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.
- Choose your music or sound (mp3)
- Use Audacity (or any other sound editing program) to cut the song to 30 seconds or less
- Add the song to your iTunes library
- Right click on the song in iTunes and convert to AAC
- Find the .mpa song in your iTunes Music folder. Most likely in C:\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Music)
- 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
- 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”.
- Now add the Ringtones folder that you created to iTunes. Select File > Add Folder to Library and add the new Ringtones folder.
- The new ringtone should now appear in the Ringtones list in iTunes.
- Select the ringtones that you’d like to sync, or sync all ringtones.
- Sync the iPhone.
- From the iPhone home screen, go to Settings > Sounds > Ringtone on the iPhone.
- 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.