How to Convert an MP3 to an Alarm on the iPod

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You can take virtually any song on your computer and convert it into your own personalized alarm. Convert an MP3 to an alarm on the iPod with help from a celebrated columnist from Nerds on Call in this free video clip.

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Hi. I'm Andrea Eldridge from Nerds On Call at And today we're going to talk about how to take an mp3 file that you have in you iTunes and convert it to a file that's usable for an alarm on your iPod Touch. So, you're going to go in to your iTunes and you're going to select the tune that you want. I find that the easiest way is to actually go in to your search music option and type in the name of the file that you're looking for so that that's all that you actually have in there. So, we're going to select this Michael Buble song, Lazy River. You're going to go ahead and right click once, and select, get info. From here, you're going to select, options and under options you're going to select a start time and a stop time. So, the benefit here is that if there's a certain piece of the song that you want to select, you can start it exactly where you want your alarm file to start. And just make sure that you stop it no more than thirty seconds after it starts. So, just for simplicity, we're going to go ahead and just make it start at the beginning of the track and go for thirty seconds. Click, OK. Now you're going to right click one more time and you're going to select the option to create a AC version. Once that file pops up, you'll see there's a second file now that's named the same but it's thirty seconds long. You're going to select that file, you're going to drag it on to desk top, just to make things a little easier. And you need to change the file ending from m4a, want this to be m4r. So, go back to back here, change that to r. Now you're going to get a pop up message that asks you to confirm that you do in fact want to use m4r, choose, yes. Select that file. We're going to go in here, we're going to delete this version of the file. So, I'm going to go and select this and choose to delete it, remove that one from my iTunes and replace it. Now, you're not going to actually replace it in this search file because this is going to be a different file type. But it doesn't really matter if you drag it over to your general music, with all of your music files. Drop it in here in to your iTunes and then you'll see it shows up in your ring tones now. This is it right here, this Lazy River file we just created. So, now what you want to do is plug in your iPod itself, and sync so that that ring tone is going to show up on your iPod. So, once you've synced your iPod to iTunes library, the ring tone's going to be available to tie to the alarm that you want to attach it to. So, you're going to go to your homepage, select, clock and go ahead and select the alarm that you want to edit, right there. From here, you're going to choose, sound. And you're going to find the ring tone that you just created. It's actually going to be in the top of the list. As you can see, we just created this ring tone with Lazy River. And that's going to tie that music file to the alarm you selected. That's how you create an alarm ring tone from an mp3 file.


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