Apple: How to create custom iPhone 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,” Apple’s support article #307108 states.

Here’s what you need:
• GarageBand 4.1.1 or later
• iTunes 7.5 or later
• iPhone with software version 1.1.2 or later

To create a custom ringtone:
1. Set up a cycle region that covers the area you wish to use in the GarageBand song. Note: This area must be 40 seconds or less in length.
2. Once the cycle area has been set, choose Share > Send Ringtone to iTunes.

More info here.

MacDailyNews Note: We just tested this with an MP3 and it worked to create a new free ringtone in iTunes that syncs and works with our iPhones.


  1. “My ringtone is now an excerpt from the beginning of Tubular Bells.”

    I think that might make more sense on a Virgin Mobile.

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  2. Here’s my theory about the on-again, off-again saga of iPhone ringtones lockdown:

    1. Contract-holders Universal Music and Warner Music lobby strongly to prevent unauthorized ringtones, so that they can be sold and generate more revenue.

    2. Apple attempts to negotiate, but eventually complies.

    3. When their contracts run out, Universal and then Warner decide not to renew and switch to the “we’ll supply you with our songs month-to-month” basis that, to my knowledge, they currently have with the iTunes Store.

    4. Steve Jobs goes to the remaining contract-holding labels Sony/BMG and his DRM-dismissing buds at EMI, and says “Can we ditch the prohibition on ringtones?” They say okay.

    5. Unauthorized ringtones are enabled on the iPhone.

    6. Universal and Warner complain to Apple that they are violating their contract, until they are reminded that they declined to renew it.

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