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iPhone Custom Ringtone Not Showing Up, iPhone 4 Ringtone Not Working

I finally got an iPhone 4 and decided to create some custom ringtones to try out on it. The first one that I created, using the method we documented in this previous article, is the sound of a dial-up modem connection. After creating the ringtone by converting an MP3 file to an m4a and then renaming then m4a to m4r I attempted to sync the iPhone to iTunes to copy over the new custom ringtone however it was not available in the Ringtone Sounds configuration section on the iPhone 4. After troubleshooting I finally figured out a solution which is documented below.

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Convert .WMV Files Made From .WRF/.ARF WebEx Presentations To MP4 To Sync To iTunes

We previously published an article on how to convert .WRF and .ARF files generated from WebEx presentations to .WMV format to be viewed without requiring the WebEx Player. Since many people have iPhone’s, iPod Touch’s, and use Mac’s running OSX it makes sense to follow up on that article and show how to take the .WMV files to .MP4 format so it can be synced to your iPhone or iPod Touch or simply played in QuickTime on your Macintosh computer. Follow the directions below to convert the WMV file, which was generated from a WRF/ARF file in this article, to MP4 format.

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Clean Macintosh iTunes Library By Batch Removing Dead Tracks

A friend asked me to help him clean up his iTunes library on his iMac the other night so I asked him to bring it by. When he did I realized what had happened which is he had moved the location of his iTunes folder from his computer to an external drive. After moving the folder he imported all of his music again which caused iTunes to think his 8,000 MP3’s had become 16,000 MP3’s. Half of the tracks had red exclamation points by them because iTunes had information about them but could no longer locate the file since he had moved all of the music to a new folder in a different location. I found an easy solution to resolve this problem on a Mac which I describe in detail below.

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Make iTunes Song Files Imported From CD’s Smaller In Size Without Having To Import Again

A friend of mine called yesterday asking if there was a way to make his iTunes music files that he had imported from his CD collection smaller. I was pretty sure this was possible but didn’t remember the exact method to accomplish this so I told him I would call him back. I was able to figure out an easy method to convert files located in your iTunes library to make them smaller in size both by modifying the type of file and the bitrate of the music itself. Below I describe how to convert music files already imported into iTunes to a smaller size to conserve space either on your computer or on your iPhone or iPod Touch.