Having recently upgraded to the new iPhone 3GS myself one of the first things i wanted to do was upload some custom ringtones that would give my iPhone that little extra personal touch. Being a firm believer in never downloading or buying ringtones from others, partly because everyone else does it and partly because never sure what you actually get, i started looking for information on how to create your own ringtones for the iPhone.
After reading a few tutorials and guides online that eventually helped me to start creating my own iPhone ringtones i thought i should also share it with you all, as all it takes is a few minutes of your time and iTunes 8 to start making your own iPhone ringtones from normal music files.
Here is the step by step guide to creating FREE iPhone ringtones using iTunes 8:
- Open up iTunes 8 and find music files that are DRM free (important) which i am sure won’t be a problem
- Pick the song you like to turn into an iPhone ringtone. It is important to remember that a ringtone can max be 40 seconds long, which is why the next few steps are crucial.
- Right click on the song and choose “get info”. Once there go to “options” and set the start time and end time of the song, without going over 40 seconds in total, then click OK.
- Keep the song you just selected highlighted in iTunes and go to “advanced” menu, and then click on “create AAC version”. This will create a copy of the song at the shorter time selected. Make sure that you afterwards go into “get info” and “options” on the original song selected and un-tick the start time and end time, as i am sure you don’t want to liste to only 40 seconds of the song in the future.
- Then you have to copy the song/file that was created in iTunes onto your desktop or a folder on your computer/mac. Once you have copied the file/song you should delete it from iTunes.
- You then have to change the extension/rename the file from “.m4a” to “.m4r”. You might have to go into “folder and search options” on your explorer to, click on “view”, and then untick the “hide extension for known file types” option (example for Vista). This will allow you to change the file extension of the files to “.m4r”.
- Once the files have been renamed you should drag them back into iTunes, make sure to drag them over to the “library” at the top left of iTunes (above the music folder). You should then be able to see the sound files in the ringtone folder on iTunes 8.
- Last, sync your iPhone and you should find the ringtones avaible to use in the iPhone ringtone list.
Using this guide i have successfully created 5 new ringtones for my iPhone 3GS in the last half an hour. There is no reason why you can not use this same guide to also experiment in creating your own sounds, simply create the sounds beforehand and upload into iTunes before following the steps in this guide.