Tag Archive for 'iTunes'

Blurry pictures in iPhone iOS4 (aka iPhone OS 4.0)

If you have already upgraded your iPhone or iPod Touch to iOS4, you have probably noticed that all your pictures have gone blurry, grainy, look pixelated or have just generally lost quality. Don’t panic, the solution is easy and reasonably quick:

  1. Connect your iPhone or iTouch to your computer via USB.
  2. Launch iTunes and click on your iPhone / iTouch which will be listed under Devices.
  3. Select the Photos tab.
  4. Un-tick the box labelled Sync Photos from …
  5. Important: You are now asked if you want to remove the sync’d photos from your device, select Don’t Remove Photos.
  6. Immediately re-tick the box labelled Sync Photos from …
  7. Now click on the Sync button on the bottom right-hand corner of your iTunes window.

iTunes will now go through the process of optimising your photos for your iOS4 device. This could be a quick or slow process, depending on the number of photos you sync. Basically, the larger the number of photos, the longer the optimisation process will take. When it is finished, hey presto, your photos are displayed in all their glory!

Make your favourite MP3 your ringtone

So you want to use your favourite MP3, or a part of it, as your ringtone? Why pay Vodafone, O2 or anyone else for a second-rate offering? All you need is an Apple computer, iLife (06 or 08) and a mobile phone that supports MP3 ringtones (that rules out the Reliant Robin disguised as a Ferrari, aka iPhone!) to which your computer can send files using bluetooth or USB.

  1. Open iTunes and find the song you want to use, it can be any song and it does not matter if it is an MP3 or AAC file
  2. Launch GarageBand
  3. At the welcome screen select Create New Music Project
  4. Give it a name (e.g. ringtone)
  5. Click create, you will see the default virtual keyboard and a track that is called Grand Piano marked in green
  6. Close the virtual keyboard by clicking on the red X in its top left corner
  7. Select Track from the menu bar and Delete Track to delete the default track
  8. Switch focus to iTunes and simply drag the track from the iTunes window to the GarageBand window
  9. Your tune is shown in an orange bar in the track automatically named the same as the song
  10. If the track is not placed at point zero on the GarageBand ruler, simply drag it to the left until it is
  11. Double-check you have the right song by clicking GarageBand’s play button
  12. Take this opportunity to decide where you want to “cut” the track for your ringtone remembering that most phones divert to voicemail after 10-20 seconds
  13. Click on GarageBand’s ruler on the point at which you want to start your ringtone
  14. Select Edit from the menu bar and Split
  15. Click anywhere in the grey area underneath your track, then click on the orange track to the left of the vertical red line
  16. Select Edit from the menu bar and Delete, this will delete the portion of the song to the left of where you have just split it
  17. Click and drag the remainder of the track all the way back to point zero on the GarageBand ruler
  18. Press the GarageBand play button to decide where you want your ringtone to end and make a note of where that point is on the ruler
  19. Press the GarageBand play button again to stop playback and click in the ruler at the point you made note of above
  20. Select Edit from the menu bar and Split
  21. Click anywhere in the grey area underneath your track, then click on the orange track to the right of the vertical red line
  22. Select Edit from the menu bar and Delete, this will delete the portion of the song to the right of where you have just split it
  23. Select Share from the menu bar and Send Song to iTunes
  24. In the resulting pop-up window ensure that Compress Using is set to MP3 Encoder and click Share

iTunes will automatically take focus and start playing your ringtone. All you need to do now is send or copy your newly made MP3 file to your mobile phone and set it as your ringtone. Please note, you are not legally entitled to distribute your new ringtone to anyone else.