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 the
4k Video Downloader
From there, I loaded it into
, trimmed it down to the ~30 seconds I wanted,
and used Effect -> Fade-out to avoid an abrupt ending, then exported it as
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 "Song Info", then "Options".
- Enter (if not already filled in) 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.)
You must have file extensions visible to do this.
- Back in iTunes, delete that (newly created AAC) song.
(If it asks, keep file.)
- Connect your iPhone to your laptop with the USB cable.
Answer the appropriate dialog as needed to make them 'trust' each other.
- Back in iTunes, in the left panel, under "Devices", you should see your phone,
and a "Tones" icon. Click on it to see the (probably empty) list of tones.
- In Windows Explorer, click on the .m4r file, and use ctrl-C to "copy" it.
- In iTunes, click on the "Tones" icon, and use ctrl-V to "paste" the file.
In a few seconds, this should appear in your list of tones, and sync to your phone.
- 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).
There's a more 'expansive' description of these steps at
... but I wrote my
version first! :-)