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How to Make Free iPhone Ringtone with iTunes?

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With the release of iTunes 8 – which brought with it Genius Playlists – creating iPhone ringtones with iTunes has once again become a painless process. iTunes 8 allows the user to customize a particular song’s start- and end-time, paving the way for an iPhone ringtone creation “hack” that requires nothing more than iTunes itself.

Keep in mind that iTunes will allow you to create a ringtone from a song downloaded through the iTunes Music Store, but those ringtones come with fees and no one likes fees. Follow this guide to create free iPhone ringtones with iTunes for free using nothing more than iTunes.

To create simple, free iPhone ringtones from your iTunes library, follow these steps:

Note: This process works with MP3, ACC, and AIFF files.

Note: Only DRM-free songs can be used with this ringtone creation process.

Any song downloaded from iTunes Music Store will have DRM (Digital Rights Management), so don’t use those songs.

Any song ripped from a CD or downloaded from DRM-free sources (P2P, Amazon, your friend) will work just fine.

1. Fire up iTunes 8

2. Find the song you’d like to turn in to a ringtone


Select the song you want to use as your iPhone ringtone

3. Right click on the song ,Select “Get Info”

4. Hit the “Options” tab

5. Check both the “Start Time” and “End Time” boxes


Customize the start and end times for your ringtone clip

6. Specify what time interval you’d like to use as your ringtone clip (Make sure your ringtone is 30 seconds or less!!)

7. Click “OK” ,Make sure the song you want is still highlighted

8. Click on “Advanced” in your menu bar

9. Select “Create AAC Version” or “Create Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) Lossless Version” (Make sure your iTunes “Import Settings” are set to “AAC” or “Apple Lossless” and not “MP3″)


You want to create a duplicate song file with the customized playing time

10. A duplicate copy of your song will appear in iTunes – this new song will have the same filename but shorter “Time”

Go back to the original song and uncheck those “Start Time” and “End Time” boxes

See the duplicate song underneath the original song?

11. Drag the duplicate song to your Desktop

Duplicate song file on Desktop

12. Once the duplicate song is copied to your Desktop, delete the duplicate file in iTunes

Notice that the duplicate song file is gone - deleted

13. On your Desktop, rename the file with the “.m4r” file extension – Use the new extension

This turns your song file into an iPhone ringtone file

Use the new filename extension

The .m4r file is now a ringtone file

14. Your “songname.m4a” file should now be named “songname.m4r”

15. Drag the newly renamed .m4r (songname.m4r) file back into iTunes

16. Drag the file over the “Library” column and release when “Library” becomes highlighted

You have to delete the duplicate song file (Step 12) otherwise iTunes won’t import your new .m4r file

17. You should see your new ringtone under “Ringtones” in iTunes

18. Sync your iPhone to get jiggy with your new iPhone ringtones!

Enjoy your free iPhone ringtone library!

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