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Practical Guide: how to turn iTunes song into an iPhone ringtone

Creating a ringtone for iPhone is not difficult, but requires some manual skills and knowledge of some Mac applications. To help all those who want to try it on their own to make a personalized ringtone, our reader Marco Vigilante has sent us an interesting and useful tutorial. already published on his blog.

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We launch Garage BandWe launch Garage Band and choose the create new project command: we assign the desired name even if advisable to include the name in the project title that will allow us to easily identify and remember the new ringtone.

We import any song from iTunesIn the new window that opens in Garage Band we press the button in the lower right corner to open the media browser. We choose iTunes as the source and then we search for the song we want to turn into an iPhone ringtone. To start working, select the song, hold down the mouse button and drag the file into the main Garage Band window. If at the bottom of the Garage Band window the Track Editor window is not visible, we press once the button with the scissors and the tracks drawn, it is located at the bottom left, right next to the button with the "+" sign.

We create the ringtone for iPhoneWe listen to the song and take note of the piece that we want to turn into a ringtone. In the lower LCD-style screen we can change the unit of measurement and switch from beats to more practical seconds: an iPhone ringtone must be at most 30-40 seconds long.

Once the start and end points have been established, we highlight the entire sequence to be used. To do this within the Track Editor window, position the pointer at the beginning of the sequence, press and hold down the mouse button and drag the selection to the end point of our ringtone. Finally, to store the desired sequence in the clipboard, we press the Command key (Apple) and the X key. At this point we can eliminate the residual audio clips that do not interest us, selecting the tracks as just described. When we have cleared the work area, we position the mouse pointer at the very beginning at the zero track and glue with Command (Apple) plus the V key.

Final touchesNow we can make the finishing touches, such as better positioning the beginning of the track, applying the final fade (with the Track menu and then the Fade out command) or, more suitable for a ringtone, apply the infinite loop. To do this, simply press the repeat button, identical to that used in the iPods and iTunes that we find at the bottom, in the center, right next to the small LCD-style screen. When we press this button at the top in the Garage Band a new yellow selector appears: moving the mouse pointer over it we can move the yellow selector left and right to highlight the part of the song that we want to be repeated continuously in our ringtone.

Those who simply want to use the 30-40 seconds audio clip as they are, must set the end of the track. To do this we use the scroll bar in the upper window of Garage Band to quickly scroll to the end of the song. At the visible end a small arrow-shaped cursor, positioned at the top. To set the end of the track, move the cursor with the mouse to the point where we want to stop playback.

New ringtone ready for use with iPhoneAt this point you just need to choose the Share menu, finally select the Send Ringtone to iTunes command. Our new ringtone will be imported into iTunes and appear in a few moments in the list of available ringtones. When we connect iPhone for synchronization, the newly created ringtone is automatically transferred to the Smartphone's memory. To activate it as the main ringtone in iPhone, choose Settings, Sounds and finally the Ringtone menu. Finally, remember that iPhone allows you to associate a different ringtone for each of our stored contacts. To do this, simply go to Contacts, choose Edit and speak under Ringtone.