Ever since I got an iPhone, I've been badly missing having my favorite songs as ringtones. So recently, when I googled 'custom ringtones iphone' and found an Apple article describing how I could have a custom ringtone on my iPhone, I was very excited.
I tried it out. Dragged my song from iTunes and dropped it in Garage Band. Selected a 40 second portion, clicked the 'cycle' button and clicked on Share->Export as ringtone to iTunes. Voila! I had a new ringtone in iTunes.
I then synced my iPhone using iTunes. As expected, the ringtone got copied over and I could choose the ringtone in the Sounds section of Settings on my iPhone.
The next time I got a call however, I was appalled. The audio quality was so bad, it was embarassing. I quickly took the call before too many people around me could realize the sound was coming from my iPhone!
I quickly changed my ringtone back to the default 'Old Phone' ringtone.
When I got home I decided to dig a little deeper. Was something wrong with my iPhone speaker? I played some songs from my playlists. They sounded just fine. I played the ringtone in Garage Band. That sounded good too. Even in iTunes, the ringtone sounded good. Only when I sent it over to the iPhone the sound was bad.
I was disappointed.
I then googled around for this and finally found this article that claimed to have a solution for this very problem. I got excited again.
I knew the procedure described in the rest of the article. But steps thirteen and fourteen looked like the solution to my problem.
I reopened my Garage Band project that had the ringtone and did those steps - basically filtering out sounds below a certain frequency which was supposed to take care of the distortions in the ringtone.
I played the tone in Garage Band. Sounded fine. Exported to iTunes. Played it there. Sounded fine. Ok, I said, here goes and synced the iPhone. Played it in iPhone by selecting it in the Settings.
Yuck! As bad as before.
This was a huge disappointment.
What is the point in having a ringtone that sounds so bad? And it beats me about why a ringtone sounds so bad when the original song I've taken the ringtone from plays so well on the iPhone.