Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Make Free iPhone Ringtones using iTunes 7.6

I'm happy to report that making free ringtones in iTunes 7.6 is still functioning after the software upgrade! If you need to know the steps, please see my post about how to create them in 7.5.

Make Free iPhone Ringtones using iTunes 7.5

I'm stoked that this still works. Right on playa!

*** UPDATE ***
This continues to work in iTunes 7.7 and iPhone 2.0!!! Kick ass!


Q&A with Head Honcho (aka "I followed your steps but ...")
Q: I try to sync, but I get multiple versions of the same ringtone. What's the deal?
1. On the iPhone summary tab, uncheck the box for "Manually manage music and video"

2. On the iPhone Ringtones tab, check the box for "Sync Ringtones" and the radio button for "All Ringtones".

3. Sync ... your ringtones should be there.
Q: I have made a ringtone, but when I sync, it is not on the iPhone. Does that suck or what?
Yeah ... it does. Make sure that you have entries for Name, Artist and Album supplied for the ringtone. Doesn't have to be correct ... it just has to be there.
Q: I try and sync, but I get a message that says that I can't play this song on my iPhone.
This is probably due to the version of the firmware that you have and the version of iTunes that you are using. Try upgrading iPhone firware and iTunes to the latest versions or both.
Q: I try to use an M4P file and it tells me that it is protected. What is that all about?
Sorry, the file is protected ... nothing you can do about that. You can either find a piece of software that will strip the protection ... OR ... burn the song to a CD and then reimport it into iTunes as an AAC file.
Q: I can't see any file extensions. What do I do?
Windows users:

Open your windows explorer and select Tools-->Folder Options from the menu. Click on the View tab and uncheck the box that says "Hide extensions for known file types". Then click the "Apply to All Folders" button at the top of the screen.

Mac users:

Open finder and select song. Right click and select 'Get Info'. Under the Name and Extension segment, uncheck the box that says 'Hide Extension'. Extension is also visible there at all times, so you can always just edit on the spot.



**** UPDATE ****
Beegs posted a modified version that he says works for those of you having issues with the sync portion of the steps. Here is my rundown of those steps:

1. Under Edit-->Preferences-->Advanced, check the boxes for "Keep iTunes music folder organized" and "Copy files to iTunes music folder when adding to library"
2. Follow my steps on creating the 30 second clip and converting to AAC.
3. Delete the newly created AAC file from the iTunes library. Do NOT move the file to the trash.
4. Exit iTunes
5. Find the file in your iTunes music directory and move it to your desktop.
6. Rename the file extension from myringtone.m4a to myringtone.m4r (substitute 'myringtone' for whatever you want the ringtone called).
7. Double click on the .m4r file.
8. When iTunes comes back on screen, look in the iPhone ringtones tab to verify that the file is there
9. Sync

67 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am using windows xp, how do I change file extention.

Head Honcho said...

To change your file extension, you first need to be able to see them. You should open your windows explorer and select Tools-->Folder Options from the menu. Click on the View tab and uncheck the box that says "Hide extensions for known file types". Then click the "Apply to All Folders" button at the top of the screen. Windows will prompt you to see if you want all folders to match the current view settings ... click Yes. Then click the OK button and you are all done. Navigate to the file in question and you should now see the extension.

Anonymous said...
I am using windows xp, how do I change file extention.

Anonymous said...

i did everything as said and it all worked.
i synced my phone and now i want apply that ringtone.

but when i go to settings/sounds/ringtones/...i cant find my song

why so..how do i apply the ringtone?

Head Honcho said...

Several people have posted that they had this issue. I spent some time digging through the apple forums. It looks like most people have solved this by doing the following:

1. On the iPhone summary tab, uncheck the box for "Manually manage music and video"

2. On the iPhone Ringtones tab, check the box for "Sync Ringtones" and the radio button for "All Ringtones".

After those items are set properly, re-sync the phone and hopefully your ringtones will be there. If still no luck, try reading this post in the forum as it seems to have helped a few people.

http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=6402674

Anonymous said...
i did everything as said and it all worked.
i synced my phone and now i want apply that ringtone.

but when i go to settings/sounds/ringtones/...i cant find my song

why so..how do i apply the ringtone?

Beegs said...

Everyone -

I have been struggling with creating custom ringtones on my iPhone (1.1.3) using iTunes (7.6).
I could get the ringtones to display in iTunes and on the sync screen for my iPhone. However, I could not find them on my iPhone.
However, I did find a way to have the ringtones display and function on my iPhone ( Settings>ringtones>custom)
Follow HH's comments

I know many people that are actively using this technique with no issues. Maybe some of these issues are computer specific based on the way it is configured.

A poster named Jonah had a tweak that seems to be pretty solid and I've seen the same sort of idea floating around on apple forums. I've consolidated it into this run down ... give it a try and see if it works better for your particular issue.

1. Under Edit-->Preferences-->Advanced, check the boxes for "Keep iTunes music folder organized" and "Copy files to iTunes music folder when adding to library"
2. Follow my steps on creating the 30 second clip and converting to AAC.
3. Delete the newly created AAC file from the iTunes library. Do NOT move the file to the trash.
4. Find the file in your iTunes music directory and move it to your desktop.
5. Rename the file extension from myringtone.m4a to myringtone.m4r (substitute 'myringtone' for whatever you want the ringtone called).
6. Double click on the .m4r file.
7. When iTunes comes back on screen, look in the iPhone ringtones tab to verify that the file is there (Do not sync!)
8. Find the file again in your iTunes Music/Ringtones Directory.
9. Rename the file from myringtone.m4r to myringtone.m4a
10. Sync

However, DO NOT change the extension back to M4A from M4R. When I did this the ringtones were playable on my iPhone.
Hope this helps.

Note: I have a Mac Pro, iTunes 7.6 and iPhone with 1.1.3 installed.
Good Luck

Beegs!

Head Honcho said...

Thanks Beegs!!

Anonymous said...

How do you convert the mp3 files to ringtones?

Head Honcho said...

No offense, but since the blog post is on how to create the ringtone, just read the directions that I wrote up. I updated the post and there is a link to the directions (look for the link that says "my steps").

Anonymous said...
How do you convert the mp3 files to ringtones?

Anonymous said...

Beegs, after all the steps you added that however comment, "don't change the extension", but that's step 9. I've tried a bunch of variations and none work, I'm on 7.6 and 1.1.3

Anonymous said...

I have been able to create my own ringtones without problem. However, when I sync my new ringtone, it just creates a duplicate of whatever previous ringtone I have created on my iphone. In other words, i have myringtone.m4r and
myringtone2.m4r. When I add the second ringtone, it just makes a copy of the first one, so I wind up with 2 of the file
myringtone.m4r. Any ideas what the problem is?

Head Honcho said...

Yeah ... you have your iPhone set for manual updates. This problem has been all over the apple forums. Do the following:

1. On the iPhone summary tab, uncheck the box for "Manually manage music and video"

2. On the iPhone Ringtones tab, check the box for "Sync Ringtones" and the radio button for "All Ringtones".

3. Sync ... your ringtones should be there.

Good luck!

anonymous said...
I have been able to create my own ringtones without problem. However, when I sync my new ringtone, it just creates a duplicate of whatever previous ringtone I have created on my iphone. In other words, i have myringtone.m4r and
myringtone2.m4r. When I add the second ringtone, it just makes a copy of the first one, so I wind up with 2 of the file
myringtone.m4r. Any ideas what the problem is?

Mister P said...

OK guys I've been playing around with the sync issue for 1.1.3 on iTunes 7.6. Following these methods worked perfectly for my in creating the tone and getting it into the Ringtones folder in iTunes, but the tones never synced onto the iPhone.

I've managed to get them syncing simply by editing the trackname, artist and album titles in the ringtones folder display, and removing all spaces. No idea why this should be relevant, but it has got the sync working like a charm now.

Cheers

Head Honcho said...

Thanks Mr. P!

I did state in the original 7.5 thread that this is one of the things you need to do if you encounter and issue where the ringtone looks like it syncs but isn't on the iPhone afterwards. It isn't however in this 7.6 thread. Now it is! I think I will try and update both threads with all the little workarounds that have popped up in these two threads. That might make it easier since there are several fairly common questions that keep coming up in the posts.


mister p said...
OK guys I've been playing around with the sync issue for 1.1.3 on iTunes 7.6. Following these methods worked perfectly for my in creating the tone and getting it into the Ringtones folder in iTunes, but the tones never synced onto the iPhone.

I've managed to get them syncing simply by editing the trackname, artist and album titles in the ringtones folder display, and removing all spaces. No idea why this should be relevant, but it has got the sync working like a charm now.

Cheers

Anonymous said...

I have unchecked "manually manage music and videos" but my library is too big and it won't sync anything to my iPhone. What can I do now?

Head Honcho said...

Maybe try not syncing your whole library for starters. You can create a playlist that you will use to sync to the iPhone and then select that playlist as the one that you want to sync.

Anonymous said...
I have unchecked "manually manage music and videos" but my library is too big and it won't sync anything to my iPhone. What can I do now?

Scandalous said...

Head Honcho, I've had no problem editing the file extensions and whatnot, but the problem arises because I don't have a "Ringtones" folder anywhere on my computer. I tried just opeing the newly created .m4r file in iTunes and my computer just sat there and did nothing. Any hints? Thanks.

Joe said...

Dude you are the man, thanks for your time to post this... saved me a bit of money not to mention stuff not even being available from itunes to make into ringtones

-joe

Anonymous said...

You might want to state that this does not work on iphone version 1.1.1

At least I could not get it to work, and I really tried everything. After I updated to 1.1.2, it worked perfectly.

Thanks for the info.

Head Honcho said...

Go into your preference settings and check the box that says "Keep iTunes Music folder organized" and also check the box that says "Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library". iTunes will then be able to create the necessary folders.


Scandalous said...
Head Honcho, I've had no problem editing the file extensions and whatnot, but the problem arises because I don't have a "Ringtones" folder anywhere on my computer. I tried just opeing the newly created .m4r file in iTunes and my computer just sat there and did nothing. Any hints? Thanks.

Head Honcho said...

I think in the thread on the original post, it is mentioned that 1.1.1 doesn't work. My bad for not reposting some of that stuff to this thread. I think the real problem is not the 1.1.1, but the version of iTunes which will support it. I think you had to use a version of iTunes prior to 7.4 for it to work on 1.1.1. I might be mixed up on that, so don't quote me. :)


Anonymous said...
You might want to state that this does not work on iphone version 1.1.1

At least I could not get it to work, and I really tried everything. After I updated to 1.1.2, it worked perfectly.

Thanks for the info.

Anonymous said...

everything works, in that, i now have my ringtones on the i-phone and they play EXCEPT when they are supposed to.........when a call comes in the ringtone does not work. any ideas? gene

Vivek said...

Thanks a ton dude. It worked like a piece of cake. You are the best!!

Ryan said...

Awesome Job! Easy as cake!

Anonymous said...

Thanks dude! Finally, my own ringtones and control of the music I make.

Head Honcho said...

Everyone is very welcome!! Glad people are having success with this.

Anonymous said...
Thanks dude! Finally, my own ringtones and control of the music I make.

Anonymous said...

I use a Mac, trim it to 30 seconds but don't know how to change the ext.

Head Honcho said...

Use finder. Locate the ringtone and press and hold the control key and click the mouse button to get the popup menu (if you have a multi button mouse, just right click). Select 'Get Info' from the menu. Under the section called 'Name & Extension', you can change the file extension.

Anonymous said...
I use a Mac, trim it to 30 seconds but don't know how to change the ext.

Anonymous said...

I am using iTunes 7.6.1 but when I follow your method and double click the file it brings the .m4r into iTunes but not as a ringtone - any advice? (btw I use a mac)

Thanks

Head Honcho said...

Go into your iTunes preferences under the advanced tab and check the box that says 'Keep iTunes Music Folder organized' and also the one that says 'Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library'. iTunes will create the folder for you when you double click the ringtone file.

If for some reason that doesn't work, I had a mac that would always put the m4r back into the library even thought these were set properly. The trick was to put a space right before the extension. For example, 'ringtone .m4r' instead of 'ringtone.m4r' ... notice the space? It should work.

Anonymous said...
I am using iTunes 7.6.1 but when I follow your method and double click the file it brings the .m4r into iTunes but not as a ringtone - any advice? (btw I use a mac)

Thanks

Anonymous said...

any idea how to convert songs to ringtones IF i'm using iphone version 1.1.1 ? i'm using itunes 7.6 though. i followed the steps and got it to the iphone but yea, i saw the comment which said 'the steps shown above don't work with iphone version 1.1.1' some help please?

Anonymous said...

CAN ANYONE TELL ME THIS, THE SDK THAT APPLE RELEASED LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE TO PAY FOR? WHAT GOOD IS THAT? AM I WRONG? TY

Head Honcho said...

The SDK is most definitely free. You can download it all you want. It is about 2.5GB in size. Anyone can go to the apple developer site and get it for free. It only runs on intel Macs running leopard. You can develop all the applications you want with that thing.

Now, if you want to be a part of the developer community that sells your applications, there is a $99 fee for a certificate that basically states that you are who you say you are along with a way for Apple to track you down if you attempt to write malicious applications and try to sell them. I don't see that as a big deal what so ever. I think it keeps the serious people in the game.

Anonymous said...
CAN ANYONE TELL ME THIS, THE SDK THAT APPLE RELEASED LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE TO PAY FOR? WHAT GOOD IS THAT? AM I WRONG? TY

Anonymous said...

Can you tell me what intel Macs running leopard is? I assume it's not windows xp..LOL

Anonymous said...

WHAT EXACTLY DOES THIS SDK DO FOR US, DOES ANYONE KNOW?

Head Honcho said...

Not windows xp or any flavor of windows. Since the SDK needs access to xcode and cocoa (only found on apple products) it needs to run on a Mac. Since apple switched off of the powerpc chip format and now use intel chips, the SDK will only run on macs running with an intel chip. So G4 and G5 powerpc is out. Leopard is the latest version of OSX.


Anonymous said...
Can you tell me what intel Macs running leopard is? I assume it's not windows xp..LOL

Head Honcho said...

Overall, the SDK means that you can have 3rd party applications running on your iPhone without the need to jailbreak your phone (aka ... open it up for hacking basically). Simply having access to the SDK does no good unless you are a programmer, so for the general public ... it does nothing. I am excited about it though because soon we will see a lot of great applications available for the iPhone.

Anonymous said...
WHAT EXACTLY DOES THIS SDK DO FOR US, DOES ANYONE KNOW?

Anonymous said...

What if I have a friend who has a mac, can I dl whatever programs might become available for my iphone from his mac that once and then continue to plug my iphone into my pc?

Head Honcho said...

I think there is a misunderstanding about what the SDK is. SDK stands for Software Development Kit. Contained in the SDK are a set of tools that will allow programmers to build applications that can run on the iPhone. The SDK only can run on a mac since only apple computers have the software needed to interface with the SDK. Just because your friend has a mac and downloads the SDK doesn't really mean much unless your friend is a cocoa programmer and knows how to write an iPhone application. The SDK is only important to software developers. The rest of us will have to wait until June when apple releases the 2.0 firmware that will enable the iPhone to install and run the programs built by the certified developers via the iPhone app store. All the release of the SDK means is that apple is opening up the iPhone for third party applications ... no more jailbreaking required. In June, you will probably start to see some really great applications that you can install via iTunes or through the iPhone app store that will be on the iPhone.

Just to answer the second part of the question ... you actually can sync your iPhone against 2 different computers ... windows or mac. There are some things to point out however. The iPod portion of the iPhone can only sync against one computer. For example, if you have music on your home computer and your contacts on your work computer, you can set your home computer to only sync music and your work computer to only sync your contacts. Doing this however will wipe out any custom ringtones unless they exist on both computers and you have both computers set to sync ringtones.

Anonymous said...
What if I have a friend who has a mac, can I dl whatever programs might become available for my iphone from his mac that once and then continue to plug my iphone into my pc?

Anonymous said...

I dont know why people say to jailbreak is to open the phone up, I just bought a 16 gb iphone and a friend had software that unlocked it and jailbroke,he didnt have to open it at all! I've already dl dozens of programs,games,ect

Head Honcho said...

Who's the crazy fool that said that?? You know, initially, the first hack was to pop the case open and mod the phone (mostly to unlock the sim). Once the software hackers figured it out, there was no need to do that anymore. You are right that you don't have to do that type of crap to jailbreak. Once the phone is jailbroken, you can install all sorts of stuff. The 2.0 firmware that hasn't been release yet has already been broken BTW. Very cool.

Anonymous said...
I dont know why people say to jailbreak is to open the phone up, I just bought a 16 gb iphone and a friend had software that unlocked it and jailbroke,he didnt have to open it at all! I've already dl dozens of programs,games,ect

Anonymous said...

lol, I'm the fool, do you know if theres like a place I can go to dl more stuff, my phone automaticly gets dl daily but still lacks some "cool stuff "

Thanks

Anonymous said...

CAN YOU GUYS HELP,, I HAVE VERSION 1.1.4, I AM ALSO JAILBROKEN,, WHERE CAN I GO TO DL APPS,, DO I NEED IBRICKER,, I AM WINDOWS BASED

Head Honcho said...

Sup fool! :)

The only thing I can think of is add some more sources. Keep an eye on some of the technology blogs that talk about jailbreaking. A good place to watch is Lifehacker. A bother on there (Adam Pash) talks about that sort of stuff all the time. TUAW is another good spot for sources.

Anonymous said...
lol, I'm the fool, do you know if theres like a place I can go to dl more stuff, my phone automaticly gets dl daily but still lacks some "cool stuff "

Thanks

Head Honcho said...

Use the installer app since you have a jailbroken phone. There are tons of apps listed there. You may need to add some more sources for the absolute latest stuff, but there are hundreds of apps available in the sources already provided. You find the app in the installer app, and download over the air. It's nice.

anonymous said...
CAN YOU GUYS HELP,, I HAVE VERSION 1.1.4, I AM ALSO JAILBROKEN,, WHERE CAN I GO TO DL APPS,, DO I NEED IBRICKER,, I AM WINDOWS BASED

Anonymous said...

DO I INSTALL FROM MY PC OR FROM THE IPHONE?

Head Honcho said...

If you are jailbroken, you will see a blue icon with some swirls and sparkles called Installer. Run the installer app. You will see a bunch of packages that you can install over the air directly via the phone.

Anonymous said...
DO I INSTALL FROM MY PC OR FROM THE IPHONE?

Anonymous said...

I seethat but i know there are others i dont see that are available, like theres one to see the cheapest gas prices, but thats not on my list.

Head Honcho said...

I've done a little digging and I don't see any installer apps for that sort of thing. I'm not sure if there is a source out there for the app or not. I did however run across several web apps for cheap gas made for the iphone. iGas is one and Gas.app is the other. Sorry I couldn't find you a native app.

Anonymous said...
I seethat but i know there are others i dont see that are available, like theres one to see the cheapest gas prices, but thats not on my list.

Anonymous said...

That is cool but how do I dl it without it being in installer? Or can I?
Thanks

Head Honcho said...

For native apps, you can't install without the installer app. For web apps like iGas, you don't have to do anything except open safari and go to the URL for the site. It is just a webpage that is optimized for use on the iPhone. You can create a webclip to the site and basically have it on hand like any of the native apps that you could install on the iPhone.


Anonymous said...
That is cool but how do I dl it without it being in installer? Or can I?
Thanks

Anonymous said...

can i unlock my iphone without a mac computer?

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if a iphone can be unlocked without a mac computer? Do i need something special>?

Head Honcho said...

There are jailbreaking apps that run on windows as well as mac. It isn't exclusive to mac in any way.

http://download.ziphone.org/

There are two downloads on this site. Both are pictures. One has a picture of the windows flag, the other is the mac apple. Click on the picture that applies to you and have at it.

Does anyone know if a iphone can be unlocked without a mac computer? Do i need something special?

Anonymous said...

Thank you, you are full of info, do you know how I will know if it is truly unlocked? I only have a att sim.

Head Honcho said...

If you are already in possession of an AT&T sim ... then there really isn't a need to unlock. I'll take that back ... maybe you want to travel overseas and want to pick up a sim in another country. :)

You could ask one of your friends that use a different carrier if they would mind letting you borrow their sim. If it works when you place a call, then it is unlocked! Hooray!

Anonymous said...
Thank you, you are full of info, do you know how I will know if it is truly unlocked? I only have a att sim.

Anonymous said...

Boy do i need help, i went to ziphone, somehow now my iphone wont boot or itunes does not recognize it, it keeps scrolling saying BSD ROOT: md0, major 2, minor0...Please help :(

Head Honcho said...

You might want to look on the ziphone website and see if they can provide you with help. I have no affiliation with them in any way. I wouldn't have the first clue on how to help you. Sorry. :(

Anonymous said...
Boy do i need help, i went to ziphone, somehow now my iphone wont boot or itunes does not recognize it, it keeps scrolling saying BSD ROOT: md0, major 2, minor0...Please help :(

Anonymous said...

CAN ANYONE TELL ME DOES AN UNLOCKED IPHONE SUPPOSED TO WORK WITH NEXTEL????? THANKS ALL

Head Honcho said...

I would imagine so.

anonymous said...
CAN ANYONE TELL ME DOES AN UNLOCKED IPHONE SUPPOSED TO WORK WITH NEXTEL????? THANKS ALL

Anonymous said...

NO,NEXTELL IS NOT GSM,WILL NOT WORK ON IPHONE

Commodore Crush said...

Thanks Mister P!! That worked the best. I followed all of the instructions from previous comments but for some reason it just would not show up on my iphone. The song name was originally pretty long along with part of it in parenthesis. As soon as I shortened the name to one word and resynced my phone, it worked like a charm and showed up immediately at the top of my ringtones folder on my iphone. Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Using 7.6.2(9) and 1.1.4 and this worked PERFECTLY! A million thanks!

oceanventure said...

when i convert a song to AAC, it says its converted but it doesn't make a duplicate... what should i do?

Anonymous said...

Hi, Does anyone know if there are fixes for the new iphone (3g) coming out, ringtones, unlocked, ect? thanks

Anonymous said...

CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME IF I CAN USE A FRIENDS IMAC RECOVERY DISC WITH LEAOPARD ON MY IMAC THAT USES TIGER OPERATING SYSTEM? I KNOW APPLE SAYS NO, BUT :)

IF NOT CAN YOU GUIDE ME WHERE I COULD FIND OUT?

Head Honcho said...

If I were a betting man, I'd agree with Apple on that. I honestly don't know though. Your best bet would be to look at the apple forums. Do a search there and if you don't find the answer, post your question and maybe someone will know the answer.

http://discussions.apple.com/index.jspa

Good luck!

Anonymous said...
CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME IF I CAN USE A FRIENDS IMAC RECOVERY DISC WITH LEAOPARD ON MY IMAC THAT USES TIGER OPERATING SYSTEM? I KNOW APPLE SAYS NO, BUT :)

IF NOT CAN YOU GUIDE ME WHERE I COULD FIND OUT?

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