If you’re anything like us, then those options don’t suit you. These two options don’t provide the smooth and personalized iPhone experience which Apple promises.
There have been lots of methods explaining how to get “free ringtones” on your iPhone circulating the internet. Here are some of the more difficult/unnecessary methods:
[note: scroll to the red text for simple instructions on how to get free ringtones on your iPhone/iPhone 3G]
- SSH/File Transfer: Drop any mp3, aac, m4a, or m4r file into the iPhone’s /Library/Ringtones directory.
- Sendsong: Pick any song from your iPod and move it into the ringtones section. Install with AppTapp.
Don’t require Jailbreak
- Manually place AAC files into the correct iTunes Ringtones folder. Works with purchased songs which have been properly converted to .aac format.
- Properly convert songs to .m4r format and drop them into the iTunes Ringtones folder. Note: Does not work with iTunes purchased songs since they are DRM protected.
Require 3rd Party Software
- iPhoneRingToneMaker – (Windows: $7.50) – Edit and transfer any song to your iPhone for ringtone usage [link]
- iToner – (Mac: $15) – Copies ringtones to your iPhone [link]
- GarageBand (MAC, Part of iLife $79) [thanks bud]
Before you start looking into the above 6 methods, read on: there’s something much better and much easier.
So, what’s the best way to get free iPhone ringtones?
Audiko is an amazing service. It allows you to upload any song, cut up to 40 seconds of it, and put it right into your iTunes Ringtones folder for quick and easy syncing.
And best of all, it’s all free and doesn’t require registration!
Here’s a step-by-step how to:
- Go to www.audiko.net
- Search for a song/artist
- Choose an appropriate search result
- Click “Download Ringtone For iPhone”
- Save the file to a folder of choice (just make sure you’re gonna keep the files in that folder)
- Open iTunes
- Double click the file
- The file will automatically go into your iTunes “Ringtones” folder
- Sync your iPhone and Ta Da! The ringtone is in your iPhone’s Settings >> Sounds >> Ringtones menu.
Audiko also allows you to upload a song and cut any part of it (up to 40 seconds).
You can also enter the URL for any YouTube video and Audiko automatically extracts the sound. Just like when uploading a song, you can cut any part of the audio.
Adding the songs to your iTunes and then syncing to your iPhone is incredibly straight forward and simple. No more SSH, no more jailbreaking, and no more useless utilities.
Audiko is the go to spot for free iPhone ringtones.
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If you like try another method for creating ringtones: Free ringtones! Get your free iPhone ringtones (on iTunes 8)!