Wednesday, February 29, 2012

So Much to Feel Good About

     My favorite song right now is "Good Life" by One Republic.  It's a joyful, upbeat song that reminds me to appreciate what I have.  With lyrics like

"...oh, this has gotta be the good life...",

"...please tell me what there is to complain about?...", and

"...we have so much to feel good about...",

it just makes me happy.  Sometimes when the kids are at school and I'm alone in this peaceful house, I'll play this song on my computer, savor my cup of coffee, and smile.  A good life indeed.

Photo-a-Day prompt: "Something You're Listening To"

     I have "Good Life" as the ringtone on my iPhone.  Sometimes when my phone rings I don't want to answer it because I want to hear the song!  A few years ago I discovered a very cool website, Phonezoo, that lets you create a custom ringtone for your mobile phone.  You can create ringtones from any song that you legally own a copy of (i.e., you bought it on iTunes or you own the CD and it's copied onto your computer).             
     If you'd like to create your own ringtone, I would like to share with you a little tutorial to help you do just that:

Custom Ringtone Tutorial

1.  Go to Phonezoo.

2.  Create an account (it's FREE) - there's a green "Sign Up" button at the top of the screen.

3.  Once your account is created and you're signed in, click "Ringtones" then "Create From File

4.  Next, click "Browse" and find the audio file that is on your computer.
If you have iTunes, then you might find the file in your iTunes directory.  This is what the path to my audio file looked like:
c:/Libraries/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers/No More Beautiful World/Hello New Day
In my example, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers is the Artist name, No More Beautiful World is the Album name, and Hello New Day is the song title.

5.  Once you've found the audio file, click "Open" and you'll see this same screen but with your song selected:

6.  Select "yes" if the song has a copyright (I think all songs will be unless it's an original of yours).  Then click "Next".

7.  Phonezoo will upload your song and take you to this Edit Audio screen:

8.  From here, you can follow the directions that are listed on the right side of the screen.  One thing that may not be intuitive is that you can click and drag the part that's highlighted in orange.  That is the piece of the song that will become your ringtone.  You can choose how long the ringtone is (up to 30 seconds) and whether or not you want it to fade in or fade out.
     At any time you can press the orange play button to hear the highlighted selection.

9.  When you're satisfied with your ringtone, click "Save and Send to Phone".

10.  Follow the instructions from Phonezoo from here and you should have successfully created your custom ringtone!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

P.S. I went through this process as I was writing the tutorial so that I could document each step.
Since computers are so different, I'm not sure if there are instances that may come up
that could make these steps not work for some people
(e.g., different operating systems, different mobile phones, etc.)
If you try this tutorial and it works, please let me know.
If you try this tutorial and it doesn't work, please let me know.  Thanks!


  1. I love this song too!! I have it in my car and listen to it all the time! Phonezoo sounds really neat, thank you so much for the tutorial it is great! You did an awesome job on the photo a day challenge!!

  2. It is a good life indeed. :)
    The song is new to me but the lyrics are definitely great.
    Warmest regards,

  3. You are my hero for figuring all this out! Plus I love the "after" stairs and your photos! Keep up the fantastic work!

  4. Thanks for the tutorial. Been wanting to do this, but, really, when do I have the time to figure it out? You're awesome, sis! :)


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