Apple & AT&T haven't been so kind to allow us to customize the iPhone with Ringtones. They aren't even available for sale -- yet. Up until this week it required a 21 step hack to install custom ringtones onto your brand new iPhone. Luckily, an enterprising young company EFIKO have come up with a an almost perfect solution. I say almost perfect, with one exception - currently the application only runs on MS Windows. Now luckily for many iPhone users, they also have access to Microsoft Windows via Bootcamp or Parallels. If you want a super easy & safe way to add your favorite song, sound effect, or audio file to your iPhone, Read on.
How it works:Once you have the latest iTunes and Windows XP, Vista, or 2000 running you can launch the iPhone RingtoneMaker. Once you launch the application, you are greeted with an easy to understand interface. Your options are 'Get Music File', 'Tips', 'Settings' or 'Register'.
You are allowed to make three custom ringtones before registering. This is very fair, and give you ample opportunity to see how you like the software and verify that it works with your iPhone.To start making your first custom ringtone, simply click on the 'My Music Folder' or 'Browse Computer' link. Then simply navigate to the audio file you want to use. iPhone RingToneMaker supports MP3, WAV, and OGG formats. Once you select the file, it brings up the audio editing screen. Don't be intimidated by the sound of that. This is not intimidating at all, since it simply consists of two sliders to home in on the section you want to use as your ringtone. You can use the ADVANCED interface which has the sliders and also an option to select the 'Start' and 'End' times precise to the hundredths of a second with this method. Additionally, it also allows you toggle the Fade In/Fade Out, and add some basic effects. With each modification you can simply click the 'Preview' button to see how your ringtone will sound. Once it's to your liking, click the 'Create Ringtone' button. During this process it takes your music file and creates a new one perfectly sized to fit on your iPhone with just the snippit you selected. Then it presents you with the 'Send Ringtone to iPhone' option and you simply click this button (while you iPhone is connected) and it places the new Ringtone into your iPhone list. It all happens so quickly, you wonder if it really worked. After it adds the Ringtone it tells you to power down your iPhone. Once you have restarted it, you will find your brand new ringtone in the 'Sounds' option of your iPhone.