September 21, 2012
As you may know, today is the official iPhone 5 release day and yes, I’m one of those dorks that got up in the middle of the night and waited in line to get my hands on the phone early, deal with it. In honor of the new device (which I’m completely loving, by the way, iOS6 Maps aside), I’ve made a mix of 18 tracks that make great ringtones, which you can download below for your own shiny new iPhone 5 (or your old, outdated iPhone 4S).
What makes a great ringtone track you say? Well, usually I gravitate towards upbeat songs with an ultra-catchy intro (although sometimes I prefer to use another part of the song, as I’ve noted below). To make it super-easy for you, I’ve included a tutorial on how to turn MP3s into Ringtones using just iTunes. Download the mix below and see the tutorial after the jump.
MP3 Phoenix – Consolation Prizes (intro)
MP3 M83 – Midnight City (intro)
MP3 Frank Ocean – Pyramids (begin at 1:12 when the electro synths come in)
MP3 New Order – Age of Consent (intro)
MP3 Jens Lekman – A Sweet Summer’s Night On Hammer Hill (intro)
MP3 Cut Copy – Feel The Love (intro)
MP3 Feist – Mushaboom (begin at chorus)
MP3 Cat Stevens – Here Comes By Baby (intro)
MP3 Kanye West – All Of The Lights (intro)
MP3 Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up (intro)
MP3 Beach House – Lazuli (begin at the “oh ohs” at :34)
MP3 Hot Chip – Boy From School (intro)
MP3 David Bowie – Sound and Vision (intro)
MP3 The Knife – Heartbeats (begin at drum fill at :42)
MP3 The Cure – In Between Days (intro)
MP3 M.I.A. – Bad Girls (intro or “chain hits my chest”)
MP3 Iggy & The Stooges – Search and Destroy (intro)
MP3 Daft Punk – Digital Love (begin at keyboard solo at 3:32)
Leave your favorite ringtone songs in the comments!
Here’s how you can easily make free iPhone ringtones using iTunes:
1. Right click on your selected track and select “Get Info”.
2. Go to the “Options” tab and go down to the “Start Time” and “Stop Time” checkboxes. Check both boxes and input the time you want your ringtone to start & stop. This has to be 30 seconds or less. You can add decimals if you want to get real precise with it. Click “OK” when you’re done.
3. Right click on the song and select “Create AAC Version” (if it says “Create MP3 Version” or something else you have to change this in the “Import Settings” in your Preferences). The version you create will use your new start and stop times.
4. After the song is done encoding, drag it to your desktop and change the extension from “.m4a” to “.m4r”.
5. Drag the ringtone to your Tunes Library (it will show up in the Ringtones section) and sync your phone. You did it!