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This guide will show you how to make iPhone ringtones using songs on your iTunes music library right from your Windows PC without installing any application (except for iTunes, of course) and without registering to any website or any premium text services. That means, everything is FREE!
Everything is done directly on your computer, you can do this even without internet connection.
This is for all iPhones (iPhone 4, 3GS, 3G or older) and for all iOS versions.
Here's what you need:
Computer running on Windows 7, Vista or XP with iTunes installed
Song(s) on your iTunes music library
Note: You don't need your iPhone yet until you're done making your ringtone and are ready to sync.
If you don't see the Ringtones list on your sidebar, don't worry. It will show up after you're successful in creating your first one.
Open iTunes (from your PC) and select any song from your music library.
Right-click on your chosen song then click on Get Info.
Click on the Options tab, at the top of info window.
Look for Start Time and Stop Time, and copy whatever is written in the Stop Time box (which is the full length of the song) to avoid messing up the original copy, coz you're gonna need to put it back later.On the video, the original length of my song is 5:48.055, but ringtones for iPhones could not comprise the full length of the song, it must only be around 1 to 30 seconds (though I'm not sure if 30+ sec will still work).
Shorten the song to acceptable limit (1 to 30 sec.).On the video I used the first 9 seconds, by changing only the Stop Time from 5:48.055 to 0:09.000.You may also choose the middle part of any song, say you can set the Start Time at 1:23.456 (or any time of your choice) and the Stop Time at 1:54.321 (or any time of your choice).
Click on OK to apply the changes.
Select the same song, click on Advanced from the Menu bar at the top of iTunes Window, then click on Create AAC version.Notice that the AAC version has shorter time than the original one.
Modify the original copy back to its full length (noted on step 4), then click on OK.
Right-click on the AAC version, then click on Show in Windows Explorer. A folder will open showing your two songs in file form, the original copy having the .mp3 file extension, and AAC version with .m4a.If you cannot see the file extensions, Go to Control Panel>Folder Options>View (tab)> and from there, remove the check beside the option saying Hide extensions for known file types. Click on OK to apply the changes. (Watch the video for clearer instruction.)
Change the .m4a file extension to .m4r.You may also change the name, but that's up to you. The important thing is to change the file extension.
Then Windows will ask:Just click on Yes.
Double-click on the modified file to add it to your ringtones list, and you're done!
The only thing you need to do now is to sync ringtones so you can use them on your iPhone.
WARNING-BEFORE YOU SYNC Syncing ringtones will affect the music library on the iPhone, so before you click the sync button, be sure to transfer all your purchased songs first (from iPhone to PC) so no song will be deleted. Or better yet, do this only when you're working on the computer where: you save all your songs, or; you regularly sync your iPhone.
Notes: This guide is intended only for iPhone users, because iPhones do not accept file types other than .m4r as ringtones.
This guide is intended only for Windows users. The guide for Mac users is written separately, with its own video.
Sometimes if your phone isnt an original to the network it is on, It will give protection to the ringtone so you can't send it. When you try to save it the phone may still be trying to verify that the phone you are using is the phone you bought it on. Unfortunatley there isn't much you can do about this except find a provider that works with your network and phone... And to ask the company for a refund if you paid for your ringtones.
I have the same issue. I know this is a roundabout solution, but I love the phone in all other ways, so I handled it like this:
I make my own ringtones with audio editing software anyway, so I just made versions of my original ringtones that were "volume-cut" by 6dB or 12 dB. Then to get these .mp3 files installed as ringtones, first I save them to the "my_sounds" directory on the micro-SD card (either via USB cable and "USB Mass Storage" mode, or by taking the card out and plugging it into my PC with an SD card adapter,)
This puts them in as "sounds" but not yet ringtones. Then, on the phone itself, I send a multimedia message of each sound to myself (i.e. to this same phone, "from me to me") Once each message is received, you will get an option to "Save as Ringtone", and once you do that, the sounds become available as ringtones.
I just use ALL of my own "volume-cut" ringtones for the different ring sounds in my phone, and it makes it quieter. Note that if you then use any "standard" ringtones, they will seem particularly loud by comparison.
After going through the manual and talking to an AT&T rep, I found that it is not possible to set your own ringtone as a message alert tone. You can only use your own ringtones for calls and ringer ID's. We're stuck with the 10 pre-loaded rings for the message alerts. :(