iTunes: Creating ringtones | lynda.com


This is a movie for iPhone users who are interested
in customizing the ringtones of their phones with song clips. These days it seems like you can’t find a
cell phone that has ringtone that sounds like a phone anymore. Ringtones these days seem to be all about
playing clips of your favorite songs. So if you are one of these people who likes
to have music play as their ringtone for your iPhone, you’ll be happy to know that
you can create a ringtone from any song in your library. Now that said, there are two very different
ways of doing this. One method is for converting songs you have
purchased from the iTunes Store into ringtones and the other is for songs you didn’t
purchase from the iTunes Store. Unfortunately the easy way is reserved for
the purchases and you do have to pay an additional fee for the privilege of
converting a song you already paid for into a ringtone. So I am going to show you this method first
and then I’ll show you a way to do it for free. Earlier I purchased a song from the iTunes
store by the Jellybricks and I can find that under the Purchased section of the
Store heading. It’s called Brand New Sunglasses, and I want
to turn this into a ringtone. To do so, I just right click on it and choose
Create Ringtone. Now, if I tried to select Create Ringtone
on a song I didn’t purchase from the store, I am going to show you here, I will get this
message telling me that ringtones can only be created from songs purchased from
the iTunes Store, just like I told you. But on a song that I did purchase from the
store, let me choose that again, you can see what’s happened here is a waveform
is opened at the bottom of the window. The waveform represents the entire song from
start to finish. This lets me
visually determine which portion of the song I want to use and of course, I can
also listen to the clip. So this blue area represents the portion of
this song that will turn into my ringtone. I can click the Preview button to give it
a listen. (Music playing.) If you want to adjust the length and position
of the ringtone area, you can click and drag it anywhere in the song you
like and you can drag the front end to the left and right to make this longer
or shorter. You can go all the way up to 30 seconds long
or down to 3 seconds long. So maybe I want to move this to about 10 seconds
and I’ll drag the front out again back to the beginning of the song, right
where the waveform starts. Give that a listen. (Music playing.) Okay, so you can hear that we have these fade
in and fade out on as well. So that way, we don’t just cut off abruptly
at the end of the clip before we go back to the beginning. I don’t think we need the fade in because
the song does start pretty abruptly, so I am just going to uncheck that. We also have the option of adding additional
gaps of silence between the time when the clip ends and when it starts again,
but I think about half a second is right. Now, once you are happy with this clip and
definitely make sure that is the clip that you want because once you buy, you
are going to pay 99 cents for this ringtone, and if you change your mind
on the portion of the clip that you want to use, you are going to have to come
back here, create another ringtone, and pay 99 cents again. But I’m pretty happy with this. So I’ll click Buy. Saying are you sure, you want to do this? I’ll say Buy. And now the ringtone portion of my library
has appeared and is selected and in here I see Brand New Sunglasses as my ringtone,
10 seconds long. So that’s pretty easy and convenient to do. But again, you can only create a ringtone
with this method from songs that you purchased from the iTunes Store and you
do have to pay a dollar for the ringtone. Now, you could create your own ringtone simply
by editing one of your songs in a music editing program like GarageBand on the
Mac or maybe Soundbooth on Windows. But I am not going to teach you how to work
with those programs here. Let me instead show you a quick workaround
for creating a ringtone with only iTunes. First you want to locate the song you want
to turn into a ringtone in your own library. I’ll come in here. I find The Jellybricks. Let’s go with Goodnight To Everyone. Then you want to listen to the song and figure
out which portion of the song you want to use as your ringtone. So when it’s playing you want to keep an eye
on the time code here. (Music playing.) So I think right about 15 seconds right before
the vocal comes in. I am going to start from the beginning of
the song, 15 seconds in and out. That will be my ringtone. Next I am going to right-click on this track,
choose Get Info, here under the Options tab, we have our Start Time and Stop
Time options. Normally you use these to cut out portions
of songs that you don’t want to listen to, whether it’s the beginning or the
end. For instance if you are listening to a live
album and the track you like starts with the artist talking on for maybe
2 minutes at a time before the song actually starts. So without editing the track itself, you can
actually come in here and say start the song at 2 minutes at all times. So anytime this track comes up, you can skip
the talking and go right to the song. But that’s not what we are doing this case. In this case, we wanted to just put in the
time codes that represent the portion that we want to turn into our ringtone. So now I am going to start at very beginning
of the song, which in this case is 0 seconds, and I know I want to stop 15 seconds
in. So this will be 0:15. Click OK. So now I have limited this song to just 15
seconds. I am going to have to remember to go back
and turn that off, because I don’t want this song to only play 15 seconds each
time it comes up. But before I do that I want to convert this
into an AAC file and if you recall how to encode songs in our library by going
to Preferences, under the General section, to Import Settings and here you can
choose which encoder you want to use. I do have AAC Encoder selected. Click OK. So I am going to right click on this song
and choose Create AAC Version. Just like that because it’s only 15 seconds
long, I have a second version of the song that’s
only 15 seconds long and this version of the song really is only 15 seconds. None of the song is actually still there,
but hidden. Even if Goodnight To Everyone, the original
track, was an AAC file, I definitely want to create a copy here because I don’t
want to risk permanently messing up the original one in any way. I eventually will have to delete this file. So before I forget, I am going to go back
to Get Info on the original file and just turn off that Stop Time options, so the
stop doesn’t just stop at 15 seconds the next time I listen to it. But as far as this one goes, the next thing
I want to do is to write click on this and choose to find this in my Finder or if
you are on Windows, you want to choose Show in Windows Explorer. That’s going to show you the file itself sitting
here. I’ll just move my iTunes window a little bit
to the side. Now, what I want to do is copy this file to
my desktop. I am going to hold down Option on the Mac,
if you are on Windows you’ll hold down Ctrl to copy this to my desktop. The reason I am making a copy outside of iTunes
is because I am going to have to re-import this file into iTunes. And before I re-import it, I am going to change
its extension. m4a is the extension for AAC files. I am going to change this into m4r for ringtone. Make sure that it does that for me. So that really is the trick. As long as it’s m4r and encoded as an ACC,
it will turn into a ringtone. Now before I bring this back into iTunes,
iTunes will sometimes not re-import this because it might think it’s still the
same file as the one here in my library. So I am going to select the 15 second clip
that we created, hit Delete, remove it from my Library, move it to the trash so
it’s completely gone. And now I can grab this file and bring it
back into my library and now if I go looking ringtones, there is my 15 second Goodnight
To Everyone clip. (Music playing.) So there’s my brand new ringtone. Now, I can’t do anything fancy like the fade
in and fade out that we could with the purchased ringtone and I can’t clip it
as precisely as I can when I edited the purchased song either. But the price for this ringtone suits me just
fine. Now, if you are a Mac user and you have GarageBand,
you can create your own ringtones and you do have the ability to do
things like fade in and fade out and precisely edit your tracks and then with the
added bonus of being able to export them directly into iTunes as a ringtone. So if you have a Mac and GarageBand you might
want to look into how to do that and we do have training on GarageBand on lynda.com
Online Training Library. If you are on Windows and you are using another
sound editing program, after you are done editing your ringtone, just be sure
to export your clip in an iTunes compatible format, maybe a wav file or aif
file. And then an iTunes convert it to an AAC and
then find the AAC file and give it that m4r extension and then re-import into
iTunes. It takes more steps but again, it’s free. So that’s how you can create ringtones from
your iPhone from both iTunes Store purchased and non-iTunes Store purchased music.

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