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I’m Not Sure I Get iTunes

Saturday, December 5th, 2015 by | Filed Under: iOS, Smartphones

Bob has a question about iTunes. “How long will iPhone 4 be around? Not sure if I understand what iTunes is about. I downloaded an app (Zedge ringtones) from iTunes (after setting up an account).First sync the iPhone & computer. I had to download iTunes onto my desktop computer, then transfer the ringtones from the iPhone to the computer. Every ringtone I transferred over to the computer, it would put into a different folder. Now it wants me to transfer the ringtones from the computer back to the iPhone. Seems confusing and a waste of time. Is there a simpler way to do this? New to Apple & iPhone – not sure if I like them or not.v Thanks for your help.”

The iPhone 4 is an older model of iPhone, the current model is the iPhone 6. But I’d expect Apple to support the iPhone 4 for some time yet.


iTunes is an online store where you can purchase music, apps and other material from Apple, and it’s also the name of the program that allows your phone or tablet to communicate with your PC or Mac computer.  You can use it to organize music and videos on your PC and also to do a backup of your iPhone or iPad.

As an Android user, I’m just a little appalled at how much work it is to customize a ringtone on an iPhone. It’s nearly impossible without having to involve your computer. Frankly, for the time and effort it takes, you’re better off just using the ringtones that Apple offers or buying one from the App store on your phone. Just search “ringtones” or the name of a song you’d like to use with “ringtones” after it.

Apple made the decision to make their iPhones simpler by not allowing very many customization options. Trying to fight that can be a lot of work.

~ Cynthia

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3 Responses to “I’m Not Sure I Get iTunes”

  1. Brenda says:

    I agree, I just gave up trying to download a ringtone from any other source other than the iTunes store itself…They should change the name to iIdiot!

  2. Randall L> Stegner says:

    I have had IPhone’s for a long,long time, on my current IPhone 5 I have probably twenty five customized ringtones. As I didn’t like the one’s that came on it and I certainly wasn’t going buy any,there are plenty of howto video’s on YouTube on how you can do this on your own. If you don’t like one video then go on to another till you find one you like and can use. Get you a piece of paper and pen and write down each step on making a customize ringtone. If I can do it then anyone can. :)

  3. Markj says:

    Randall is correct there a plenty of videos on how to do this and when I had an iPhone I made several. However he missed the point of Cynthia’s comment. She didn’t say it was impossible but that it is very complicated and I agree. For a technical person like myself it is ok, but for many people, even with the videos, it could be overwhelming. The other point she was making is that it is very easy with android phones because they can use mp3 files as ringtones, and all you have to do is grab the part you want to use.

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