Use a song as a ringtone for the iPhone

April 6, 2009

NOTE: This is the my more detailed explanation of the process. If you’re looking for the quicker tutorial, from which this post was inspired. go here:

I wanted a way to use a song as a ringtone on my iPhone, and I didn’t want to pay for the priviledge. There is the option to download, for a fee, a song from the iTunes store, and pay another small fee to use it as a ringtone.

I don’t like spending money if I don’t have to, especially when it’s so easy to use one of your existing songs as a ringtone in about 30 seconds, once you get the hang of it and do it enough times. Here’s how.

1. First, find the song you want to set as a ringtone, and watching the playback timer, find the 30 seconds of the song you wish to use for the ringtone. i.e.: If a song is 3:38 in duration, maybe you only want from 0:23 – 0:53.


2. Left-click the song you want as a ringtone to select it. Right-click it, and choose ‘Get Info’.


3. On the ‘Options’ tab, put a checkmark in each box beside ‘start time’ and ‘stop time’, and enter those 30 seconds mentioned earlier, and click ‘ok’.


4. Right click the song again, and choose ‘create AAC version’. The new AAC version of the song will appear directly below the original song, and will be 0:30 long.


5. Right click the AAC version of the song, and left click ‘copy’. Right click and choose ‘paste’ in whichever folder on your computer you want to keep a copy of your ringtones.


6. Right click on the AAC song you just pasted into your ringtones folder, and left click ‘rename’. Change the extension to “.m4r”, and press enter to make the changes.


7. You will get a prompt confirming you want to change the file, click ‘yes.


8. Back in iTunes, Right click the original AAC version of the song you copy&pasted, and choose ‘delete’.




9. Right click the original song, and choose ‘Get Info’.


10. Go to the ‘options’ tab, and uncheck those two boxes beside ‘start time’ and ‘stop time’, or every time you play that song from now on, it’ll only play those 30 seconds. Obviously, you don’t want that. Then click ‘ok’.

11. Go back to your ringtones folder outside of iTunes, and double left-click that “.m4r” file. It will automatically open in iTunes and be shown as a new ringtone.

12. Now, all you have to do in sync your iPhone with your computer. To use the new song as a ringtone on your iPhone, under ‘settings’, and ‘sounds’, and ‘ringtone’, choose your new ringtone, so your iPhone will begin using it. (as shown below)

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Best Bit Rate to Rip or Encode CDs or DVDs

July 29, 2008

According to Tech Guy Labs….

“Apple’s AAC is better than MP3, [but comes down to personal preference.]

Start at 128kbps. But go at least 160kbps, even with AAC. Makes a significant difference, but only takes up 25% more space. Patrick Norton [of Revision3] says that 320kbps is the max you can encode and hear a difference, . Leo says you can’t really hear any difference above 192. But Leo is older than Patrick.

Use Variable Bit Rate encoding (VBR) will waste less space and is an option in iTunes.”

Dubbing VHS tapes to DVD

May 16, 2007

a combo VHS-DVD Recorder is a good way to go. Absolutely – that’s the best way to do many tapes. I like the Panasonic recorders.


Transferring video from an analog camcorder to the computer

March 4, 2007

You can get an external box like the Moviebox, or you can get an internal TV tuner like Hauppage[]. Another choice would be to get a DV camera with something called analog passthrough.


Can’t delete empty podcast folders in iTunes

March 3, 2007

The thing to do is to go to the podcasts section and delete the podcast itself. The folders are there because you are subscribed to the podcast.


DVD playback problems

January 11, 2007

There are 3 different problems. It sounds like, if it’s not playing correctly, it’s not being correctly formatted to be a standard DVD. Maybe the frame rate isn’t the correct value and such. Your program isn’t doing what it’s supposed to do. Take a look at

It’s impossible to burn DVD’s on a PC that every player can play. Some older ones could only read -R’s, some only +R’s and some couldn’t play any recorded ones at all. A lot of them can’t play discs that aren’t Finalized correctly by the PC burner and lots of burners don’t finalize correctly. You can download DVDInfoPro and check his discs, if they look OK then he should go to and check the capability of his players. If his discs are correct he may have to upgrade to newer players.


Any Way to Edit Content on CD or DVD After Disc is Finalized?

January 11, 2007

Once you finalize the disc in your DVD camcorder you can no longer record on it, so be prepared to bring several discs. You’ll also have to make a copy of the disc before you give it away. It’s a standard DVD so you can rip it with any DVD ripping software. To edit the resulting VOB files you’ll either need a video editor that understands VOBs (like MPEG Video Editor or AVS), or a converter to convert the VOB into an MPG file (AVS makes these as well).