Do you have to rename file before you drag and drop in ringtone file

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by snook911, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. snook911 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2007
    Yorba Linda, CA
    I read here in one of the threads that you can now just drag and drop files into ringtones. If this is true a couple of questions. 1) do you need to rename the file before you do that and 2) do you need to shorten it down and if you dont will it just use the first 30 sec or so of the song as the ringtone. I realize that there has been alot written on this but it seems the the 1.1.2 update has changed things so I just want to be clear.


  2. draperm25 macrumors regular


    Sep 19, 2007
    Right, here is what i do for Windows Vista Home Premium

    What you need is


    pick a song you want to have as a ringtone
    select the part you want to use and cut it to size between 30 -39secs long using Audacity
    and have it no longer than 39seconds
    once you have picked which section and the correct length, export it as MP3
    (at this point Audacity will ask you to point to an encoder, point it to the encoder you should have downloaded earlier
    then drag the MP3 file into you MUSIC list on iTunes
    then right click on the MP3 in iTunes
    and click on "Convert Selection to AAC"
    once that has converted it, you will have the 2 files, 1 MP3 and 1 AAC
    delete the MP3 file which leaves you with the AAC file
    Right click on the AAC file and click COPY
    go back to your music folder in My Documents and perhaps setup a folder in the called Ringtones
    and PASTE the AAC file into the RINGTONES folder.

    At this point you need to have your file settings to show your file extensions,
    how you do this is once your in your Music Folder in Documents
    Click on the top left Organize
    Which gives you the drop down menu, Select Folder and Search Options
    Then you get the Folder Options Menu, Click on the View Tab
    then take the tick out of Hide extensions for known file types
    then click Apply then OK

    Right, then go back to you music file you copied and it should now have after the file name .m4a
    Right click on the file and click rename
    then you can change this to .m4r
    it will then ask you do you want to change the extension of the file
    which you click YES
    then once its changed you just Double click on the song and it will Automaticaly go into your ringtones section in iTunes

    This sounds Long-winded but its really easy to do.

    Heres a video aswell if you want to check it out

    Ringtone Video

    Hope this helps everyone
  3. snook911 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2007
    Yorba Linda, CA
    Wow, thank you very much for taking the time to post that great explanation. I'm going to try that tonight.:D
  4. draperm25 macrumors regular


    Sep 19, 2007
    thats ok, there is talk that you can do this with a Whole song, not sure mind, if you got a spare 5 mins

    put your song into iTunes
    then convert the song to AAC
    then copy to ringtone folder,
    change the extension to .m4r
    double click so it goes into your ringtone folder,
    then sync with your iPhone,

    let me know if this works with the whole song, would be good if it did.

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