Adding ringtones to your iPhone

You’d think that with thousands of songs on your iPhone, making a ringtone out of one of them would be simple. Yes? No.

Found a post that almost explained it all here – but it didn’t quite work for me. I didn’t have an option to convert to AAC! Then I found another post here that helped me figure out why.

So here’s the trick:

  1. Go to your Import Settings in iTunes (they are in different places depending on Mac or PC). If it’s not already, set it to import files as AAC.
  2. Locate the track you want to use in iTunes. Many songs start out a little quiet – which is no good for a ringtone – so play the track and write down the times where the ringtone should start and finish.
  3. Right-click the track and click Get Info. On the Options tab mark the start time and then end time for your ringtone. Click OK.
  4. Right-click the track again and choose Create AAC Version. (This won’t be there if your import settings are set to MP3.) This will create a new track based on the times you have entered, in the same folder as the other track.
  5. Right-click the track again and choose Show in Finder (Or Show in Explorer).
  6. Locate the new file and change the filename so it ends in .m4r instead of .m4a
  7. Double-click that file and iTunes should then import it as a ringtone, not a normal track.
  8. Go to the settings in your iPhone and the new ringtone should t=be there under the Custom heading (after you have synced it of course!)

Phew! But it saves buying ringtones for songs you already own!

Telstra Offers iPhone

If there aren’t already enough iPhone posts running around the blogosphere already, I thought I’d add my own.

Hooray! Australia gets the new 3G iPhone!

Bummer… only Optus and Vodaphone announced they’d carry it. Which is no good for those of us not living in a capital city – as Telstra is the only carrier that really offers decent coverage. Sure, the others are represented, but their coverage just isn’t the same as Telstra’s.

So any chance I had of possibly getting an iPhone hinged upon an announcement from Telstra.

And today I discover some good news!

Of course, we don’t know pricing yet, but the normal thing to happen in Australia is for carriers to subsidise the initial cost of the phone in exchange for a contract (typically 24 months).

So as long as the plan isn’t ridiculously expensive, roll on Jull 11! Fingers crossed!

Jailbreaking an iPod Touch

I had heard about “Jailbreaking” an iPod Touch but until recently had no particular reason to do it. Until I found MobileScrobbler – and little application that runs on your iPod Touch (or iPhone) and sends info about the songs you listen to to (More about that in a different post – but it’s the source of the song list to the right of your screen.)

But needless to say, I had a reason.

Sure, Apple have released an SDK which means in June you’ll be able to download Apple-sanctioned third party software. But I’m not known for my patience!

So anyway – my first attempt didn’t go very well. I got this BSD error message hat just kept appearing on screen.

After doing some digging on how to restore the iPod Touch I found out that the Jailbreak didn’t actually work for my 16 GB Touch with 1.1.4 installed.

Until this post (and video) show you how to do it!

So now I have MobileScrobbler updating my profile via WiFi – regardless of how often I sync the iPod back up.

Yeah, it’s geeky, but it’s cool.

What’s all this about then?

Everything “cool” these days seems to be prefixed with an “i”.

So what does someone who’s been using Windows since version 3.1 make of all this?

As they saying goes: if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!

I purchased my first iPod – a Nano –  back in October 2005, and fell in love. I have since added a Touch and a Shuffle to the lineup. Let me tell you: the Touch has been an experience! More on that later.

As far as the bigger ticket items are concerned, I was fortunate enough to win an iMac at a conference last year (thanks guys!) That was a real bonus – being able to try out a Mac without having for put my hand in my pocket!

It seems that more and more people are switching from PC to Mac – so we all must be having similar issues. Like not being able to maximise a window. And plenty of other stuff. So I thought I’d post some experiences and observations here. Feel free to add yours in the comments too, and maybe together we’ll figure out all these “i” things!