For reasons I do not begin to understand, the combination of iTunes 7.5 and the 1.1.2 iPhone once again allow you to add custom ringtones without fussing with property lists and special software. Take any m4a file, thirty-seconds or less (although some report success with tracks up to 40 seconds), rename it to m4r and double-click to add it to iTunes. The file appears in your ringtones and can be synched — I tested this out myself — to your iPhone.
The time limit is actually 40.04 seconds, according to Rogue Amoeba’s Paul Kafasis. I really don’t get any of this: I don’t understand why the iPhone 1.1.2 update isn’t officially out yet, and I don’t understand why Apple has seemingly changed the terms on custom ringtone files again. This ringtone policy change is for the better, though, so I’m not complaining.
★ Monday, 12 November 2007