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Question: Putting ringtones on the iphone 4s via itunes

I've several ringtone files (m4a) and I've plugged the iphone 4s hooked up via itunes. But I can't load the m4a files into itunes.


I've tried file > adding to library and nothing happens. And simply dragging the file onto itunes in various folders on the left-hand side.


But I get the error message: "ringtone.m4a" was not copied to the iPhone because it cannot be played on this iPhone. This seems odd because I know the files are good.


Any suggestions or tips or links? Thank you!


PS. I don't even have a ringtone folder, something others have reported having on their itunes:


On left hand side menu of itunes I have:


Devices

>iphone

Music

Movies

TV shows

Books

Purchases

Voice memos


But shouldn't there be a folder available to drop ring tones in?

MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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Well then, glad you got it sorted. Happy ringing! 😉

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Feb 7, 2013 1:33 PM in response to Jaco_Crash In response to Jaco_Crash

First check Mac's iTunes > Preferences... > General > Show > Tones (must be selected)

Drop in iTunes, check LIBRARY either under Music or Tones not your iPhone list.

In iTunes, select the tone, right click and use "Get Info".

BTW, how did you make those ringtones?

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Feb 7, 2013 10:41 PM in response to Jaco_Crash In response to Jaco_Crash

But I can't drop the .m4r files into any folder in itunes or even onto (or into) itunes in general.


First, if you have latest iTunes 11.0.1, switch Sidebar on.

iTunes > View > Show Sidebar.

Select LIBRARY > Tones in Sidebar (top, left) drag and drop tones from Finder to the right panel.

You can also use iTunes File > Add to Library... (command + o)


Maybe the files I'm using aren't any good? They're under the duration (i.e. time limit) that I've seen posted as a maximum in other threads. The files I'm trying to import are all between 3 and 4 seconds long.


Yes, maybe the tones are corrupted.


I'll show you a simple step by step way to make ringtone using only Mac's iTunes.

First off, check iTunes > Preferences...> General > Import Settings >

Import Using: AAC Encoder

Setting: iTunes Plus

1. Select a title (.mp3 or .m4a) in your iTunes Library

2. Do File > Get Info on selected title (Windows do Edit > Get Info)

3. In the dialog choose Options tab

4. Set Start Time and End Time (no more than 35 secs otherwise won't work)

5. Close dialog.

6. Now control click the title (right click) and choose Create AAC Version

7. When it is done, drag the newly create title to the desktop.

8. Delete the newly create title in iTunes. <- This is important

9. Rename the title on your desktop from ringtone.m4a to ringtone.m4r

10. Drag and drop it into iTunes


Now you have a ringtone.


Make sure it is selected in iTunes for syncing with your new iPhone.

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Feb 7, 2013 1:33 PM in response to Jaco_Crash In response to Jaco_Crash

First check Mac's iTunes > Preferences... > General > Show > Tones (must be selected)

Drop in iTunes, check LIBRARY either under Music or Tones not your iPhone list.

In iTunes, select the tone, right click and use "Get Info".

BTW, how did you make those ringtones?

Feb 7, 2013 1:33 PM

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Feb 7, 2013 10:11 PM in response to ckuan In response to ckuan

First check Mac's iTunes > Preferences... > General > Show > Tones (must be selected)


Thanks for the info. I got Tones to show!


Drop in iTunes, check LIBRARY either under Music or Tones not your iPhone list.

In iTunes, select the tone, right click and use "Get Info".


But I can't drop the .m4r files into any folder in itunes or even onto (or into) itunes in general.



BTW, how did you make those ringtones?



I got it from here:


http://www.beepzoid.com/ringtones/Old-Telephone3.m4r


Maybe the files I'm using aren't any good? They're under the duration (i.e. time limit) that I've seen posted as a maximum in other threads. The files I'm trying to import are all between 3 and 4 seconds long.

Feb 7, 2013 10:11 PM

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Feb 7, 2013 10:41 PM in response to Jaco_Crash In response to Jaco_Crash

But I can't drop the .m4r files into any folder in itunes or even onto (or into) itunes in general.


First, if you have latest iTunes 11.0.1, switch Sidebar on.

iTunes > View > Show Sidebar.

Select LIBRARY > Tones in Sidebar (top, left) drag and drop tones from Finder to the right panel.

You can also use iTunes File > Add to Library... (command + o)


Maybe the files I'm using aren't any good? They're under the duration (i.e. time limit) that I've seen posted as a maximum in other threads. The files I'm trying to import are all between 3 and 4 seconds long.


Yes, maybe the tones are corrupted.


I'll show you a simple step by step way to make ringtone using only Mac's iTunes.

First off, check iTunes > Preferences...> General > Import Settings >

Import Using: AAC Encoder

Setting: iTunes Plus

1. Select a title (.mp3 or .m4a) in your iTunes Library

2. Do File > Get Info on selected title (Windows do Edit > Get Info)

3. In the dialog choose Options tab

4. Set Start Time and End Time (no more than 35 secs otherwise won't work)

5. Close dialog.

6. Now control click the title (right click) and choose Create AAC Version

7. When it is done, drag the newly create title to the desktop.

8. Delete the newly create title in iTunes. <- This is important

9. Rename the title on your desktop from ringtone.m4a to ringtone.m4r

10. Drag and drop it into iTunes


Now you have a ringtone.


Make sure it is selected in iTunes for syncing with your new iPhone.

Feb 7, 2013 10:41 PM

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Feb 7, 2013 11:15 PM in response to ckuan In response to ckuan

Thanks Ckuan, for your time.


I was able to convert to m4r via m4a via AAC encoding of mp3 ringtones, but I'm still not able to import these m4r tunes (I've tried various files from the 'net -- can they all be bad?) into my Tones folder or even into any other folder on Itunes (I'm using 11.0.1).


When I drag (or add via the command-o option) there's a little flash and I can't read it because it's too quick but it says something about "gapless" and then nothing and I have no files added! Strange.


UPDATE: OK, sorry -- I didn't read your instructions carefully enough -- or rather, I didn't follow them carefully enough because you wrote this:


7. When it is done, drag the newly create title to the desktop.

8. Delete the newly create title in iTunes. <- This is important

9. Rename the title on your desktop from ringtone.m4a to ringtone.m4r


And I neglected to do no. 8. Now that I have done so, I'm able to add m4r's to my Tones folder.


And although those original files I wanted to import do not import (They had some very cool old French, German, and other European ring tones), I believe if I follow your procedure for AAC Encoding of mp3 files, I will able to add them, eventually.


Thanks very much for your time on this 🙂

Feb 7, 2013 11:15 PM

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