Ringtones have a love hate relationship with most of us. We love clever ringtones. We hated paying the cell phone company for ringtones. Apple’s iMessage put a big dent in cell phone company texting revenue, and Apple did the same to ringtones. Here’s how to get all you need from iTunes.
Home Grown Ringtones
I haven’t bothered to count all the ways you can create a ringtone for your iPhone, but the number is growing, including many apps on the iPhone App Store.
For Mac users who want a bit more control over Ringtone management and creation, there’s the little app that could. Uh, can. It’s cleverly named Ringtones.
The app is billed as the way to create unlimited ringtones but that’s wrong. Unlimited? However you slice and dice it you are limited by music and storage space and the space time continuum.
Regardless, Ringtones is about as easy as it gets to create a ringtone, save it to iTunes, and get it installed on your iPhone.
From within Ringtones, select the song from iTunes that you want to use as a ringtone. Then, slide the ringtone editor over the audio waveform to get the start and end points the way you want.
You can easily select an option to loop the ringtone (with a gap), and select whether to use a fade in or a fade out or both.
Click the Preview button to listen to the ringtone; adjust as needed. When you’ve got the sound just right, click the Send to iTunes button.
The ringtone will be stored in iTunes and then synchronized with your iPhone the next time you sync. And, that’s about the whole ball of wax. There are other apps which do the same thing, but Ringtones is by far the easiest.
The only real caveat is DRM music; those songs you’ve purchased from Apple in iTunes which are protected. But Ringtones gives you a couple of ways to get those converted to ringtones, too (convoluted, of course, but workable).