Introduction: IPod Alarm Tones

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This will show you how to make a wake-up tone for your iPod Classic. I have heard that it works on other models that have an on board speaker.

I currently do not know what the range of the on-board speaker of the iPod Classic or any other model of iPod so be careful.

You need:
1. Subjec... I mean iPod
2. Data Cable for iPod
3. PC or Mac
4. iTunes

Step 1: Enable Disk Use

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You need to connect your iPod to a computer and open iTunes. Click on the device, and enable disk use.  Disk use is towards the bottom of the screen, and the very last option in iTunes on your device. This will allow you to access the Hard Drive/Flash Memory. You can put documents, files , pictures and all sorts of stuff, like a flash drive or thumb drive.

Step 2: Look Into the IPod (Not Literally!!)

Alright its time to look at the contents of the iPod. Since I am using a PC the instructions will be for PC users. Mac users, you are out of luck... I know none of the keyboard shortcuts. You need to open a file browser. (For windows users: Windows Key+E) I will use x for the location of the iPod (like C:) You will find a a folder similar to this on a iPod Classic. X:\iPod_Control\tones. In here is a .tone file. Open it with notepad.

Step 3: Save the .tone File, and Create a New Tone.

Now you need look at how the numbers fall. Windows machines have a  problem in notepad where they cannot read a .tone file easily. The tone file is basically a .rtf and notepad dose not have a function built in to read these files. Mac users your text editor dose. The first thing you see is that there is a name at the very beginning, this is the name that will show up on the screen, regardless of the files name, and that there is a rectangle symbol after it. That is basically a return on windows. Mac users ignore that comment. now the first number in the file is the frequency in hertz. the second number is how long (in milliseconds) the frequency will be played.  Now you need to be careful with what frequency you put because you can BREAK YOUR IPOD. DO NOT DIFFER FROM THESE VALUES TOO MUCH. I have gone about ± 100 Hz from these numbers on my iPod.  These numbers may or may not ruin the speaker on your ipod. Anyway there is a test tone in .txt format. You do not have to save a .tone file because the iPod can read them in .txt format. Look at the attached  file to see the format that the frequency and time need to be arranged. You do not have to have the same number of frequency and time pairs as the tone file. You can have more or less.

Also if you do not want to use a template. here is what it should look like.
Beeper
560 100
640 100
ect.

Thanks for reading!

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