Update on How to Add Ringtones to the iPhone

In an earlier post I talked about how you can add ringtones to your iPhone.  Today I discovered while working on creating ringtones for my newest song, Angeline the Baker, that somewhere along the line, probably in iTunes 12, Apple removed the ability to manage ringtones easily in iTunes.  There is no more Ringtones or Tones option or icon available in iTunes.  Looks like a control-freak issue on Apple’s part.  As you can see in the screen shot below of iTunes 12.7.x, the “tone” options and icon have vanished.

However, all is not lost.  I did a little research on the issue and I discovered that it is still possible to put custom ringtones on your iPhone, you just have to do it manually.  To put ringtones on your iPhone it’s a matter of dragging and dropping the ringtone file from your computer onto your iPhone while it is connected to iTunes.  If you connect your phone to iTunes (connect it via the lightning cable) and click on the iPhone icon you will see a list like this.  And if you have existing tones on the phone there will still be a Tones icon.

To add new custom ringtones to your iPhone you must first select the option “Manually manage music and videos”.  Once you have selected this, click on the Tones icon and simply drag and drop your ringtones onto your phone.  They should appear in the tones list on your phone immediately.

Ringtones for iPhones

I added a couple of new ringtones to my music store page.  Now you can rock your phone with ringtones from Nacho Mama or the Sunflower Waltz and make all your friends ask where you got such cool ringtones.

My ringtones are available in the iTunes ringtone format with an .m4r filename extension.  After you purchase a ringtone and download it, next you will have to send it to iTunes. Just open iTunes and drag and drop your ringtone into iTunes and the ringtone will appear under iTunes’ Tones heading in the Library pane.

Sync your iPhone to your Mac or PC and the ringtone will be copied to your phone.

To use the file as a ringtone, on the iPhone tap Settings > Sounds > Ringtone. You’ll find it in the list of ringtones. Tap it, and it will be the sound your phone plays when a call comes in. Of course you needn’t use it only for ringtones: On the iPhone you can choose it as an alert sound as well.

And, be sure to tell people where you got the ringtone.  🙂

Nacho Mama

Samsung Making Parts for Apple

So now there’s going to be Samsung AP chips in iOS devices?  The Korea Times is reporting that Apple selected Samsung over TSMC.  How ironic after the global patent infringement wars that have gone on between Apple and Samsung.

Samsung Electronics agreed with Apple to produce application processors (APs) from next year for iPhones and iPads, sources said Monday.

Samsung has indicated that it will produce some sample 14 nm chips for an unidentified customer and they plan to produce the production quantities of the AP chips beginning next year. The Korean Times report says Samsung will start manufacturing the chips early next year in its South Korean plant and  plans to expand production to the Samsung’s Austin, Texas facility and a Global Foundries New York plant in the coming year.