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How to Create MP3 Ringtones for iPhones with only iTunes and Previously Downloaded Songs

  1. Start iTunes and find the song you want to convert. (It must be an MP3.)
  2. Right-click the song and choose Get Info.
  3. Click the Options tab.
  4. Check the Start Time and Stop Time boxes, then enter times for each (no more than 30 seconds apart, the maximum length for a ringtone). I used 0:00 and 0:30, respectively, as "Spit It Out" has a perfect ascending lead-in.
  5. Click OK, then right-click the song again and choose Create AAC Version. You should immediately see a new 30-second version of the song.
  6. Drag that version out of iTunes and into the folder of your choice.
  7. Delete the 30-second version from iTunes and undo the Start Time/Stop Time changes to the original.
  8. Open the folder containing the 30-second AAC file you dragged out of iTunes, then change the file extension from .m4a to .m4r. Double-click it and it immediately gets added to iTunes' ringtone library.
  9. Finally, sync your iPhone. When it's done, you can head into the settings and select your new ringtone.

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How do I use one of my songs as my ringtone ? Please help !


  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Find the song that you want to make into a ringtone.
  3. Listen to the song and find the part of it you want to use. The chorus may be a good place to start.
  4. Write down the start and stop times of the clip.
  5. Right-click the song and select "Get Info."
  6. Click the "Options" tab.
  7. Type in the start time of your ringtone in the text box next to "Start Time" in the minutes:seconds (i.e., 2:01) format.
  8. Type in the end time of your ringtone in the text box next to "Stop Time." Make sure the ringtone is no more than 40 seconds long.
  9. Click "OK."
  10. Right-click your song again and select "Convert Selection to AAC." Wait for iTunes to convert your song. It will create a duplicate version.
  11. Right-click the ringtone and select "Delete."

Jan 15, 2011 | Apple iPhone 3G

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I recently downloaded about 60 songs onto a new 4GB micro SD card for my sister's Disney MP3 player. I've double checked to make sure the music files were properly formatted from iTunes (AAC version) and the songs will play on my computer from the SD card but the card won't play in the MP3 player. I just read about reformatting the SD card so I reformatted it from FAT32 to FAT but I'm still not having any luck. Suggestions? Thanks in advance...


I would stick to iTunes if that is where you downloaded the music.

In iTunes right click on one of the songs you purchased and click in "get info". At the bottom of the "Summary" tab it says Where the file is located. Does it end in .mp3

If not, you will probably need to convert them into .MP3 format before they will play on the Disney MP3 Player.

To do this:
  1. Open iTunes Preferences.
    Windows: Choose Edit > Preferences.
    Mac: Choose iTunes > Preferences.
  2. Click the General tab, then click the Importing Settings button in the second section of the window.
  3. Change the Import Using: to MP3 Encoder
  4. Click OK and OK again
  5. Find the song you want to convert to MP3 and select it by clicking once, not a double click
  6. Click the "Advanced" menu item at the top of the window
  7. Choose "Create MP3 version"
Use that MP3 version on the Disney MP3 player and see if that helps.

If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it and give a testimonial for my response.

Thank You,
Brandon

Dec 22, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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i dont know how to set a song as ur ringtone on the iphone


  1. Start iTunes and find the song you want to convert. (It must be an MP3.)
  2. Right-click the song and choose Get Info.
  3. Click the Options tab.
  4. Check the Start Time and Stop Time boxes, then enter times for each (no more than 30 seconds apart, the maximum length for a ringtone). I used 0:00 and 0:30, respectively, as "Spit It Out" has a perfect ascending lead-in.
  5. Click OK, then right-click the song again and choose Create AAC Version. You should immediately see a new 30-second version of the song.
  6. Drag that version out of iTunes and into the folder of your choice.
  7. Delete the 30-second version from iTunes and undo the Start Time/Stop Time changes to the original.
  8. Open the folder containing the 30-second AAC file you dragged out of iTunes, then change the file extension from .m4a to .m4r. Double-click it and it immediately gets added to iTunes' ringtone library.
  9. Finally, sync your iPhone. When it's done, you can head into the settings and select your new ringtone.
That's all there is to it! What song(s) will you assign to ringtone duty? Leave a comment and nominate your favorites. Meanwhile, have a happy new year! I'll see you back here in '09.

May 08, 2010 | Apple iPhone 3G

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30gb video


Hi,

Sometimes you may have a bad sector in your hard drive, you may want to remove that song from iTunes, sync (which will take it off your iPod) then add it back into iTunes and sync again (to add it back on, likely in a different spot on the hard drive). If this does not work, you may want to try and convert that song to another format and then convert it back to MP3.

A fix for now is to right click and get info on the song and go to the options tab and tell it to start 1 second into the song.

Hope this hellps.

Live, Love, Laugh.

May 12, 2008 | Apple iPod MA446LL/A MP3 Player

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