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Use iTunes to create MP3 ringtones for cellphones Apps
After discovering my phone can play mp3 files as ringtones, I immediately grabbed some of my favorite songs and tried to crop and convert them. After trying to do so using Quicktime Pro and iTunes (far more hassle then it's worth), I gave up until I found a hint online (posted by an anonymous forumite elsewhere) that lets you do the same thing in iTunes in half the time!

First, in iTunes you need to go to Prefs, then Import, then change your import settings to mp3 (I used 112kbps, quality is less important than compactness for my ringtones). Then, find the song you want, and go through the song to figure out which part you want to be the ringtone (IE: 00:30.00 to 00:42.00) and then Command-I to get info on the song. Under the Options tab in the Get Info menu, check both start and stop time and enter the start and stop times for the ringtone section (IE: Start time 00:30.00 End Time 00:42.00). You may want to play it once to make sure it's well cropped. Then, just select the song in your library and go to Advanced -> Convert Selection to MP3. It will automatically convert ONLY the portion of the song that you selected to a new, cropped MP3 file, which can then be dragged onto the desktop and used. This is infinitely easier than trying to crop and convert in another application, and now you can have the coolest ringtone on the block in half the time!
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Use iTunes to create MP3 ringtones for cellphones
Authored by: mistercow on May 25, '04 10:40:55AM

To do this in QuickTime Pro, just open the file, and select the portion you want. To test if it is the right part, hit Command-T (Play selection only) , and press play. After you get what part you want selected, hit Command-C to copy it, Command-N to make a new window, and Command-V to paste. Now go to the menu File:Export and choose "Sound to AIFF" . Open that in iTunes and convert to mp3.

The opening and closing is a little more of a hassle, but it is a lot easier to drag handles around a timeline than it is to enter time codes.



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Use iTunes to create MP3 ringtones for cellphones
Authored by: trekvogel on May 25, '04 01:57:02PM

I use Quicktime pro to create a mono aiff file, then audacity to convert to 48kbps mp3. You probably don't need stereo on your phone and this saves some space. Mono 48kbps mp3's sound teriffic on my phone. Takes about 180kb on my phone.



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Use iTunes to create MP3 ringtones for cellphones
Authored by: Jay on May 25, '04 10:47:44AM

What are you using to get the ringtones to your phone?



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Use iTunes to create MP3 ringtones for cellphones
Authored by: Tovarizzle on May 25, '04 12:54:10PM

I'm using Bluetooth and the "Browse Device" menu to send them to the phone.



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Use iTunes to create MP3 ringtones for cellphones
Authored by: Fofer on May 25, '04 12:14:45PM

QuickConvert is one of the great helpers on Doug's Applescript pages... it allows you you select a new importing preset on-the-fly, without having to change the default in the prefs back and forth:

http://www.malcolmadams.com/itunes/scripts/scripts02.php?page=1#quickconvert



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Use iTunes to create MP3 ringtones for cellphones
Authored by: Tovarizzle on May 25, '04 12:57:21PM

I used to use that exact same method for Quicktime Pro, but the precision wasn't really that necessary, and the 2 or 3 extra files that it produced are kinda annoying. I just find the iTunes method to be quicker and easier.



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no Bluetooth
Authored by: arizdave on May 25, '04 01:01:46PM

what if you don't have a bluetooth phone but have a usb cable - how do you transfer the "tune" tone <(;-(



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no Bluetooth
Authored by: yubbie2 on May 25, '04 04:44:06PM

it depends a lot on the type of phone, service provider, etc. do a google search for your phone type + "wallpaper" or + "ringtone" or "+usb" and you're bound to get some relevant hits. yahoo groups also has a bunch of platform and phone specific groups for this purpose.



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Kyocera 7135 Smart Phone Ring Tones for OS X
Authored by: Paul Burney on May 25, '04 09:43:30PM
This tip can equally apply to the Kyocera 7135 Smart Phone. With that phone (which I have: part Palm PDA, part cell phone), you need to first encode the MP3 in a palm wrapper. I have such a program for OS X linked to from my site:

http://paulburney.com/links.html

Hope it helps!

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Use iTunes to create MP3 ringtones for cellphones
Authored by: joebodolai on May 26, '04 12:55:21AM

How is this a hint to create ringtones? It's merely an explanation of how to edit mp3 files from iTunes.



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Use iTunes to create MP3 ringtones for cellphones
Authored by: Tovarizzle on May 26, '04 01:09:09AM

As I mentioned in my response to your e-mail stating the above, With many modern phones (the Motorola V600, for one), the mp3 file IS the ringtone, and the phone just plays them back at high volume. There is no further processing required, and the purpose of this hint was to show iTunes cropping capabilities as they relate to mp3 ringtone creation, not as a comprehensive guide to making and using all formats of ringtones.



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Use iTunes to create MP3 ringtones for cellphones
Authored by: osxfan57 on May 26, '04 03:09:51AM

I have a Moto V600 and bluetooth on my Mac. I get how to edit MP3's, but to which folder do I drag them in the V600 in order to be able to use them as ringtones?
Also - off topic - can you suggest a great place for games for my V600?
Thanks.

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Use iTunes to create MP3 ringtones for cellphones
Authored by: diskiller on May 26, '04 02:02:28AM

As the other posted said, many new cellphones (mainly the smartphones) can play mp3's as ring tones.

My Sony Ericsson P900 is one. What you want, though, is not the entire damn song playing, especially when alot of songs have a "slow start". You want to edit the mp3, and get it to start right at a nice loud part at the start of the chorus or something like that.

Same thing you want to do on the older polyphonic phones that could play midis. Many midi's of songs started slow, some even had several seconds (as many as 5 to 10 seconds) of nothing at the start. Does you no good that your phone has already been ringing 5 to 10 seconds before the midi starts playing cuz there's nothing at the start. So you need to edit your midi or mp3 so its appropriate for us as a ringtone.

As for me: I like a nice quiet soothing mp3 for my alarm, and my ringtone is one of the Sony Ericsson polyphonic ringtones that came with my T610 (so its a midi i think). Maybe i'll bother editing up a nice mp3 ringtone with this hint now :)



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Use iTunes to create MP3 ringtones for cellphones
Authored by: osxpounder on May 26, '04 05:50:14PM

This all sounds cool enough to make me want a phone that does this, so that I could record myself doing guitar riffs to use as ringtones. I'm glad you submitted the tip, and it's fantastic to hear from others about which specific phones we can put our own MP3 ringtones into. The tip about using the Palm wrapper was a valuable piece of arcana, too -- thanks!

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Use iTunes to create MP3 ringtones for cellphones
Authored by: rdctoast on Sep 07, '07 08:55:55PM

DyNoMight..had a great time making my custom ringtones on my new iphone. Life is good again. Great tip.



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Use iTunes to create MP3 ringtones for cellphones
Authored by: fishermanbob on Sep 08, '07 01:54:51AM

if you have an internet capable phone or one that can receive mms messages a neat trick for moving your newly made ringtone would be to use an online email like hotmail
what you can do is make a new message and attach your new ringtone to it... then email it to your phone number... or if you want you can make a new message attach your ringtone and save as a draft then use your phones internet browser to access your email and download the ringtone... hope this helps...



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Use iTunes to create MP3 ringtones for cellphones
Authored by: fishermanbob on Sep 08, '07 02:04:23AM

edit on my post above i had to add the @mms.att.net to my phones number to email it to my phone... so the entire email address to send it to your phone will probably be like this:
666-666-6666@@mms.att.net
you extension may change... if this extension doesnt work try send a mms message from your phone to your email.. the extension should be in the sender email address box in you email provider window... so send it from your phone... then look at your hotmail on your computer and look at the senders email address that is the address that you need to email your ringtone to... again it should be something like this:
666-666-6666@@mms.att.net
hope this helps...



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Use iTunes to create MP3 ringtones for cellphones
Authored by: fishermanbob on Sep 08, '07 02:06:13AM

edit on my post above i had to add the @mms.att.net to my phones number to email it to my phone... so the entire email address to send it to your phone will probably be like this:
666-666-6666@@mms.att.net
you extension may change... if this extension doesnt work try send a mms message from your phone to your email.. the extension should be in the sender email address box in you email provider window... so send it from your phone... then look at your hotmail on your computer and look at the senders email address that is the address that you need to email your ringtone to... again it should be something like this:
666-666-6666@@mms.att.net
hope this helps...



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Use iTunes to create MP3 ringtones for cellphones
Authored by: Houserulz on Jan 02, '10 11:05:00AM

I was able to send my 00:16 sec mp3 song to my cell phone via Bluetooth, but I can't assign it as a ringtone to a contact name. I can play it in the media player along with other mp3 ringtones. WEIRED!!!! Any suggestions as to how I can resolve this?



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Use iTunes to create MP3 ringtones for cellphones
Authored by: everkleer80 on Jan 04, '10 08:36:35AM

That would depend largely on what kind of cell phone you have and what its capabilities are. I can tell you that with my LG enV3 on Verizon, if I just send the mp3 through the 'normal' bluetooth file transfer then I can only play the mp3 with the media player on the phone like you. I use a program called bitpim which lets you send and recieve much more from the phone than you can with the readily available methods. I don't know much about how the program works, but I believe it is kind of hacking the phone so, even though I've never had any issues, you should probably be careful as I've read reports of users breaking their phones with it. It took me quite a while of fussing with it to get it to recognize the phone, but once you get it set up it's pretty straitforward to add an mp3 to the ringtones section (and crop it further if you want) then send it to your phone.



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