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    iPhone ringtones
    Hello
    I'm new to iPhone/Pods so bare with me...

    I've just got an iPhone and would like to use one of my MP3 songs in the iPod as a ring tone. How can I do this?

    There is a 'Ringtones' menu option in iTunes down the left, but I can't drag a song in there.

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    PS: I have a (Windows XP) PC, not a Mac (I know, I know...)

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    It's actually pretty easy. I'll explain. You just have to make sure you follow the steps correctly.

    What you do is you go into itunes. You select the the song you want to make a ringtone out of.

    Right click that song and select get info.

    When you get inside the window for get info you select options.

    In the options you'll see a start and stop time. Play your song until you find about 20 seconds of song that you want to be a ringtone. Change the start and stop time under get info>options to reflect the beginning and ending time in the song you've selected.

    Once you've completed that step you need to select ok right click your song again. This time select "Create AAC version" it will make you another file of that song but only the part you selected and it formats it differently.

    You then right click that new version and select show in finder. It will show you the name of your song follow by a .m4n I believe. You need to rename the file to whatever the name is and .m4r it will make a pop up window that basically asks you if you really want to do that.

    You'll of course select yes use .m4r

    .m4r is the correct format for ringtones on itunes. Drag and drop that file to the itunes >ringtones section and you should be able to sync it to your iphone from there.

    P.S. JUST READ you don't have a mac. Everything will be the same EXCEPT instead of selecting "show in finder" it's going to say "show or view in explorer"

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    It doesn't work for me on OSx. It wouldn't transfer into the ringtone section.

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    thanks cobri

    i followed your instructions and created my ringtone file. but i couldn't drag that file into the 'Ringtones' library in iTunes. It wouldn't let me drag anything in there!

    So I plugged in my iPhone and then selected 'Ringtones' from the sync tab and chose the directory where the new rington was in - to sync with.

    But I ran out of room and the sync couldnt complete.... so Im trying to delete some crud songs at the mo b4 i try again

    will keep you posted

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    Quote Originally Posted by cantona View Post
    thanks cobri

    i followed your instructions and created my ringtone file. but i couldn't drag that file into the 'Ringtones' library in iTunes. It wouldn't let me drag anything in there!

    So I plugged in my iPhone and then selected 'Ringtones' from the sync tab and chose the directory where the new rington was in - to sync with.

    But I ran out of room and the sync couldnt complete.... so Im trying to delete some crud songs at the mo b4 i try again

    will keep you posted
    How do you change the directory in the Ringtones sync tab?

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    iToner is the solution. Works perfectly.

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    The way corbri explains it is perfect. I've done it many times, you don't need a 3rd party app. Simply choose the part of the song you want, covert the song to AAC, drag the file out to ur desktop, rename the file to .m4r, delete the original song in itunes, and drag the desktop one back in. Done

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    Quote Originally Posted by B&O View Post
    It doesn't work for me on OSx. It wouldn't transfer into the ringtone section.
    That trick only seems to work on Windows. On a Mac, use Garage Band to convert it after trimming it to the 40 seconds (or less) that you want.


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    it's pretty easy. drag the song you want to Garageband and snip the 30-40 second clip you want and then "Send Ringtone to iTunes" - works like a charm!

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    Yes, on a Mac GarageBand is really easy.
    I'm A Mac. And I Work Better Then A PC.

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    I have never used Garageband. Which format should the file be in when you drag it in? When you open Garageband, it asks which project you want to create, what should I select?

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    Guide here

    hth
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    Not been around these parts for a while. Trying to change that . .

    Please use the reputation system if you think you've been helped - bottom left of this post

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeanieRobert View Post
    Yes, on a Mac GarageBand is really easy.
    No way I am buying the version of garageband for ringtones. I think I have used it about twice when my sisters boyfriend came around for a quick play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrplow View Post
    Guide here

    hth
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    Thanks. Now I realise why I could not get it to work since it says you need Garageband 08.

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