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How to Make iTunes Ringtones? [Solved]

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Daniel Evans

March 13, 2018 (Updated: March 13, 2018)• Filed to: Transfer iPhone Media

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What better way to enjoy your best song than to use it as your ringtone? Unlike Android users that can easily set and use a song as ringtone, the same can’t be said for iPhone users. A friend of mine had actually fallen in love with the N.E.R.D & Rihanna song – Lemon, and few weeks back she decided to make the song her ringtone on her new iPhone only to realize she had to pay for it. If you’re reading this you’ve probably gone through a similar ordeal, or you’re presently in that position and seeking a way out. Well, that’s the purpose of this article. We are going to show you 2 ways on how to create free ringtones for iPhone.

Method 1: How to Make iTunes Ringtones with iTunes?

Step 1.Select Your Song

  • First, check to confirm that the song you want to use as your iPhone ringtone is in your iTunes library.
  • Once you’re certain it’s there, locate the song and right-click on it. Lots of dropdown options will be made available to you, just select Get Info.


Step 2.Set Ringtones Start and Stop Time

  • Select the Options Tab to set your desired duration for your iPhone ringtone.
  • Check the start and stop checkboxes and then set your ringtone start and stop time (max is 40 seconds).
  • Once you’re done click OK.


Step 3.Create An AAC Version

  • Next is to create an AAC version of the song you selected. With the song selected, click on Menu Bar >> File >> Convert >> Create AAC Version. Doing this will automatically create a copy of that specific section of the song we altered.
  • Once this is done correctly, you should have a copy of the song, only a shorter version this time.
  • You’ll also want to go back to the original song and reset the start and stop time you set.


Step 4.Find The AAC Version

  • Locate the newly converted song and right-click on it and choose Show in Windows Explorer (For PC), or Show in Finder (For MAC).
  • It’ll show up in your finder window as an .m4a file extension.

Step 5.Convert to Ringtone

  • Select the song and rename the extension from .m4a to .m4r by just replacing the “a” with “r”.
  • Renaming the file extension changes it to a ringtone.


Step 6.Delete The AAC Version

  • Go back to iTunes and locate the newly converted AAC version.
  • Right-click and select Delete.
  • You’ll get a pop-up with three options Cancel, Keep File, and Move to Trash.
  • Choose Keep File.

Step 7.Add to iTunes Tone Library

  • Go back to Finder Window (For MAC) or Windows Explorer (For PC).
  • Double-click on the renamed file with the .m4r extension to automatically move the ringtone to iTunes Tone Library.

By following the step-by-step guide above, you will get iTunes ringtones from your desired songs.

After you get iTunes ringtones, you can also sync those ringtones to your iPhone:

  • Connect your iPhone to iTunes.
  • Under your device, choose Tones and select Sync Tones.
  • Tap Sync at the bottom of your screen.
  • You can repeat this for as many songs you want to use as an iPhone ringtone. Once it’s done, open your iPhone go to Settings >> Sounds >> Ringtone to find your newly created free ringtones for iPhone.


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Disadvantages of Making Ringtones with iTunes:

  1. It is impossible for you to preview the ringtone before saving.
  2. Syncing iTunes tones will cause the existing tones to be deleted.
  3. For those syncing for the first time, this might wipe your iPhone.
  4. You always have to memorize the start and stop time of the song you want to set.

Method 2: How to Make iTunes Ringtones with iTunes Alternative?

With a lot of Apple users complaining about iTunes and its limit, there is now a better and faster iTunes alternative – iMyFone TunesMate. This software is regarded as the perfect iPhone file manager. Ideal for customizing songs into ringtones, and directly saving the tone to your iPhone without syncing. This iTunes alternative supports all media file types including videos, music, photos, playlist, ringtones, audiobooks, podcasts, etc.

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Key Features:

  • Perfect ringtone maker for your iPhone that allows you cut the precise section of the song while listening to it.
  • Make custom ringtones from your desired choice of song on your iPhone or computer.
  • Two-Way Transfer: You can now easily extract your iPhone ringtones. You can also share them to your friends both non-purchases and purchases. Allows you add ringtones to your iPhone from iTunes or computer without losing any data.
  • Easily bypass those annoying iTunes limits.
  • Full Formats Compatibility: supports all audio and video formats. Formats that are incompatible will be converted during transfer.

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1Get Free Ringtones for iPhone

Step 1Kick off iMyFone TunesMate, and connect iPhone to computer with a USB cable.

Step 2Select the Music Tab on the main interface, click on Ringtones on the left sidebar, and then tap Ringtone Maker at the sub-menu bar.


Step 3Choose your desired song from Local Music or Device Music option.

Step 4The selected song will begin to play to allow you choose the start and stop time. When finishing ringtones section choosing, tap Ringtone Audition to preview.


Step 5Click "Save to Device" to save created ringtone into your iPhone. Alternatively, you can click "Save to PC" to save ringtone on your computer.

2Transfer Created Ringtone from iPhone to iTunes

After you create ringtones for your iPhone, you can use iMyFone TunesMate to transfer them to iTunes for getting iTunes ringtones. Check out detailed steps below:

Step 1With iMyFone TunesMate running and iPhone connected, go to Music Tab.

Step 2Click "Ringtones" on the left side bar to show created ringtones and other ringtones in a list, choose and check any ringtones you want to transfer to iTunes. And then tap "Export > Export to iTunes" at the top bar.


Step 3When the export process finishes, a window will pop up and show "Export Successfully". Click "OK" to close the window.


Now you have got iTunes ringtones with iTunes alternative. Compared with the first method, is it much more convenient? Let us know what you think in the comment area below.

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