How do I create ringtones from my music library?

Creating Ringtones from Music libraryIf you want to set your favorite song as your ringtone, you can purchase the ringtone version of the song online or through your iPhone. However, there is a way to create custom ringtones out of any tune in your personal music library. Here's how you can do it:

You can create your own ringtones out of your own music collection

  1. Open iTunes on your computer and find the song you'd like to turn into a ringtone.
  2. Find the part of the song you want to use as a ringtone. (You might want to use a stopwatch to time the point in the song you want the ringtone to begin and end. The cropped song should be no longer than 30 seconds.)
  3. Right-click on the song name and click Info.
  4. Click on the Options tab.
  5. Type in the start and stop times of your ringtone in the minutes:seconds format and make sure your ringtone isn't longer than 30 seconds. Click OK.
  6. Right-click the song name again and select Create AAC Version. iTunes will create a duplicate version of the song.
  7. Right-click the song and select delete. iTunes will prompt you with the "Are you sure…" screen. Click Remove.
  8. iTunes will also prompt you with an option to keep the files on your computer. Click Keep Files.

  9. Go to your computer's music folder and find the song file. It will usually be under Music > iTunes > iTunes Music; under the band's name folder.
  10. Right-click the song name and select Rename.

  11. Change the song's ".m4a" extension to ".m4r". Press Enter.
  12. Double click on the song name to play it through iTunes. The song will automatically show up on the iTunes Ringtones library on the left panel.
May-June 2011
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