Free iPhone Ringtones – Create Custom iPhone Ringtones, Build Your Own iPhone Ringtones

When the iPhone was originally released, users were able to create their own iPhone ringtones by trimming a file to 30 seconds or less and changing the file extension to the Apple specific .M4R format. With the release of iTunes 7.4.x and iPhone firmware 1.1.1, the custom ringtones became disabled, or unrecognized by iTunes and the iPhone. Now with the latest release of iTunes version 7.5 and the most recent iPhone update, firmware version 1.1.2, custom ringtones are once again supported.

This is a relief to many since paying Apple one dollar for a song, then another dollar to convert that song to a ringtone was a bit of a waste. Here’s a step by step overview of how to create a custom ringtone for you iPhone with iTunes 7.5 and iPhone firmware version 1.1.2.

  1. Choose your music or sound (mp3)
  2. Use Audacity (or any other sound editing program) to cut the song to 30 seconds or less
  3. Add the song to your iTunes library
  4. Right click on the song in iTunes and convert to AAC
  5. Find the .mpa song in your iTunes Music folder. Most likely in C:\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Music)
  6. If you don’t already have a Ringtones folder in your iTunes Music folder, create it now. Should be My Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Music\Ringtones
  7. Rename the .mpa song to .mpr (within Windows Vista, iTunes exports the file as .m4a – if this is the case for you, just rename to .m4r) (if you don’t see file extension, you can change this by selecting Tools > Folder Options > View (Tab) > Then uncheck the box for “Hide extensions for known file types”.
  8. Now add the Ringtones folder that you created to iTunes. Select File > Add Folder to Library and add the new Ringtones folder.
  9. The new ringtone should now appear in the Ringtones list in iTunes.
  10. Select the ringtones that you’d like to sync, or sync all ringtones.
  11. Sync the iPhone.
  12. From the iPhone home screen, go to Settings > Sounds > Ringtone on the iPhone.
  13. There is a grouping called Custom which should appear at the top of the list. Your new ringtone should be in that list.

Free iPhone Ringtones

CTU Ringtone – .mpr file
Crank Ringtone (Movie) – .mpr file

If you have any requests for other ringtones, let me know. If I like the song or the sound, I’ll gladly convert it for you.

AppleMobileBackup.exe has stopped working – iPhone Sync Error with Windows Vista

I get this error every time I sync my iPhone with Windows Vista. It doesn’t affect the sync, but the error is annoying. Is there any way to stop it, or is just one of those Windows/Apple problems that will never be able to get resolved? What is AppleMobileBackup.exe? It obviously doesn’t seem necessary since my iPhone syncs fine without it.

Here’s the specific error message that I get along with a screenshot:

AppleMobileBackup.exe has stopped working
A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available.

AppleMobileBackup.exe has stopped working

Could not activate EDGE – AT&T EDGE Network iPhone Error Message

Today, I was trying to lookup some sports scores and game times and I got the following message on my iPhone “Could not activate EDGE”. This came out of nowhere and has now been coming up consistently for the past half hour. I’ve read some posts that say this could be due to hacking & tweaking the iPhone, however my iPhone is unhacked, and untweaked.

I think this is more of a periodic problem with the AT&T EDGE network. For some reason, Apple decided to use the outdated EDGE data plan instead of getting in bed with Sprint or another provider who offered something more “now”.

Strange iPhone Icons – Phone 1+, Voicemail 1+, Voicemail (-1)

I’m not actually worried about this, because I’m guessing that when I restart my iPhone the problem will be solved, but I just got a voicemail and the voicemail button, where the icon usually shows up that displays the number of voicemail messages that you have, it now say shows a 1+. The wierd thing about this is that up above on the top menu, between the greeting and speaker button, it reads Voicemail (-1).

Did something on my iPhone get tweaked or fried? Also, now when I go to the home screen the phone icon displays a 1+ as well. Obviously, the 1+ on the phone icon is coming from the voicemail icon, but what does the plus mean? Too many voicemails stored? Time to delete some? Wouldn’t it be better to display a friendly popup message or something telling me to delete some old voicemails? I think that’d make more sense.

Here’s a screenshot of the homescreen with the phone and the 1+ icon:

iPhone 1+ Icon - Strange Icon on homescreen

Here’s a screenshot of my voicemail screen that displays the Voicemail (-1) and the Voicemail 1+:

iPhone 1+ Icon - Strange Icon on Voicemail (-1) Screen

Is there a limit to the amount of voicemail that can be stored on the iPhone? Would that be causing this problem?

Apple (AAPL) Ups and Downs – Which Way Will it Go Tomorrow?

I’ve always been a huge supporter of Apple (AAPL) products, and their stock since I bought it at the announcement of the iPhone a few months back, but recently (when I say recently, I mean the past 4 business days) Apple (AAPL) stock has been completely unpredictable. I’m wondering now if I should have bought more shares when it had fallen to $155. At the close of the market today, when Apple (AAPL) finished up over 10%, I was kicking myself for not making that little investment this morning.

What is with these huge spikes and drops in the stock market right now? It doesn’t seem to just be tech stocks… yesterday, E Trade lost half of its value, a couple weeks back, Countrywide Financial fell to record lows. Is there a problem with the market? Are investors getting worried and cashing out? What can we expect from Apple (AAPL) and other stocks for the remainder of 2007?

iPhone Enabled Blogs – Listing of iPhone Optimized Blogs

Ever since I got my iPhone, I’ve been very interested in finding and creating content and sites that are iPhone friendly. This post is meant to provide a listing of all iPhone enabled blogs (stay tuned for my list of iPhone enabled websites). By iPhone enabled, I simply mean that the site is iPhone friendly, i.e. the site recognizes the iPhone as the User Agent and displays a site that is easily navigated and easily legible through the Safari browser on the iPhone.

If your site is iPhone enabled, and you’d like to be on this list, simply add a link to my site from your site and reference this post, and I’ll add a link to your site on the list below. If you still need to enable your WordPress blog for the iPhone, click here. The first 5 listings below are freebees (myself included).

  2. Sofa King Drunk – Drink Recipes, Drinking Games
  3. And they call me an Engineer
  4. [mk]
  5. Cyberathlete Professional League

Get your site on this list! Just do the following:

  1. Write a post on your blog linking to this post.
  2. Include the above listing of iPhone enabled blogs.
  3. Send me a message with a link to your post – click here.

Your WordPress Blog Formatted for the iPhone – Best Plugin for WordPress and iPhone

As the iPhone and iPod touch gain a larger and larger market share, you will begin to see more and more sites that are formatted specifically for the iPhone. Being the lazy bastard that I am, I really didn’t feel like creating an entirely separate site that was formatted specifically for the iPhone, that’s where these new WordPress plugins come in handy. If you want to make the frontend of your site available to iPhone users, you can simply install the iWPhone WordPress Plugin and Them found here: iWPhone.

The iWPhone Plugin and Theme allows you to activate and deactivate iPhone functionality for your site just like activating and deactivating a plugin. The way it works is when the plugin is activated, it checks the User Agent, and if it sees that the User Agent is either the iPhone or an iPod (the iPod Touch to be specific), then it simply loads the iPhone Theme that comes with the download.

My only complaints about this Plugin/Theme is that it currently doesn’t offer category support. Basically, when someone views this site, they will only see posts listed as most recent to least recent, they don’t have the option to view a category listing.

iTunes 7.5 Released – iTunes 7.5 Bugs, Fixes, but Determining Gapless Playback Information still not fixed

Since the release of the iPhone, the new generations iPods and the iPod Touch (or as I like to call it the glorified iPod and the not so glorious iPhone), Apple has released multiple iTunes updates, which oftentimes, in-turn, update the firmware on their devices – the iPhone, the iPod Touch, the iPod Classic, the iPod Nano… I think you get the picture. The only problem is that most of us are completely happy with the way our devices work… it’s iTunes that is giving us the problem!

As you probably know from my other posts on this site, many people are very unhappy with the “Determining Gapless Playback Information” functionality that is built into iTunes, and most of us want it removed, or at least a simple way to disable it. Unfortunately, iTunes 7.5 hasn’t addressed this issue.

Here’s what Apple says iTunes version 7.5 will do for you:

Features the ability to activate iPhone wherever service is offered and support for Phase, a new interactive music game designed exclusively for iPod nano (third generation), iPod classic, and iPod (fifth generation). This release also includes bug fixes to improve stability and performance.

“Improved stability and performance”… it’d be nice if they told what steps they took to make this happen. The simple removal of “Determining Gapless Playback Information” would be a huge step forward in my opinion.

iPhone Battery Life and iPhone Battery Charging Tips – Extend iPhone Battery Life

If you’ve bought an iPhone, you’ve probably realized that its got a very solid battery life for all of the features that it offers. Though I have heard some complaints of faulty batteries, most stories of battery life have been very positive. If you need a little help making your battery last a little bit longer, here are a few tips to help you extend the battery life of your iPhone.

  1. Turn of Bluetooth – if you’re not using the geeky little headset to make phone calls, you don’t need bluetooth enabled. No need to have your iPhone search endlessly for bluetooth devices if you’re not planning on using any.
  2. Use the Auto-Lock Setting – I’ve got mine turned to 1 minute. This means that after 1 minute of inactivity, my iPhone will power itself down (same as pressing the power/lock button on the upper right of the phone). This is probably one of the biggest battery savers, as the screen will not remain lit while the phone is not in use.
  3. Get yourself in the habit if locking your iPhone when you’re done using it – After you make a call, send an email, check your stocks, or do whatever else you may need to do, click the lock button at the upper right hand side of the phone. Don’t wait for it to power the screen off on its own. Turn it off as soon as you’re done using it for the task at hand.
  4. Turn off the WiFi radio – When you’re not connected to a WiFi network; i.e. when you’re not at home, at a coffee shop, or some other place where you know that you’ll have WiFi access; turn off the WiFi radio on the iPhone. This will help to increase battery life.
  5. Drain the battery completely prior to charging – This is a good practice for anything with rechargeable batteries. I used to employ this tactic heavily when I was into racing R/C cars, but that’s an entirely different story. Learn your phone and how long the battery lasts FOR YOU and charge it accordingly. I can typically go 2 fulls days without a charge. The battery lasts just fine for me to do the following 2 days in a row without a charge:
    1. Listen to 1-2 hours of music (typically on shuffle with the screen off)
    2. Make calls (typically 15-60 minutes… I’m not a big talker)
    3. Check emails approximately 10 times through the day
    4. Send between 5-25 emails… this depends on how busy I am while not at work.
    5. Check stocks 3 times per day
    6. Check weather in the morning and evening
    7. Send 10-20 text messages

    My iPhone battery will last about 2 days while doing the above tasks. On the second day, the battery will fall into the red zone between 4-6pm and when I return it to the cradle in the evening, it will usually only have about 10% of its life remaining. I know this isn’t a “complete battery drain”, but it’s pretty close.

I’ve been using these tips listed above and have been getting great life from my iPhone battery. I’d love to hear if anyone out there has any additional suggestions that can be added to the list.