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Create Free Ringtones In iTunes

The Apple blog published a nice article explaining how to create free ringtones using only the Apple iTunes software. The only restriction of that method is that the song needs to reside on the hard drive of the user so that a ringtone can be created from it.

The method is pretty straightforward but requires a bit of manual work. Start by right-clicking the song in iTunes that you want to create a ringtone from and select Get Info from the context menu. Click on the Options tab in the new window and pick a start and stop time for the ringer. It has to be exactly 30 seconds or less so consider this. Click Ok when you are done.

Now right-click the song and select Convert Selection to AAC from the menu. Now open your iTunes music library and drag and drop the newly created song to another location on the hard drive and delete the song in the iTunes library.

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Now change the extension of the song from .m4a to .m4r and add it again to iTunes. You can either import it from within iTunes or double-click it if iTunes is the program of choice to open that file.

Update: Please note that the method is still working in newer versions of iTunes. Let me demonstrate how it is done in iTunes 11 which just got released.

  • Right-click a song and select Get Info from the context menu
  • Switch to Options and enter a start and end time that is no longer than 30 seconds in total
  • Click ok to leave the window
  • Right-click the song again and select Convert selection to AAC from the context menu
  • All that is left to do now is to rename the file extension of the newly created song from m4a to m4r.




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    Comments

    1. Britney said on August 28, 2008 at 6:39 am
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      what about new windows that dont have the m4a shit??

    2. Emilie said on October 2, 2008 at 3:20 am
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      Hi, Great advice, however I can’t find the convert selection button that you mentioned. Help!!
      Thanks!

    3. Nick said on October 10, 2008 at 5:52 am
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      it wont let me convert it because of protected files HELP!!!!

    4. Anonymous said on November 21, 2008 at 10:17 am
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      same as nick, wont let me convert “protected files”

    5. Anonymous said on November 25, 2008 at 5:57 pm
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      same as them^^ it wont let me convert.. please help me lmao :]

    6. Mike said on November 26, 2008 at 1:41 am
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      I do not see where I can change the file from .m4a.. WTF?

    7. Mike said on November 26, 2008 at 1:44 am
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      My files are labeled as MPEG-4 audio files

    8. The great one said on December 12, 2008 at 8:22 am
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      You are all lame especially you “mike”. Look at what the article says… “change the extension of the file from .m4a to .m4r”. Got it? You just highlight the “a” in .m4a and change it to “r”.

    9. jazz said on January 20, 2009 at 4:10 am
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      how do you find the extension to change if from m4a to m4r????

    10. hugo said on January 26, 2009 at 8:59 am
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      you have to go to control panel, open folder options, choose view, and deselect where it says hide extensions from known files types, doing this u will be able to rename m4a to m4r

    11. Kidd said on March 8, 2009 at 10:31 pm
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      Regarding the protection issue: The idiot-proof way is the burn the song you want to an audio cd (like that would work in your car). Delete the original song, put the disc in your computer and import it to iTunes. It will now be in unprotected mp3 format. Also, the new version of iTunes reads “create AAC version” rather than “convert selection to AAC”. Use your head, people.

    12. Alaya said on March 23, 2009 at 9:35 pm
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      does it work if i want a ringtone for a phone that isnt an iphone?

    13. Knowledgable said on May 11, 2009 at 2:17 am
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      Alaya, you moron, it’s easy.

    14. marissa said on May 15, 2009 at 8:42 pm
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      I did as told per the instruction. I was able to generate the ringtone in the .mr4 format and it will play in itunes but it will not upload to the iphone as a purchased ringtone had. Any ideas?

    15. Mike said on May 17, 2009 at 9:46 pm
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      It has to be changed into a “.m4r” NOT a “.mr4”, dunno if that was a typo or a legit mistake…You also need to make sure you’ve deleted the AAC version within iTunes before you click on ur new .m4r version of the song. By doing this it will force itunes to read it as a purchased ringtone.

    16. Mike said on May 17, 2009 at 9:54 pm
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      You must also make sure to keep ur ringtone under 30 seconds long or else the iPhone will not recognize it as a ringtone and therefore will not show up within the phone

    17. Bryce Fraser said on June 4, 2009 at 8:31 am
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      Just like to point out, to change the extension of the file, we need to enable hidden file extensions

      For Windows XP
      1. Open My Computer
      2. Click on Tools -> Options
      3. Go to the view tab
      4. Find the entry in that section that says “Hide extensions for known file types” and take the tick OUT of the box
      5. Press ok

      Vista
      1. Open My Computer
      2. Click on Organise -> Options
      3. Go to the view tab
      4. Find the entry in that section that says “Hide extensions for known file types” and take the tick OUT of the box
      5. Press ok

      Then we can just change the .m4a to .m4r

    18. patrick said on June 23, 2009 at 3:49 am
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      brilliant. to all those struggling, if you really read the instructions, its quite simple. good luck.

    19. Johnny said on June 24, 2009 at 3:13 am
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      i am not a computer guy. just read carefully the instruction and I am able to make my favourite song as the rigntone. I can do it, you can all do it.

    20. logan said on June 27, 2009 at 5:52 pm
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      Worked like a charm, I just had to enable hidden file extensions.

    21. raquel said on July 20, 2009 at 3:17 am
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      Thank you so much! Works great!

    22. sid said on July 25, 2009 at 3:46 pm
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      this is really cool..work fine…amazing!!

    23. Laura said on July 29, 2009 at 1:44 pm
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      This is really important for those struggling….. I couldn’t get it to work because the file type didn’t rename correctly…. Thanks Bryce!! :)

      Bryce Fraser says:
      June 4, 2009 at 8:31 am
      Just like to point out, to change the extension of the file, we need to enable hidden file extensions

      For Windows XP
      1. Open My Computer
      2. Click on Tools -> Options
      3. Go to the view tab
      4. Find the entry in that section that says “Hide extensions for known file types” and take the tick OUT of the box
      5. Press ok

      Vista
      1. Open My Computer
      2. Click on Organise -> Options
      3. Go to the view tab
      4. Find the entry in that section that says “Hide extensions for known file types” and take the tick OUT of the box
      5. Press ok

    24. Brown said on August 6, 2009 at 6:31 am
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      I did everything. The song registers as a ringtone but when someone calls it doesn’t ring the song. Any solutions?

    25. dan said on August 8, 2009 at 8:29 pm
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      how do you get the new m4r ringtone from itunes onto a verizon phone?

    26. Dom said on August 10, 2009 at 11:57 pm
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      Is it possible to send the newly created ringtone to a phone that isn’t an iphone? Please help! Thank you.

    27. Alaska said on August 12, 2009 at 10:20 pm
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      on a mac.. after i copy to aac format then remove from itunes.. i just take it off and set it on my desktop, switch the a to r, then try and drag it back into my itunes library but it doesn’t register as a ringtine.

    28. ae said on August 16, 2009 at 11:30 am
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      this is great– thank you!

    29. paul said on September 4, 2009 at 4:49 pm
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      thanks laura…….

    30. Andy said on September 8, 2009 at 12:35 am
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      when i tried to right click and select convert selection aac i could not find

    31. Gixxa Killa said on September 17, 2009 at 10:41 am
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      Brilliant!! Works like a CHARM!! Thanks!

    32. Anonymous said on September 18, 2009 at 10:52 am
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      after the ringtone is converted, i tunes will not sych the ringtone without bringing up a message that says “syching” will delete all your existing content.

      then it deletes all my files.

      what should i do ?

    33. reminisce said on November 4, 2009 at 7:36 am
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      thanks man… takes minute or 2… and it doesnt have a fade out…. and u have to remember to go back and set your original song to full length…..
      but its free ;)

    34. guest utah said on November 6, 2009 at 7:51 pm
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      with the new version of itunes 9 if you have your iimport settings from the general tab set to apple lossless the AAC option will not be available. Change it to Import using AAC encoder.

      NOW…. I am having a different problem…. it is not staying trimmed… when done, I have a ringtone the full length of the original? Not sure what I am doing wrong. Deleting everything before importing it…

      Any Ideas?

    35. guest utah said on November 6, 2009 at 7:56 pm
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      PS…. The AAC version is 20 seconds… then I move it out of iTunes, change the extension, and when it goes back into iTunes its 3:20 long as a ring tone???

    36. jessica said on December 1, 2009 at 7:04 am
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      i got it set at a ringtone on my itunes, but is it possible to get the ringtone on a verizon voyager?

      just saying..dont be rude.

    37. lorry said on July 8, 2010 at 9:12 am
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      took me a bit but in the end i got it thanks heaps your a legend!

      1. stacchz said on July 10, 2010 at 11:03 pm
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        I cannot seem to be able to change it from the initial 20 sec of the song…can you pick which 20 seconds of the song you want?

    38. waply said on October 19, 2010 at 7:15 pm
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      Just send an email to your verizon email and then save it to your iPhone.

    39. אפליקציות לאייפון said on November 6, 2010 at 11:54 pm
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      i am not a computer guy. just read carefully the instruction and I am able to make my favourite song as the rigntone. I can do it, you can all do it.

    40. Kelly said on April 27, 2011 at 4:25 am
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      Mine doesn’t have the option of converting the selected item to AAC. Anyone want to be helpful?

    41. april said on June 4, 2011 at 12:10 am
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      can this work on a verizon phone?

    42. אפליקציות לאייפון said on November 11, 2011 at 9:47 am
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      working great on my iphone
      thank you very much

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