Make your own ringtones in iTunes for FREE


Why pay .99 to $1.29 for a ringtone when you can make it for free!

Here is how to make either a ringtone or an alert tone (iOS 5 only) from a song that’s already in your iTunes library for your idevice. They both are made the same way and the only difference is the length. For a ringtone it can be anywhere from 10 to 30 seconds. An alert tone should not be more than 3 or 4 seconds (but you can make it a bit longer if you wish).

1. Right click on the song and go to “get info” and in options check the start and stop time boxes. Make sure to also set the times where you want it to start and stop. Then click OK.

2.right click the song and choose “Create AAC Version” iTunes will create this new version directly under the original song in your library.

If this option is not there then go to iTunes>Preferences> and in the general section click the import settings. Then on the “Import Using” drop down select “AAC Encoder”

3. Now drag the shorter version of the song from iTunes and drop it onto your desktop. After you drag it to the desktop delete the shorter version from your iTunes library making sure you do not delete the original song. In get info be sure to uncheck the start and stop time boxes so the song will go back to the original times.

4. Now right-click the song on your desktop and rename the file extension from “.m4a” and change it to “.m4r”

Note for Windows users: If you see that the file extension is not showing View the file in Windows Explorer, Select Organize on the top left of the window, Folder search options, Click the View tab, Un-Check the box “Hide extensions for known file types” then click OK or Apply. You should now see the file extension so it can be changed.

5. Now you can drag it from your desk top and drop it on the “Library” area in iTunes. this will automatically save it to your ringtones area.

6. Now sync your iPhone or idevice with iTunes and the new tone will be in the ringtone sounds area of your device. Then just set the tone in Settings>Sounds and choose ringtone or select the alert you want to change.

This may seem longer to do than it actually is, but after you do this a couple of times you will get faster at creating tones and for FREE!

If you enjoyed this tutorial or it helped you out please leave a comment and or subscribe.

-ElectricSproket

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6 Comments on “Make your own ringtones in iTunes for FREE”

  1. Clockworx Gaming October 24, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    Awesome… Keep the iOS 5 secrets coming!

  2. Dan arausa October 25, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    Thanks, this will save me money! And I can change ringtones every week!

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  5. Corey Rasulo January 16, 2012 at 7:04 am #

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