to believe they'll fix this if tones people are paying for from iTunes are doing this too. Thanks for the info makes me feel better knowing someone else has that problem.

ClutchDynamite
Oct 14, 2011, 07:52 PM
When I right click, I see "Create AIFF", not AAC. Will that work to create a text alert? If not, what should I do?

ScubaCinci
Oct 14, 2011, 08:03 PM
When I right click, I see "Create AIFF", not AAC. Will that work to create a text alert? If not, what should I do?

I had the same issue but figured it out --- Go to Preferences-->General, on 'import settings...' make sure it is set to AAC. :apple:

djalice
Oct 15, 2011, 03:44 AM
This was one of the reasons I jailbroke my iPhone. If Apple carries on like this I think less and less people will consider Jailbreaking.

The next big one has to be a major update of Folders. The icon is horrible (especially a whole screen of them) and the capacity limit is ridiculous. 12 isn't it? I use 'Categories' which does the trick but is awkward to use. Designing my own icons was fun but time consuming so I hope Apple sorts this out soon.

prestomusic
Oct 15, 2011, 04:37 AM
I'm surprised Apple hasn't made this more publicized. People have been begging for this forever.

Apple would just look silly if they made a big deal about it. Really it's kind of embarrassing for them that it has take so long to implement such a simple feature.

But hey, better late than never!

drfullet87
Oct 16, 2011, 03:18 PM
I bought a text tone on my iPhone 4 (a jawa yelling" uhtinni") and then couldn't find it in iTunes on my iPad 2 but when I went to buy it again I got a "previous purchase" warning. So do I have to buy it again on my iPad or not?

BergerFan
Oct 16, 2011, 03:54 PM
Spotted this one right away :D

These are the instructions I sent to my mates yesterday:

Tested the custom text tones facility on iOS5. Works a treat with iRinger. Go to http://www.iringer.net/ to get the latest version, import the file you want as a tone, export it as a text tone (CAF) then tick export to iTunes, click go, go to iTunes and drag the alert tone (from ringtones) onto your phone. On the phone go to settings > sounds > text tone > pick your new tone and tada! What's even better is that now if you look at your contacts and edit there is a custom field for text tone so you know who text you just from the alert :)Yep, iRinger is definitely the way to go. It can be used with almost any audio source, be it an audio or video file.
Pick any part of the audio you want, add fade ins and outs, and it can even save the file direct into iTunes.

steadysignal
Oct 16, 2011, 05:06 PM
I'm surprised Apple hasn't made this more publicized. People have been begging for this forever.

maybe so they can sell more tones?

hhaggis
Oct 23, 2011, 11:08 AM
Hi Everyone, If anyone would like the Original Calypso tone from iOS 4.2 (the long Version) then I have put it here... mediafire.com/?xd761kg89c6t8jd If anyone has any difficulties with the download then get in touch with me. The file has been saved as a .m4r file so if you have iTunes 10.5 and iOS 5 then just double click file and it will be put in the ringtones playlist by iTunes..