How to Make your Customized iPhone Ringtones Free of Charge

By Jim Roberts | Apple

Did you just buy a new iPhone handset and have been so amazed by all the wonders packed in it? Well, that is just natural as all other users have been awed by the iPhone..

But all of them iPhone users are taken aback by one thing, the price to be paid for a favorite song to be made into a ringtone. On second thought, probably not all of them, only those who have not figured out that there is actually an authorized and above-board way of creating songs from the music library to the iPhone ringtones.

The method is somehow tricky so not all is aware of it. If you have a Mac or Windows operated computer, it is just pretty helpful to turn non-DRM song files stored in the iTunes data library into instant ringtones.

Before proceeding, please be advised that there are some diversity issues regarding versions of iTunes and their combinations as well as versions of operating systems so make sure to gather tips in dealing with this syncing issue.

To do this, there are only three basic materials that you will use: 1) non-DRM songs or those songs which are not purchased at the iTunes Store, 2) computer with Mac or Windows operating system, 3) the iTunes

Instructions on how to Make Custom iPhone Ringtones

  • You need to open your iTunes and Look for the song.
  • Select a part of the song which you prefer to hear as your ringtone.
  • Note the exact start and stop times.
  • Right-click the song and choose ‘Get Info’.
  • Click ‘Options’ tab.
  • Input start time in proper format
  • Input stop time. Make sure that the part you selected will not exceed 40 seconds as that is the maximum allowed duration of the ringtone. Select ‘Ok’.
  • Right-click on the song again and this time select “Convert Selection to AAC.”. Wait as iTunes complete the conversion and creation of duplicate.
  • Right click on the ringtone and choose ‘Delete’.
  • Look for the “Keep Files” button and click on it.
  • Search for your file. Usually it is inside the User folder under Music, just look for a file with extension m4a
  • Change extension name to m4r
  • Double-click the file to automatically add it to the library.
  • Connect iPhone then sync.

About the Author

Holding a dual degree in both Management and IT with 13 years of business experience, I am Jim F. Roberts from California, USA. Needless to say, I am a techy guy and I love exploring, checking out the latest gadgets and sharing my thoughts on a lot of things.