Ringtones Created in iTunes 10: How To

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Create Free Ringtone using iTunes 10, Quick & Dirty:


This guide is for use with a Mac Computer and an iPhone. I don't know how much of it applies to working on a Windows machine...- Huntn.

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Step By Step

  1. Launch iTunes and highlight a song you want to convert to ringtone.
  2. Right-click on the song and click “Get Info” to view the song properties.
  3. Select “Options” tab. Check and fill in the “Start time” and “Stop time” to set the play time for the portion of song to be extracted/created as a ringtone. Ensure the length is not longer than 30 seconds. Otherwise, iTunes will not recognize it as a ringtone. Click “OK” to confirm.
  4. In iTunes, right-click on the song (a second time) or under the Advanced Menu, select “Create ACC Version”. However if the choice "Create ACC Version" is not there, select iTunes Prefs>General>Import Settings and select Create AAC Encoder. After selecting Creating an ACC version, iTunes automatically extracts the portion of song you have setup in the previous step and places it in the same iTunes folder as the original song. The "new" song file matches the length selected in step 3 (this example: 30 sec) and will appear in your iTunes music list next to the original song with the same title. That’s the song clip you work with from step 5 and onwards.
  5. In iTunes, right-click on the "new" song and select “Show in Finder”. This will locate and display the song file you just created. Optional: Instead, drag the song out of the iTunes music list to the folder you want. Now you'll have two copies of the created song, but the extra copy can be erased in step 7.
  6. In the Finder, click the new 30 second song you created and rename the file extension from “.m4a” to “.m4r”. Be careful to avoid highlighting the entire name and inadvertently erasing it. Highlight it, click in the name so a editing prompt appears, then navigate to the extension, edit and save it with the new file extension. You might get a message about "do you really want to change file extension name?" Of course you do.
  7. This step may initially seem confusing, but the goal is to remove the new song from the iTunes Music list and get iTunes to place the new ringtone, in the "Tones" list. It won't do that if you leave the new song in the music list. So in the iTunes music list, right-click on the new song you have created, and select “Delete”. Then click “Remove” to confirm the removal and then click “Keep File” when prompted. This instructs iTunes to remove the song (the 30 sec version) from iTunes library, but keep the actual song file you've created. Optional: However if you have dragged the song to a folder in Step 5, in this step you can tell iTunes to delete the file to get rid of the extra file created using the optional method.
  8. In the Finder, navigate to the new song you created and double-click on the ringtone file (.m4r) you have just renamed. The ringtone should automatically be added to iTune's ringtone library. You can now sync it to iPhone using iTunes.
  9. Go back into the iTunes, right click the original song, GET INFO>Options and uncheck the start and stop times so the song will play normally in iTunes. Enjoy your new ringtone!