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Creating custom ringtones in GarageBand

updated 10:35 am EST, Fri December 14, 2007

Creating custom ringtones

Apple today released an informational note about creating custom ringtones in GarageBand 4.1.1. "With GarageBand 4.1.1 you can export your original song, your original audio recordings, or use Apple Loops and iLife jingles to create a custom ringtone for your iPhone," the company says. Users need GarageBand 4.1.1, iTunes 7.5 or later, and an iPhone with firmware version 1.1.2 or later. The process involves setting up a cycle region that covers the desired area of a song to use in a GarageBand song, which must be 40 seconds or less in length.

Once the cycle area is set, users simply choose the 'Send Ringtone to iTunes' menu item under the 'Share' menu.


In the event that issues arise creating or syncing ringtones, Apple offers two suggestions to repair the issue:

  • If the 'Send Ringtone to iTunes' menu item in GarageBand is dimmed, users must check to ensure they are running iTunes 7.5 or later. Users running earlier versions must upgrade using the Software Update feature under Mac OS X.
  • If an error message indicates that the ringtone was not copied when the iPhone was synced, ensure that the iPhone has firmware version 1.1.2 or later.

Apple also provides information for users to create custom ringtones for third-party phones.

by MacNN Staff



  1. jmelrose

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Thank you

    This was kinda an expected feature in iLife 08. Glad it has finally made it to reality!

  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Thank You 2

    This is a nice feature, and will be fun to work with.

  1. jmelrose

    Joined: Dec 1969



    and, no offense to Ambrosia but I'm kinda regretting paying for iToner now...

  1. beez1717

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This means that I could use ANY song for my ringtone!

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