Make Free iPhone Ringtones Using iTunes

Posted on November 25, 2009 by has some simple steps on how to create iPhone ringtones from your non-DRM songs in your iTunes library.  I’ve always used the GarageBand method, but this looks like a great alternative for those who are not fortunate enough to have a Mac, and have to use Windows.

From the article:

  • Open iTunes, right click (or Control + click) on a song, and select ‘Get Info.’
  • Under ‘Options,’ check the boxes beside ‘Start Time’ and ‘Stop Time,’ and under ‘Stop Time,’ change the duration to 0:30 (or less). Hit ‘OK.’
  • Right-click on the song again and select ‘Create AAC version.’ (If a format other than AAC comes up, go into ‘iTunes Preferences/General/Import Settings.’ Under ‘Import Using,’ select ‘AAC.’)
  • Once the AAC version is created, drag it to your desktop, delete it from iTunes, and then change the file extension from .M4a to .M4r. Drag this file back into iTunes and you’ll find it automatically placed in the ‘Ringtones’ section of your library. Delete the desktop version.
  • Note: Don’t forget to go back to the original song file and uncheck the ‘Start’ and ‘Stop’ times.

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