iTunes 10 – Create Ringtones from your Music

Creating ringtones to use on your iPhone from your Music stored in iTunes is really quite simple, and if you follow the instructions below, step by step, then you will be able to do this too

The ringtone track should be no more than 30 seconds in length, so make sure you know the start and finish times of the section of the song that you want to use before proceeding with the following steps.

1. Open iTunes

2. Pick the song you wish to use as a ringtone

3. Right click (or CTRL click) on that song and select ‘Get Info’

4. Select the Options tab

5. Tick the box next to Start time and enter the start time of the section to be used as a ringtone

6. Tick the box next to Stop time and enter the finish time of the section to be used (no more than 30 seconds after the Start time)

7. Click OK

8. Right click (or CTRL click) on the same song again and this time select ‘Create AAC Version’, (iTunes will automatically only select the portion of the song specified in steps 5 & 6 and create a new track with just that portion in it)

9. Right click (CTRL click) on the new shorter version of the song and choose ‘Show In Finder’

10. Rename the extension at the end of the file from .m4a to .m4r

11. Go back into iTunes and choose the shorter version of the song and right click (CTRL click) on it, choose ‘Delete’ from the menu

12. Click ‘Remove’

13. Click ‘Keep File’

14. Go back to the Finder window and double click the .m4r file to import it into iTunes

15. Plug in your iPhone and sync it, if you have followed all the steps then it will show up on your iPhone under Settings>General>Sounds>Ringtone

If the ringtone shows up in iTunes but won’t show up on your phone then there are 2 causes for this, either the ringtone is over 30 seconds in length, or steps 11-13 were not followed
Enjoy!