My neighbor asked me how to get more ringtones for her brand new iPhone. I said it was easy and did a quick search of all the ringtone apps for Macs.
A few clicks later we had all the details on half a dozen Mac apps that create iPhone ringtones in minutes. Easy, right? The apps are simple to use, get the job done, and don’t cost much. Is there a more free way?
Ringtones Better Than Cheap
Ringtones were once a huge revenue stream for the cell phone industry and the recording industry. No more. Like the days of inexpensive diapers, and date night for parents with three kids, those days are gone.
I started out to do a review on Ringtones, one of our favorite ringtone creation apps.
Then I realized that with a few extra clicks and some patience, you could get similar results for less money. As in not using money at all.
Here’s what I did for my neighbor’s request for more ringtones.
Rescue Me, Fair Garageband
Open up the latest version of Garageband on your Mac. You’ll get a graphic dialog box that looks like this. Select iPhone ringtone. Then click Voice.
Garageband then asks you to name your ringtone. Give it a name you’ll remember and don’t make it too long.
Now the fun begins. Once Garageband opens, delete the Male and Female voice tracks, then click to display all your iTunes music. Find a non-protected song you like, drag it into iTunes.
Use the yellow ruler at the top of Garageband and stretch it to just under 30-seconds. Then drag the song’s wave form to fit and edit.
Listent to the music track in Garageband and make sure it’s ready. Then, click Share from the Menubar, and select Send Ringtones to iTunes (iTunes will open up and the ringtone should appear).
That’s about it. Free iTunes ringtones using your iTunes music and a few clicks.
Repeat for as many songs as you want and send each new ringtone to iTunes.
Just make sure that when you sync iTunes to your iPhone that you check the Ringtones tab.
What you get is all the ringtones you want for the price of a few point and clicks. Even better, because you’re creating the ringtones, you can add sound effects, custom voice overs, or recorded voices of those calling you (my favorite).
Remember when you had to pay for ringtones? This is the 21st century. I don’t think so.