Custom ringtones are lower quality on iPhone 4s

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by JasonHD, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. JasonHD macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2010
    Anyone else have this issue? The custom ringtones sound really low quality, all the apple ringtones sound fine. If restore as new and used different tones but they all sound like low bit rate tracks. Wasn't like this on iPhone 4.
  2. thaghost macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2010
    Winter Garden, FL
    Not me. Actually the opposite. MIne sound much better.
  3. xav8tor macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2011
    I think you are on to something. I am somewhat of an audio buff and I can hear a definite difference between the quality of my custom tones on the 4 and 4S. On the 4S they sound like they are overdriven/clipped and a bit distorted. I can't see how the file itself would change so I have no idea how this can happen, but I hear it too. My original files are pristine.
  4. JasonHD thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2010
    Yes same. I have an mp3 as my ring tone, I created it myself and it is top quality. However, it sounds muffled when set as ring tone. Of I play the same track on the music app it sounds perfect. Just when it is set as ringtone it sounds terrible, tinny and muffled. Hmmmm. How to fix this?
  5. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    mp3? I thought ringtones had to be AAC format.
  6. JasonHD thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2010
    Yea sorry I mean .m4r converted from mp3.
  7. Gilb2406 macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2011
    Ringont Quality

    I totally agree with this. I noticed a different quality of audio straight away after getting my iPhone 4S. At first I thought it was a faulty speaker, but then realised that if I play the file with the Music app, it sounds perfect, play it through Sounds or set it as a ringtone, it sounds awful! Really tinny and stripped of all bass!
    Looks like Apple have applied some really bad equalizer settings to ringtones in the hope to make them sound better through the iPhone speakers, but it really has destroyed all of my custom ringtones! Really wish they'd make this a switchable option! I'd go back to iOS 4 to get rid of this if I could! :(
  8. ukSamo macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2011
    Poor quality ringtones

    Same problem here, though I've tried the ring tones on my Wife's iPhone 4 and they exhibit the same problem, could this be an iOS5 bug, have you tried them on the iPhone 4 with iOS5? The interesting thing I've found is that if you select them as text tones they play just fine, it's only as ring tones that they sound awful!
  9. adamjones83 macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2011
  10. Ktdhc macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2010
    Yeah this is really bad.

    Anyone know if it sounds normal if you actually buy the music from iTunes store, and make a custom ringtone from that?
  11. JasonHD thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2010
  12. mechaBORED macrumors member


    Jun 8, 2011
    Same problem here. I thought it was just me. I hope they come out with a fix to this soon.
  13. Cersche macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2011
    Was thankful that I'm not the only one with this issue. Hopefully it's addressed with an update!
  14. JasonHD thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2010
  15. iMacDragon macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2008
    You're right, they appear to be making them louder as a ringtone. and presumably they're toning down the bass to make them less likely to distort.
  16. TraceyS/FL macrumors 68040

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida

    They can't fix what they don't know, and my 4 plays my customer text tone LOUD.
  17. Artey, Nov 6, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2011

    Artey macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2011
    I'd like to know if this happens when you make ringtones from music purchased on iTunes too. Because if there's no problem doing it that way then I doubt Apple will fix this, because converting to AAC and changing file extension to .m4r has always come as a big surprise to me. Such an easy way to circumvent their restriction, I think they intentionally want to screw over people like that with bad quality ringtones.

    EDIT: Using a default tone like Marimba also sounds distorted in the same way when used as a ringtone compared to it being used as an SMS tone. So it's definitely a bug then.
  18. JasonHD thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2010
  19. DuckSoup macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2008
    Upstate Central NY

    Got my 4S today and I immediately noticed this as compared to my 3Gs. Livable but bothersome.

  20. daleski75 macrumors 68000


    Dec 10, 2008
    Northampton, UK
    My friend thought I was crazy when I said straight after getting my 4S that the ringtones sound weird glad it's not just me.
  21. rudysky macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2011
    I've encounter this same problem. The sound quality of the ringtones that came with my iPhone 4S are just fine. However, I used the Ringtone Maker app to create my own customize ringtones. When I played them in iTunes the sound quality was great. However, when I installed them on my iPhone 4S the quality was very poor. I can barely hear the ringtones!:mad:

    Hopefully this can be fix, unless someone finds an alternative solution for customize ringtones.
  22. bluemonkeyguy macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2010
    I'll try to look into the API responsible for ringtones and see the changes. This probably has to do something with saving memory and or battery.
  23. JasonHD thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2010
    It's a terrible bug that should be fixed by now. My £10 Samsung phone sounds better. Seriously.
  24. Bettz1 macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2010
    I've just found this thread spent this afternoon making some custom ringtones for them to sound loud and distorted on my Iphone 4s Not happy any update?

    I've just sent them a message on there feedback page
  25. i hate phones macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2010
    Philly Suburbs, PA
    uhhg having this problem too. i never used custom ones on my 4 to compare to but they sound awful on the 4s. i tried multiple programs thinking maybe they were changing the quality when saving.

    after no luck making them i started looking at the ringtones in the itunes store which sounded GREAT when previewing (playing through the iphone speakers) but after downloading sound like crap when playing through the sounds settings. would like my money back please :rolleyes:

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