6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

Phones: Create free iPhone ringtones using iTunes 8.0

About Video Transcript

Phones: Create free iPhone ringtones using iTunes 8.0

3:03 /

Brian Tong shows you how to make your own killer ringtones with iTunes and iTunes only.

^B00:00:01 >> If you're looking to make ringtones for your iPhone there's an application that you already have that does it all. I'm Brian Tong with CNET.com, and in today's Insider Secret we'll show you how to use iTunes and iTunes only to create your own ringtones. ^M00:00:19 We've shown you how to create iTunes ringtones with other applications before, but this is strictly iTunes for the PC and Mac. So first of all we'll be using iTunes 8.0 for this demo and another thing, this process does not work with songs purchased from the iTunes Music Store with DRM on them. MP3's or AIFF's and not protected AAC files will work just fine, and this works with files purchased from the Amazon Music Store, another reason to check them out. Now if you're not sure what kind of files you have in your music collection, right-click on this bar in iTunes and select "Kind". A column will appear to show you. So let's jump into iTunes. I'll find a song I want to turn into a ring tone, and this is an MP3 of a song I ripped from my own cd. Now right-click on the song and select "Get Info". A window will show up with track information and several tabs, so choose the options tab and look for the start time and stop time settings. Click on the boxes next to those settings for now. I already know where in the song I want this ringtone to start, so I'll put in the time of 1 minute and 13 seconds, and I'll end it 15 seconds after that a 1:28. ^M00:01:24 Now hit the okay button to save those changes. Now we'll go to Advanced in the menu bar, scroll down and click on "Create an AAC Version". You should see a track in your iTunes with the same file name as the original. The time of the track should only be 15 seconds, and it should be an AAC file. We're halfway there now, so stick with us, people. Oh, and a quick note, you'll also want to go back to the original song file and uncheck the start and stop time, so that it plays normally in the future. Now drag and drop the 15 second track we just created in iTunes and it will copy onto your desktop. You should see the file and we're going to change the extension name from M4A an M4R. You'll be asked to confirm the changes and we'll use M4R. Now on Windows Vista, you'll need to go to your control panels, then choose "Appearance and Personalization", select the folder options and in the view tab make sure you have unchecked the box to hide extensions for known file types. That will allow you to see and change the file type as well. Okay. Back to the action--before you bring this ringtone into iTunes, you'll have to delete the 15 second version that we initially created. If you don't do this, iTunes won't accept the new ringtone, so this is an important step. Now, drag and drop the renamed M4R file into the source column and the word "Library" should highlight. We'll copy the file to iTunes, and if this is your first ringtone, and bell icon and ringtone list will now appear. Click on it, and voila, now you have your very own ringtone made from iTunes. Sync up your iPhone and you are good to go. I'm Brian Tong, with CNET.com and there's your Insider Secret for making ringtones with just iTunes 8.0. Use it wisely. ^E00:03:03

New releases

The tiny Samsung Portable SSD T1 pack a crazy punch
1:59 January 23, 2015
CNET editor Dong Ngo shares some of his inspiring thoughts with the one-of-a-kind and totally awesome Samsung Portable SSD T1 driv...
Play video
'Star Wars' supercut shows every GUI in the 1977 film, Ep. 189
4:24 January 23, 2015
This week on Crave get a glimpse of the future with drug-trafficking drones, a solar-powered plane circling the globe and Russia's...
Play video
This costly cooker is a culinary master
1:48 January 23, 2015
Replace your current stash of small appliances with the $299 Instant Pot Smart.
Play video
You built a time machine... out of a rice maker?
1:47 January 23, 2015
It won't send you back to the future, but the Tim3 Machin3 from 3 Squares will cook rice and quinoa quickly and automatically.
Play video
Netpicks: What to watch this weekend
1:53 January 23, 2015
For a really, really limited time Amazon is giving away its award-winning show, Transparent.
Play video
Panic sweeps nerd nation over Apple Watch battery life
3:00 January 23, 2015
The Apple Watch battery may not be as magical as some hope, T-Mobile will look past customers' bad credit scores, and more electric...
Play video
Wink Relay smart home control pad falls short of its potential
2:28 January 23, 2015
The benefits of an in-wall smart home control panel seem obvious, but too many limitations and still in-development features hold this...
Play video
NHT SuperBuds: $99 in-ear headphones won't get you high, but they go low
1:39 January 23, 2015
The cannabis-themed SuperBuds are a well-designed and affordable earphone geared toward those who listen to bass-centric music
Play video