After limping along with an ancient Android phone for many years
(and being laughed at by my Apple-savvy teenager daughter),
I finally bit the bullet and bought an iPhone.
(OK, an iPhone 5, 'cause I'm cheap.)
Overall, it is a very much improved, smoother, and more artistic experience.
However, it's still very much Apple's walled garden,
and sometimes it takes the metaphorical equivalent of a
to get through said wall.
II. The goal
Really, all I want to do is take an arbitrary mp3 file, and use it as a ringtone.
(Or any other kind of notification tone, etc.)
I'm using Windows (sigh), but there should be an equivalent for the very few Windows-specific
steps listed below.
For example, I wanted a nice, loud, triumphant ringtone.
So I found a recording of the opening "Promenade" from Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" on
Youtube, and downloaded it via
From there, I loaded it into
, trimmed it down to the ~30 seconds I wanted,
and used Effect -> Amplify to bring up the volume.
I saved it as a .wav file, and then used Linux "lame" to convert it to an mp3.
III. Ay, Ay, yi iTunes
Now begins the complicated
IV. Questions and Comments
- All of these steps assume that I have iTunes installed on my laptop, and that I'm logged
into it with the same "Apple Id" that my iPhone uses.
- In iTunes, with the Library left tab showing, select "Songs".
- File -> Add File to Library. Open the desired MP3.
- Right-click on the new file, select "Get Info", then "Options".
- Enter the appropriate start and stop times, and check both boxes. "OK".
- Select (highlight) the song, choose File -> Convert -> Create AAC version.
- Right-click on the newly created song (the AAC version), and "Show in Windows Explorer".
- Rename the file from whatever.m4a to whatever.m4r.
(Yes, I think that's weird, too.)
- Back in iTunes, delete that (newly created AAC) song.
(If it asks, keep file.)
- In the Windows Explorer window, double-click the file.
(It will probably play; it may disappear. Ignore both.)
- Back in iTunes, in the top-left dropdown that is probably showing "Music", select "Tones".
(If you don't see Tones, there should be an "edit menu" option that lets you create it.)
- You should now see the new ringtone in the Tones library.
- Connect your iPhone to your laptop with the USB cable.
- Go back to the "Music" selection from the dropdown.
You should now see a little iPhone icon just to its right.
- Under "On My Device" on the left, click Tones.
- On the far right, click "Edit playlist".
- Now drag the new ringtone on the left, to the iPhone panel on the right. "Done".
- Click on the iPhone icon on the left, and finally "Sync" and "Done".
- Finally, on your iPhone, go to Settings, Sounds, and select Ringtone (or Text Tone or whatever).
- You should now be able to select your new tone!
I welcome any questions or suggestions; contact me at croth @ this domain (look at the address bar).