Free Custom Ringtones in iTunes 7.5 and iPhone 1.1.2

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Several users have noted that custom ringtone workarounds have started working again the latest version of iTunes and iPhone firmware 1.1.2. The most detailed descriptions were provided by:

    overminer for Windows XP
    and jkwuc89 for Mac OS X 10.5:
    We don't know if Apple will take this method away again in the future. In the meanwhile, iPhoneRingToneMaker (Windows) and iToner (Mac) continue to function with the latest updates.

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  2. macrumors member


    Oct 26, 2007
    Working nice :)

    I tried that yesterday; its working like a charm. oh for your info, i have iMac 10.5 with itune 7.5 and iphone version 1.1.2.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2005
    Hollywood, FL
    I did it in OS X slightly different.

    Dragged the song I wanted to convert from my iTunes library to the desktop.
    Opened GarageBand and imported the song.
    Edited the song to be about 26 seconds long and the part I wanted.
    Imported to iTunes using the built-in feature to import to iTunes.
    Dragged back out to my desktop, rename from aac to m4r.
    Imported back to iTunes, and it showed up in my Ringtones folder.
    Sync'd iPhone and worked like a charm. I've only tried it with 1 song, but I imagine that this would work with any other drm-free song.
  4. macrumors 6502


    Oct 20, 2003
    Washington DC
    That's good news. :) I want to make some ringtones that sound like a traditional ringing phone, but different from the ones supplied with the iPhone -- so my ring can stand out from others.

    One trivial thing that really annoys me in a business setting is phone rings that sound like music. It just messes with the required mindset for getting my work done. At a bar or a stadium, those rings don't bother me a bit -- I even look forward to catching a clever one.
  5. macrumors member


    Jan 11, 2007
    I am using windows and the extension is .m4a not .mpa does anyone know why?
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2007
    That works for me.
  7. macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2005
    I noticed that it can't be 30 seconds. It has to be less than 29 or it won't work for me. This is weird considering the ones I bought are 31 each...
  8. macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2007
    I just made 2, one is 39 seconds and the other is 40 seconds and they work perfectly on my iPhone.
  9. macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2006
    I made an Automator action that does this automatically, but I don't know how to share it with everyone. Can someone help me get this out to people?

    Here are the steps you have to take:
    1. Set the start and end times in iTunes for the songs you want.
    2. Select them.
    3. Go to desktop and run script.
    4. Select the songs on the desktop and click continue.
    5. (Be sure the Ringtones folder is selected in the prompt, and) click continue. (I don't think I can have it make and select the Ringtones folder for you because your paths might be different depending on what your "Home" name is and whatnot. You'll have to set it personally in order to skip this last step)

    P.S. I don't have an iPhone so I can't test, but I don't see why it wouldn't.
  10. macrumors 68000

    SFC Archer

    Nov 9, 2007
    Troy, MT
    Baseballman...the extension IS .m4a...NOT .mpa...You will be converting your ringtone from .m4a to .m4r

    The original instructions are wrong on the extension.

    Hope this helps...Good Luck!
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2006
    LI Ny
    there are alot of unnesssaccery steps here. Teh onl;y program needed is itunes.

    1. Select song you want, edit start stop tiome to your liking, as mentioned above.
    2. make sure you import file format is aac
    3. convert selection to acc (by right clicking oir a cnrtl-click)

    and thas it, steps are the same for windows and mac users, its accesible for itunes users, which should be all iphone owners.
  12. macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2004
    what if you need to delete a ringtone?

    when i used this method to create ringtones a few months ago, it worked fine. however when i tried to delete the ringtone it would still show up in itunes even though the file was not on my computer anymore. does this problem still exist? Thanks.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2007
    Can't find it??

    I did everything listed, the ringtone is in Itunes in my ringtones folder. But when I synced I can't find it on my phone. There is nothing that says custom. I checked the ringtone before I synced and I didn't get an error message. It's just nowhere to be found on my phone.
  14. macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2007
    works for me!!!!!!

    The weird thing was that when I synced my phone it said the file could not be copied to the phone, but it did anyway!
  15. macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    After much experimenting...

    Here's my method using iTunes 7.5, Leopard, iPhone 1.1.2

    1. Select the song you want to make a ringtone out of
    2. Select Get Info, Under the Options tab, select the thirty second portion of the song you want to be your ringtone. i.e. 0:00 to 0:30 Click OK
    3. Under iTunes preferences, under Advanced, make sure your importing method is AAC Encoder.
    4. Select Advanced on the toolbar, then Convert Selection to AAC. It should only take a few seconds, and the result will be a duplicate file of said song, only it's thirty seconds in length.
    5. Drag this new file to your desktop. Select Get Info (Apple + I) and change the file extension to m4r
    6. Drag the file to your Ringtones folder under iTunes Music. For convenience, I placed a shortcut to this folder in the sidebar of the Finder.
    7. Double click the file from that location. It should start playing, and appear in your Ringtones portion of the iTunes sidebar. It will also appear in the Ringtones tab of your iPhone device. Sync, and it's there!

    This is fun! I hope they don't change it again soon.
  16. macrumors member


    Jan 11, 2007
  17. macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2007
    I know that most of us are geeks here, but if some innocent consumer wandered in here and wanted to create free ringtones for their iPhone, those instructions would not help them.

    The instructions, as I would state them for an average user:

    1. Drag the song onto your desktop.
    2. Open it in quicktime.
    3. Cut it down to 30 seconds or less.
    4. Change it's file extension name to .m4r.
    5. Drag back into iTunes, and put it in "ringtones."
    6. Sync to your iPhone.
  18. macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    Ohhh, I'm not so sure. I'm pretty much an innocent consumer who knows just enough to get in trouble! :)
  19. macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2007
    When you say 'rename' how is it that you can rename the extension
    or are you just renaming the title?
    ie - "song" (it's extension is .m4a)
    to "song.m4r" (it's extension is still .m4a) ?

    I am using U.S. iPhone version 1.1.2 with itunes version
  20. macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2007
    I'm still using version 1.0.2 on my iphone since i'm not in the US and upgrading it will cause blocking... and I have the new 7.5 version of itunes... I guess this combination will not work for customizing ringtones? I'm having the same trouble of: getting the ring on the "ringtones library" of itunes, but not recognized in the "ringtones tab" of the iphone area... and after trying to sync, the error message "... song cannot be played on this iphone" appears... Is there a solution? Or I just gonna have to update the phone? Thanks.
  21. macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2004
    Birmingham, UK
    In case you haven't worked this out yet: you need to restart your phone by switching it fully off then reboot. Custom will then appear without need to try other progs etc.
  22. macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    Change the extension to m4r

    You can do this through Get Information ( Apple + i ) or, in Finder, click once on the name and it will become editable.

    It will be song.m4r
  23. macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2007
    Thanks Saint but I am using XP.
    Do you know how I can do it there?
  24. macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2007
    to rename a file in windows:

    Open Windows explorer
    Find the file you need to rename
    Right click the file
    Type the new name of the file including the extension ".m4r"

    If you can't see the extention in windows explorer go to Tools/folder options/advance and enable show file extension.
  25. macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2007
    Trouble with Audacity

    When I Import a song it slows it way down. a five minute song is stretched to 20 minutes. HOw do i speed it up?

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