Putting Custom Ringtones on a Moto Q with Mac OS X

Posted by Tejus Parikh on August 25, 2008

Yes, so I’m one of those really lame people that doesn’t have an iPhone. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I finally discovered how to do this somewhat easily.

I usedAudacity to shorten my MP3’s. Like most things open source, it doesn’t really work like a Mac app. You have to copy the entire contents of it’s dmg into a folder, otherwise nothing will work.

Also, you can’t drag-drop into Audacity. Once you get beyond that, it’s pretty easy to trim your MP3 into the correct size.
[caption id=”attachment_154” align=”alignnone” width=”300” caption=”Trim Command”]Trim Command[/caption]

When it comes time to export back out into an mp3, you have to point it to the library for LAME. I installed this through ports.

The next step is using The Missing Sync to put your new ring-tone sized mp3 file onto the Q. Once it’s on the phone, open the file browser and move it to the /ApplicationData/Sounds folder. It will now show up in all ringtone lists.

It’s not hard, but somewhat un-fun to figure out.

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