iRingtones Creates And Adds iPhone Ringtones To iTunes - gHacks Tech News

iRingtones Creates And Adds iPhone Ringtones To iTunes

iRingtones is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices that enables you to create iPhone ringtones from music on the device.

Are you a cell phone owner who pays for ringtones? Are you someone who searched for answers to questions like "how to use iTunes ringtones" or "how to find free iPhone ringtunes" recently?

If you are or did so, you may like the following comfortable optionto create and add ringtones automatically to Apple's iTunes software for use on your iPhone, iPad or other mobile devices.

Note: The iRingtones program has not been updated since 2009. While it still runs fine, you may have troubles location a copy of the required Nero AAC Encoder file. We suggest you use Audacity instead to create ringtones for your iOS devices.


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The first release of iRingtones delivers the functionality. The software program uses the freely available Nero AAC Encoder to convert a standard WAV file into an iPhone compliant M4R ringtone. It will also add the created ringtone automatically to the user's iTunes library, and copy it to the ringtones folder of that library so that it gets synced with iOS devices automatically if that functionality is enabled.

The process requires some manual work in the beginning as the program accepts only wav audio files for input. This means that you either need to have a wav file already, or convert an audio file to the wav format before the creation can commence. You can use a program like the audio editor Audacity for that.

The user needs to add the paths to the Nero AAC Encoder executable and the iTunes library to the portable program upon startup. The program will then check the locations and if they are valid open a file browser to select a wav audio file from the computer system. You may need to download the Nero AAC Encoder if you don't have it already on your system.

That wav file is converted automatically to the m4r ringtone format. It is then copied to the iTunes library, and the ringtone folder of that library.

Closing Words

The process is fine for users who want to create iPhone ringtones every now and then. It could be made more user friendly by adding support for mp3 files, and the creation of multiple ringtones at once. It is - as of now - only possible to select one wav file at a time. Not very handy for users who want to create several ringtones for their iPhone.

The portable software iRingtones is available for download at the Codeplex website. It is compatible with most versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system and requires the Microsoft .net Framework.

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    1. Scionwest said on November 11, 2009 at 7:32 am

      Thanks for the plug, I’ll take a look at making some adjustments and adding the ability to convert more than one ringtone at a time. Sadly the WAV file restriction is due to the Nero Encoder only accepting WAV files, I’ll look into possibly converting mp3’s into wav’s for the users during the conversion process prior to sending it to the Encoder.

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