How to…Make ringtones through ITUNES

11 11 2010

Many of us spend tons of many purchasing apps, downloading illegal sites, and even recording with fuzzy backgrounds to achieve the perfect ring tone for your phone. There’s a way to create your own, personal ring tone through ITUNES without the hassle of spending money. Once you have done your first one, you will be addicted. They will become faster than you could have ever imagined. This guide is good for both MACS AND PC’S.

Choose Your Song and Edit It

FIRST: In iTunes, select the song you want to use, right-click on the track and hit “Get Info.”


Select “Options” from the menu along the top. NEXT, change the “Stop Time” of the song to 15 seconds, or however long you would like it to be. Make sure they are no longer than 30 seconds.

NEXT, in the “Advanced” iTunes menu, select “Create AAC version.”

You will see a second version of the song at this point. Be sure to go back into the original song’s “Get Info” options and delete your “Stop Time” setting.  (The song won’t play past this point in the future if you do not delete the stop time.)

Converting the File for Mac Users

Mac users!!!  Now, right-click on the new, 15-second version and hit “Show in Finder” in order to change the file extension from .m4a to .m4r. This can be done just by clicking on it and typing over it. You also want to make the file name as short as possible too, so rename this in the same way.


Staying in Finder, drag the .m4r file to your desktop and delete the version that is in iTunes. When this is done, you want to import the file back into iTunes. To do this, open the iTunes “File” menu and select “Add to Library,” find the song on your desktop and add it back in.

Converting the File for PC Users


PC users will do this last part a little differently. Once you’ve got the AAC version of the song, you need to find it on your computer. Unless your default settings have been changed, it’s likely you can find it by clicking through the following folders: My Documents, My Music, iTunes, iTunes Media, Music and then the relevant artist’s folder.

You need to change the file extension from .m4a to .m4r by clicking on it and overtyping. If you can’t see the file extension type (just the name) then you need to enable that functionality first. Go to your control panel and click “Folder Options.” Then, untick the option that says “Hide extensions for known file types.” Going back into the iTunes folder and you will now be able to see the extension to change it.

Once it’s changed, you need to import the renamed file back into iTunes through the “Add to Library” option in the “File” menu.

Getting the File onto Your iPhone

Now, both Mac and PC users will see the file under the “Ringtones” category on the left of your iTunes display.


To get the ringtone where it needs to be — on your phone — sync your iPhone to iTunes. Make sure that the “Ringtones” tab is set to sync.

To change the ringtone on your iPhone to your chosen song, go to “Settings,” then “Sounds,” then “Ringtone” and you should now have a “Custom” list above the pre-loaded “Standard” list. Now it’s alllll youuuuu!!!





One response

11 11 2010
Rick Hancock

Good, but you have a few copy editing errors.

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