Free Ringtones for your iPhone

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 9, 2007
Updated • Dec 1, 2012

Paying $0.99 for a single ringtone is way to much especially if you already bought the song from iTunes or have it available on CD or as mp3.The funny thing is that Apple introduced a new format for ringtones with the extension .m4r which is simply a renamed .aac file which are the files that you download when you make a purchase at iTunes.

If you already have the .aac file on your hard drive you simply need to rename it to .m4r and add it to your iTunes library. It can't be easier than that, don't you think ? The method to create ringtones for your iPhone changes a bit when you have files in a different format on your hard drive.

The most used formats are mp3 and ogg. What you need to do is to convert them into .aac format and rename them to .m4r again. A software that can convert almost any audio format is DBPoweramp. Just run the software and convert your music, or the songs that you would like to have as ringtones.

Update: DBPoweramb is no longer freeware and we suggest you use a different program for your music converting needs. Hamster Audio Converter is a free easy to use program that you can use to convert audio files into aac format.

Just add files from your local compuer to the program and pick the desired audio format from the list. You can either pick an output format by device, by selecting Apple from the list of manufacturers, or directly the aac format if you select to pick one from the list of available audio formats. Once the conversion of the songs is completed you only need to rename them to m4r to turn them into ringtones.

You can alternatively turn songs in iTunes directly into ringtunes which basically involves the same process only in iTunes (converting to aac, renaming to m4r).


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  1. Sam said on March 5, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Another way is to play any track on your mac, record it via wiretap under 30 secs and change the extension to .m4r and move to library. Don’t break any copyright laws :)

  2. problem soved said on March 21, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    the file has to be 30 seconds or less or the phone will not show it as a ringtone.

  3. havern93 said on August 7, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    i think its because the file size is too big, i tried it with a mp3 under 3mb and it worked fine.. or you might just be a complete retard?

  4. Amer said on January 28, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    i converted my tracks to .m4r and copied them to my itunes lib..and they were placed inside the ringtone section…but when i go to my iphone and try to set any as a ringtone i just can’t…the songs are not listed on the ringtone list in settings…any solution???

  5. Rath said on October 24, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    I tried converting the files to .acc and renaming the title to .m4r. still can’t set under ringtones. I have a windows pc, Do I need a mac pc to do this?

  6. iPhone User said on September 25, 2007 at 2:11 am

    I converted a cd to AAC via iTunes, then went through my itunes music folder on my Mac Hard drive and renamed to .m4r and it automatically added it into my itunes library, but when i sync my phone it still doesnt recognize it as a ringtone….any suggestions?

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