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Creating iPhone Ringtones From Your iTunes Music Library

Creating iPhone Ringtones From Your iTunes Music Library

With the Sept. 2010 release of iTunes 10, Apple removed the ability to create custom ringtones from iTunes. This article applies only to versions earlier than 10. Ringtones may still be purchased via iOS apps at the App Store or made in audio editing programs.

There are two ways to discover what songs in your iTunes library are eligible to turned into ringtones: through the Purchased list and through your music library.

While only songs bought from the iTunes Store can be turned into ringtones, you may not always want to use your Purchased list. For instance, your Purchased list may be incomplete or may have been deleted. For this reason, and because I’m not aware of an automated way to discover and add purchased music back to that playlist, I strongly recommend using your iTunes library in whole as the starting point for ringtones.

In this case, you want to use your main iTunes music library by checking what songs can be made into ringtones by enabling the Ringtone column. Here how to find out which ones are eligible.

iPhone 5 tops Samsung Galaxy Note 2 as best gaming device

iPhone 5 tops Samsung Galaxy Note 2 as best gaming device

The Apple iPhone 5, in spite of its smaller display, offers a more enjoyable gaming experience than that on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, users claimed Wednesday, Dec. 26.

In an earlier report, gamers championed the Note 2’s 5.5 inch display, noting that it boasts sharper colors and superior brightness, as well as more gaming real estate.

“The Note 2 is bigger, and just as fast as the iPhone,” an Indiana gamer said. “But, look at it this way: the Retina display has yet to be reckoned with.”

Users are also countering a claim that the iOS App Store will soon be engulfed by the Google Play Store, which already offers more games.

In testing the validity of that claim, gamers found that the Note 2 may be just another Android device swimming in a sea of under developed, untested and unreliable applications that comprise the Play Store. For iPhone 5 users, there’s no reason to tinker with unfinished or unpolished apps.

Apple continues to be extremely careful about which apps and games it allows in the App Store. Google remains a bit lax, allowing a range of games some still in testing stages in the Play Store, making the ecosystem a bit more attractive for developers.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 5’s 4 inch display, Apple’s largest yet, packs 1136 x 640 pixel resolution, which translates into 326 pixels per inch (ppi). Its multi touch function is almost flawless, while the brightness and contrast are nothing short of stellar.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2’s 720 p Super AMOLED screen is brilliant, sharp and bigger. In certain applications, it appears slightly grainy and dull. But, that hasn’t stopped some industry experts from ranking the Note 2 the No. 1 smartphone on the market, with the iPhone 5 holding the No. 2 spot.

These rankings may be a bit skewed, however.

In comparing the handsets, the Note 2 is packed with all the Samsung and Android bells and whistles: Jelly Bean, widgets, S Pen, TouchWiz Premium Suite and S Beam, to name a few. The iPhone 5 basks in iOS simplicity.

4 Common Problems with iPhone Music Streaming Apps

4 Common Problems with iPhone Music Streaming Apps

The iPhone’s App Store features dozens of awesome music and sound streaming apps which make the device a much more useful and fun personal audio player. There’s Pandora, the legendary Internet radio app that learns what the listener likes to hear, Stitcher, which is by far the best podcasting app available, and Rhapsody, which is the first (and best) subscription music service available for iPhone owners.

Unfortunately, while these apps improve the iPhone user experience, they don’t always work perfectly. Music streaming apps on the iPhone are susceptible to a number of bugs which can crash the phone or the app itself.

Audio Dropouts When Changing Screens. The multitasking ability of the iPhone is fairly new, and some app developers haven’t really wrapped their code around it yet. If something goes wrong, audio can suddenly drop out this usually happens when you’re changing screens or when you hit the “Home” button.

Restarting the iPhone will usually fix this problem. It’s also a good idea to make sure that only one music streaming app is running at a time. To bring up a list of programs running on an iPhone, go to the Home screen and tap the “Home” button twice. The new bar on the bottom of the screen shows running apps. Close any that you aren’t using by holding your finger on them until a little red minus sign appears.

Crashing When Switching Songs. This is a bit more severe than a simple audio dropout. Crashes generally happen when a program tries to do something impossible, and on the iPhone, that typically means that the app is trying to use a resource or file that’s already in use.

Again, restarting the iPhone is the best way to fix this problem, especially if the app was recently installed. You can also try deleting and reinstalling the app. To do this, find the app on your iPhone and hold down the icon until a red X appears, then press the X to delete it. You can then reinstall it with the App Store, and you won’t have to pay twice.

The App Won’t Start Properly. This usually doesn’t happen unless the audio streaming app is very big or very new (or both). Make sure you’ve got the latest version of the app installed and make sure that you restart your iPhone before using it.

By the way, are you seeing a pattern here? 90% of iPhone problems can be fixed by restarting the phone, which is as simple as holding down the top button for a few seconds. When in doubt, always try restarting.

The App Suddenly Crashes For No Apparent Reason . Some apps just seem to crash, and this can be annoying when you’re using a music streaming app, because you’ll lose your place in whatever you’re listening to.

Try restarting, of course, and closing other apps that stream music on the iPhone. If that doesn’t work, make sure that your iPhone’s software is up to date and check to see whether the app’s developer knows that there’s a bug. All apps are going to occasionally have a few problems, so don’t get too upset, but make sure to tell the developer that you need an updated version of the app, either by contacting them directly or leaving a review on the App Store.

Know of any other common problems with streaming audio apps for the iPhone? Post your thoughts and tips below.

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