If you want a great ringtone for your iPhone and you have actually tried using different applications that claim to create iPhone ringtones, only to be disappointed then you could have used the wrong means. These apps may claim to have the ability to give you what you want, but in truth they have no access to the iPhone folders, which means that you will not be able to really add the tones into your iPhone’s tone list. What you need to do is to synch your mobile phone with iTunes because that is the only way to have those tones appear on your phone.
There is always an exception to the rule though, as there is an app that can create ringtones and then save them on your iPhone without the need for a separate PC, this is app is called the Garageband.
Using iTunes to Make Ringtones
In order to ensure that you get the right tones to use as your ringtone or as alert tones for text messages or online notification tones. All you have to do is to go to iTunes and then you have to sync your phone in order to be able to import tones to be set up as you want them; as ringtones and text tones. It can be said that Apple definitely wants to take full control of their users that is why the need for iTunes is imperative. They may be other reasons but the fact remains that the whole process is a bit difficult and time consuming. But, if you want to get the best of your iPhone and to have a catchy ringtone, then follow these instructions.
Using iTunes 11 or older versions do the following:
Turn on your computer unit and launch iTunes. You can find a shortcut on your desktop or you can look for it in the Start menu, once you find iTunes, double click it.
Go to Library and right-click on the tone or the song that you have chosen, and then click Get Info.
Go to Options and then on boxes that say Start Time and Stop, enter the times that you intend for the start and stop of your chosen ringtone. Before you do this, it would be better to listen to your chosen track first and then you should note down what time you need it to start. For the stop time, you have no other choice but to chose anytime within 30 seconds after the start time you have chosen, as this is the maximum duration for a ringtone.
Click OK and then right-click the track again and then go to Create AAC version. The song will be converted by iTunes and will show as duplicate track, which can be identified by track duration in seconds. In case the Create AAC version cannot be found, there is a big chance that your rip settings are aimed for MP3 files creation. You need to modify this by clicking the menu to be found at the top-left corner of the iTunes page, select Preferences then choose Import Settings and then click Import Using: AAC Encoder.
Right-click the original track and with the Options tab bring the start and stop times to original time settings, that way you get to listen to the original track instead of just the time duration you have chosen.
Right-click short ringtone track and then select Show in Windows Explorer.
Once you see the highlighted file, you have to right-click on it and then select Rename. You can then use the extension .m4r from .m4a. Click Yes when prompted to confirm your choice to change extension.
If the .m4a extension is not visible it could mean that Windows has been set to hide extensions. You will have to display extension so you can edit. You cannot just add .m4r when you rename the file; for example, from 01 Billy Jean.m4a you just type 01 Billy Jean.m4r.m4a, that’s not right. You have to find the right way to show the extensions.
To add your chosen file to iTunes Library, double-click it or you can use the Add File to Library option found in iTunes. There is no need to delete the track from the iTunes music library, but you can for housekeeping’s sake.
In iTunes you have to click the visible drop-down menu and choose Tones from your Library. The ringtone you have chosen should be there. If it’s not there, Tones could have been deselected in the iTunes preferences. You have to enable them by clicking menu and choosing Preferences, check the Tones box, click OK and try to see if you can find your chosen ringtone from your Library.
You then have to connect your phone to the computer unit and when iPhone appears, click it and then click the Tones option in the menu and ensure that Sync Tones is checked.
After finishing the synching process, you just have to tap the Settings option on the iPhone, then choose Sounds, then Ringtone and choose the newly selected tone. You should see it at the top of your list over the default Ringtones.
For custom tone for your text messages and notifications for Twitter, Facebook, voicemails and any reminder alert, just follow the same instructions.
You just have to choose the right section on your iPhone that says SOUNDS AND VABRATION PATTERNS. Tap one, like Text Tone and the Alert Tones list will appear. Just scroll down until you see the Ringtones list where you will find the custom tones you have synched in the eighth step.
You may have to modify the start and stop time for your notification custom tone, as 30 seconds may not be appropriate. But still, the choice is yours.