You have to remove all music just to sync a ringtone????

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by bhimpele, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. bhimpele macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2008
    Someone has to explain this to me:
    I set itunes to sync a ringtone with my iphone. It then says that in order to do this, all music, movies, etc will be removed. I didnt think that could really be the case. Sure enough, after syncing the 3 second ringtone,....all of my music was gone. Why would this ever be????
  2. gentlegiantcrai macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2007
    I believe this has something to do with the manually manage music and videos
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    You had previously deselected "Sync Music", so when you went to sync again, it didn't.
  4. schatzie macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2008
    I would like to know this as well. I did a sync on my ringtone and everything was gone. Had to add them back in.
    although, all iphone syncs after that were ok. I haven't tried adding another ringtone and see what happens.
  5. bhimpele thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2008
    I usually do everything manually. I may have accidentally deselected "manuallly manage music". Is that the only reason that it would erase all the music, or is there something related to the ringtones?
  6. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
  7. bhimpele thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2008
    ok the idiot then..oooops.
    thank you for your help!
  8. jsquared macrumors 6502


    Jul 2, 2008
    Nashvegas, TN
    So was the final answer all in having "Maunally Manage Music" selected you don't have to go through adding all you music again?
  9. bhimpele thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2008
    actually, I just tried to remove the new ring tone and again it said I'd have to remove all music again....just to re-sync it. "Manual music" was on this time too.
  10. weslobombs macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2006
    i aslo had this problem but resolved it.

    I was dismayed to have itunes tell me I had to resync everything just to add a ringtone

    BUT THEN....

    I realized i was dragging the ringtones to the wrong part of the iphone hierarchy in the sidebar, the part labeled ringtones. you have to drag it to the ACTUAL IPHONE icon, and then it will add.

    stupidly simple solution to a stupidly simple problem.
  11. cllinna macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2009
    ringtones set to manual

    I just had this same problem and thought it was so stupid, but like when i have my music set to be managed manually you add ringtones the same way you would with music, by just dragging them to the iphone icon. I was setting mine to manual and then going in through the sync option in the iphone control panel and adding ringtones that way. Then i did it told me it would delete everything and after the sync my manual setting was changed to basically nothing. No box was checked, so i am assuming itunes was like "what are you doing you asked to manually add music, why are you now using the sync function?" lol anyway now i just drag the ringtones like music and it works great! Much faster
  12. AJayAgliolio macrumors member


    Oct 22, 2009
    I was having a similar issue getting ringtones transferred...

    I manually manage most of my stuff and didn't want to have all my music deleted by syncing so I tried dragging the ringtones over...

    The ringtones would show up on my phone in iTunes, but when I went to access them on the actual phone, they were not there. Even dragging them to the iPhone icon didn't work for me...

    Eventually I figured it out... I right-clicked on a ringtone I wanted to transfer and went to 'Get Info'... went to the 'Info' tab and deleted everything from every field except the name. I checked the other tabs to make sure that all those fields were cleared too. (Including changing the 'Genre' to None.)

    After this I have been able to transfer any ringtone with no problem... just a simple drag and drop. Hope this helps if anyone's still having probs... this was really irking me for a while.
  13. TheSpaz macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    One possibility is that the iPhone can only sync with 1 iTunes Library at a time. If you try to add a ringtone from a different computer than the one you added music with, it will definitely erase your iPhone.

    I've never had it erase my music by adding ringtones though.
  14. soLoredd macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2007
    What about syncing ringtones from iPhone to the iTunes library? I just downloaded 2 ringtones off iTunes on my iPhone and was unable to sync them. Should I have just selected 'Transfer purchases from iPhone' instead?
  15. mystic man macrumors member

    Nov 1, 2009
    Athens, Greece
    thanks weslobombs
    100% working solution :apple:
  16. macfan60 macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2009
    Solution suggestion

    Apparently Ringtones in ITunes are considered music and cannot be synced if you manually mange your music. It you try to sync it deletes all music. If you manually manage ringtones they do not transfer to the Iphone by dragging to the ringtones folder on the device. I found this work around to manually manage ringtones. And this also explains how to make ringtones in ITunes. I'm using ITunes 9.0.2 on a Mac and have an IPhone 3G s.
    1) In music library select the song that you want as a ringtone. The KIND must be “Purchased AAC audio file”
    2) Decide where to start and end it to create 30 seconds of play time
    3) Right click to Get Info
    4) Select Start and Stop time in Options
    5) Click OK.
    6) Select song again in music library. Right click. Select Convert to AAC.
    7) Creates duplicate in your Music list.
    8) Drag to desktop.
    9) Rename file from M4A to M4r.
    10: Import/Add to Library
    11) Drag to Device ICON not Ringtone folder
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  17. macisthabest macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2010
    1 ringtone??

    hey guys i dragged my ringtone into the icon and it worked fine. but then i tried to do the same with another rintone .. it would sync and itunes would show that it is in my ringtones folder ... however when i go to sounds on my phone the ringtone is not there.. the only ringtone i have is the first 1 i synched.. can someone help?
  18. concept7 macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2010
    I manually manage ringtones
    i drag them to the itunes library
    then drag it from there to the iphone it self

    these are m4r's that i am creating myself or downloading from the net
  19. geoscott macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2010
    I have an iPhone 4 and iTunes 9.2 on 10.5.8. I was DYING from the added complication of having to deal with this. Syncing to put on ringtones when dragging-and-dropping were working perfectly for everything else then asking me to erase my music and books and movies just to sync some piddly-ass ringtones? Nightmare.

    This SOLVED my problem IMMEDIATELY and the blog post I was writing about this asinine issue just became moot (and I'd been working on it for an hour, screenshots and everything. Would'a been cool.)

    I really thought that inputting a complete set of information would be better in the long-run. I was sorely mistaken. Why WOULDN'T Apple want you to have 'ringtone' in the genre? Ghaaaagh.

    I tried EVERYTHING. Lowering the bit-rate, redoing as VBR, having to deal with the Finder allowing iTunes to DELETE the offending file if it didn't work correctly (that's another issue I'm thinking of writing about later), and even allowing iTunes to delete my music and movies. Seeing I needed another ringtone the next day, I was not about to do that all over again. BESIDES taking me over an hour of Google-fu to get here...whew.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, AJayAgliolio.
  20. ronwoo macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2010

    I am new to the Iphone and seemed to have made a major error last night with the ringtone quandry. I found this forum and want to thank you all for the info. I was able to at least re set my sync to manual.

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