How to Make Your iTunes Into a Ringtone

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From the scrolling view to the orientation swap, the iPhone is rich with features and functionality. Most users are aware of how to purchase music on iTunes and transfer the music to the iPhone. Many users do not know, however, that iTunes music may be converted into ringtones for use with an iPhone through a few simple steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet access
  • IPhone
  • Click "Start", and then click the iTunes program link from the Programs context menu to start iTunes.

  • Navigate to the song that you wish to convert to a ringtone. Play the audio file and determine which segment of the song will be used for the ringtone. Note the time for the beginning and end of the desired ringtone clip.

  • Right-click on the song from within the iTunes interface. Select "Get Info" from the context menu, then click on the "Options" tab in the Get Info interface. Type the Start Time for the ringtone in the Start Time input box. Type the ending time for the ringtone in the Stop Time input box. Ensure that the length of the ringtone does not exceed 40 seconds. Click the "OK" button.

  • Right-click on the song a second time and select the "Convert Selection to AAC" option. Save the ringtone with a new name. Again, right-click on the new ringtone and select the "Delete" option. Select the "Keep Files" option. Click "OK" to perform the operation.

  • Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the new ringtone file. The file will normally be located under the Users > iTunes > iTunes Music folder, under a subfolder of the band name. The new ringtone will have a file extension of .m4a. Rename the file extension to .m4r by right-clicking on the file and selecting the "Rename" option. This is the standard ringtone format for the iPhone.

  • Double-click the new ringtone file. ITunes will automatically add the file to the iTunes Ringtones folder in the iTunes Music Library.

  • Connect the iPhone to the computer and perform a sync operation. The ringtone will automatically be added to the iPhone. Attach the ringtone to a function on the phone and test.

References

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