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  • iOS question

    Posted by Winston A. cely on August 27, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    Sorry folks, I know this forum is for iOS, but my searches on Apple’s help forums are not helpful.

    I used to be able to manage my custom made ringtones easily with iTunes. There was a category for “Tones” and I could add or delete with ease. Then they updated iTunes and took it away, and updated it to Music and it’s even more difficult to do this. Sure I can buy ringtones, or I can replace ones lost via a backup or download from my account, but that’s not what I’m trying to do here.

    I want to archive, by themselves, my ringtones in a folder on my backup hard drive. I can’t even figure out how to get them off my phone. This is really frustrating, and the logic behind getting rid of them still eludes me.

    Plus, when I do searches for this, I get either multiple posts saying how easy it is to put ringtones on your phone (via buying them) or advertisements for software that seems rather dodgy. I mean, if I have to buy other software, that’s bad enough, but I don’t want to get something that’s going to corrupt my phone.

    Any clues that can help me download copies of the ringtones off my phone so that I can archive them on my backup hard drive, would be greatly appreciated.

    Winston A. Cely
    ACTC Media Broadcasting Video Instructor
    Apple Certified Editor FCPX 3

    \”If you can talk brilliantly enough about a subject, you can create the consoling illusion it has been mastered.\” – Stanley Kubrick

    Winston A. cely replied 3 years, 9 months ago 2 Members · 4 Replies
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  • John Rofrano

    August 28, 2020 at 11:43 am

    I don’t have Catalina so I don’t know what the Music app looks like (and now I’m not looking forward to it because I have my own custom ring tone that I created as well)

    Have you looked for them on the filesystem? Is there still an iTunes folder? The ring tones were under:

    iTunes -> iTunes Media -> Tones

    One of the beautiful things about a Mac is that you can install macOS on a thumb drive and boot from it. Just get an older version of macOS (probably an OS X version) that had the iTunes functionality you need and boot off it and backup your ring tones from there.

    I actually have several macOS boot partitions that allow me to go back and use older programs that I need which are no longer supported.

    ~jr

    http://www.johnrofrano.com
    http://www.vasstsoftware.com

  • Winston A. cely

    August 28, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    Thanks for the tips! Could you post a link to the process of making a bootable thumb drive? A quick Google search came back with quite a few links, but there were a number of “it didn’t work” comments at the bottom of them.

    Winston A. Cely
    ACTC Media Broadcasting Video Instructor
    Apple Certified Editor FCPX 3

    \”If you can talk brilliantly enough about a subject, you can create the consoling illusion it has been mastered.\” – Stanley Kubrick

  • John Rofrano

    August 28, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    [Winston A. Cely] “Could you post a link to the process of making a bootable thumb drive?”

    Here is a link to some articles from Other World Computing (OWC) on making a bootable thumb drive installers:

    Bootable macOS Installer

    You will actually need two drives. One for the installer, and one for the target you want to install to. After you make the installer, you boot with that. Then plug in the second thumb drive or any external USB drive and use that as the target drive for the installer. This will install macOS on the second drive which you can then boot from to use.

    ~jr

    http://www.johnrofrano.com
    http://www.vasstsoftware.com

  • Winston A. cely

    August 28, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks again!

    Winston A. Cely
    ACTC Media Broadcasting Video Instructor
    Apple Certified Editor FCPX 3

    \”If you can talk brilliantly enough about a subject, you can create the consoling illusion it has been mastered.\” – Stanley Kubrick

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