how to make free ringtones for the iPhone using iTunes

so you already have some songs in your itunes library and you want to make custom ringtones from them but don't want to pay for them from the itunes store or the ringtone doesn't have the part of the song you want. if you are looking to do just that, then you're in luck and all you need to create your own ringtones is itunes itself. the steps are fairly simple. they may work similarly on osx, but i have only tested this on windows.

  1. open itunes and find song you want to make a ringtone
  2. each ringtone should be 30 seconds long. play the song and look at what point in the song you want it to start and remember the minutes and seconds to start. add 30 seconds for the end time and remember that as well
  3. right click on the song, choose 'get info' then go to the 'options' tab (see figure 1)
  4. change start time to beginning time and change the stop time to the ending time (remember: should be 30 seconds after start time). choose OK. (see figure 2)
  5. right click on the song again, choose 'create aac version'. it should only take a few seconds to process
  6. a new song will appear in your itunes library (it will be a 30 second song); right click on the new 30 second version and choose 'show in windows explorer' (see figure 3)
  7. this should take you to the location of the new file. change file extension from '.m4a' to '.m4r'
  8. i would suggest moving the file to a common location for ringtones only. you will also want to make sure to remove old 30 second clip from itunes as it now points to an invalid file location
  9. to import the new ringtone, go to the 'file' menu then 'add file to library'. navigate to the new ringtone and add it to the library. it should now appear in the 'ringtones' section on the left (see figure 4)
  10. make sure to undo your changes to the start/stop time of the original song (right click the original song, choose 'get info', goto the 'options' tab, clear start/stop time checkboxes
  11. sync your iphone and now the ringtone is available on your phone!
figure 1 - get info, options tab figure 2 - set start/stop time
figure 3 - new 30 second song figure 4 - new ringtone in itunes

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