Although ringtones are available for purchase using the iTunes Store on an iPhone, previously purchased music can be converted into custom ringtones and purchased on your PC in iTunes 9.2.1 and earlier. ITunes works the same in Vista as it does in other Windows operating systems, but may require a few adjustments when attempting to access your device.
Connect the iPhone to your PC. Plug the wide, flat end of the USB cable into the iPhone and the other end of the cable into an available USB slot on your computer. For Windows Vista, wait for your computer to detect the device, then click "Start," "All Programs," "Apple" and "iTunes."
Access your music library. Click the "Music" tab under the "Library" section, and highlight the song you wish to change into a ringtone by clicking it once. Right-click the song and click "Create Ringtone" from the menu. Click and hold the audio bars to adjust the ringtone length and audio position.
Preview the ringtone. Click the "Preview" button and click "Buy" when you are ready to purchase the clip. Sign into your iTunes account by entering your Apple ID and password. Click "Buy" once more to complete the transaction.
Access iTunes. Click the name of your iPhone under the "Devices" tab, followed by clicking the "Ringtones" tab at the top of the iTunes window. Check the box next to "Sync ringtones" and click the "Apply" button. The ringtone will now be on both your PC and your iPhone.
- Apple removed the ability to create ringtones in iTunes 10.
- "IPhone for Dummies;" Edward C. Baig and Bob LeVitus; 2009
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