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How to Convert iTunes Songs Into Ringtones

Updated on August 14, 2017
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Making ringtones for the iPhone is easy when using iTunes.
Making ringtones for the iPhone is easy when using iTunes. | Source

Making Ringtones for the iPhone

When you purchase music through iTunes, in most cases you can right-click over the file and select "Convert to Ringtone" to make a ringtone for your iPhone. However, a lot of music, especially music not purchased through iTunes, won't allow that. That's because of copyright and many other issues.

The video at the beginning of this "how to" covers how to make ringtones on the iPhone on my personal computer, which should be similar to most computers out there. However, if you prefer written instructions on how to do this, those steps are below. These steps should cover both Apple and Windows computers.

Changing Extensions on Files

Wiindows typically doesn't allow you to see the extensions on files. So you have to make them visible. Here are the steps on how to do that:

  1. Double-click on the "My Computer" icon.
  2. Go to "Folder Options". You may have to hit the "Alt" key to make the menus visible and search the menus to find the "Folder Options".
  3. Click on the "View" tab.
  4. Click on the box next to "Hide extensions for known file types" so that there is not a check-mark in the box.
  5. Click "OK".

This is the window you will go if you want extensions on file names to be visible.
This is the window you will go if you want extensions on file names to be visible. | Source

How to Convert iTunes Songs or Music Into Ringtones for the iPhone

The following steps should be similar to most computers on how to convert songs in iTunes to ringtones for your iPhone:

  1. Determine what section of music you want to be your ringtone. Note down the time in the track you want the ringtone to start, and the time in the track you want the ringtone to end.
  2. Right-click over the song you want to make into a ringtone, and select "Get Info" in the menu that comes up. This could also be listed as "Properties".
  3. Various tabs at the top of the new window will appear. Click on "Options".
  4. Click on the box next to "Start Time" so there is a check-mark inside of it. Then type in the start time you want.
  5. Click on the box next to "Stop Time" so there is a check-mark inside of it. Then type in the stop time you want.
  6. Click on "OK".
  7. Right-click over the same file again, and select "Create ACC Version" in the menu that appears. This will create a copy of the song with the start and stop time you specified.
  8. Check your music library and sort the songs by the date they were added. The ACC version of the song should be at top.
  9. Play the song to verify that is what you want the ringtone to be. If you want it longer or shorter, repeat steps 1. through 8. to get it exactly how you want.
  10. Once you are happy with the results, drag the ACC version of the song to your desktop.
  11. Delete the ACC version from iTunes. There is no need to keep that version and it may cause issues with the sync with your iPhone.
  12. Right-click over the song on your desktop and select "Rename". Alternatively, you can right-click over the file and select "Properties".
  13. Change the extension of the file from ".m4a" to ".m4r". If a dialog box comes up warning you about changing the extension of the file, click "OK". That is a normal warning.
  14. Drag the file back to your iTunes library.
  15. Select your "Tones" or other ringtones folder and the file should be there.
  16. Sync up your iPhone to iTunes like normal to move ringtones over to your iPhone.
  17. Select the ringtone on your iPhone and you are all done!

How to Change File Extensions in Windows

Common Menus When Making Ringtones With iTunes

This is the window where you will change the start and stop times of your ringtone.
This is the window where you will change the start and stop times of your ringtone. | Source
This is the "Properties" window where you can change the extension of the file.
This is the "Properties" window where you can change the extension of the file. | Source
You may see this window when changing the extension on the file.  Just click "Yes".
You may see this window when changing the extension on the file. Just click "Yes". | Source

Making Songs Into Ringtones for the iPhone on the Mac

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    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      I've been meaning to research this--thanks!