This is a follow-up to my post on creating free ringtone with iTunes. The post has been published for more than a year. Base on the feedback, I’m so glad it helped so many iPhone users make their own ringtones for free. However, as revealed from the comments, some users may encounter a few issues during the cooking of ringtones. In brief, here are the common issues:
- No ringtone tab in iTunes
- No option to create ringtones in AAC version
- No way to change file extension from .m4a to .m4r (specifically for Windows users)
In this post, I’ll go through the problems one by one and show you the solution.
1. No Ringtone tab in iTunes
Some readers mentioned they couldn’t find the ringtone tab in the left pane of iTunes. Though it’s rare, the ringtone tab may not be enabled by default. To show the ringtone library, go to “Preferences”. In the “Show” section under the “General” tab, the options available here let you control the type of library (e.g. music, movie, etc) to show up in iTunes. If you do not see the ringtones library, probably you haven’t set the “Ringtones” (or “Tones”) checkbox. Just make sure you enable it and click “OK”. iTunes should now show you the ringtones library.
If you’re using iTunes 10.5 or up, please note that Apple has replaced “Ringtones” with “Tones”.
2. No “AAC Version” Option
One of the requirements in making ringtone is to create an AAC version for your selected song. Some readers mentioned they couldn’t find this option in iTunes. iTunes only shows them the “MP3″ option or “AIFF” option.
The reason why you can’t find the AAC option is that you have configured the import setting to use other encoders (e.g. MP3). To enable the AAC option, go to “Preferences”. Under the “General” tab, click “Import Settings”.
Select “AAC Encoder” and click “OK”. You should now see the “Create AAC version” option by right-clicking on any of your songs.
3. No Way to Change File Extension from .m4a to .m4r in Windows
In order for iTunes to recognize files as ringtones, it’s required to name the song files in .m4r extension. This is a crucial step. But some Windows users found it difficult to rename the file extension as Windows Explorer doesn’t display the extension.
By default, Windows Explorer does not display the file extension. To make it work, click “Organizer” –> “Folder and search options” –> Select “View” tab. In the advanced setting, uncheck “Hide extensions from known file types” and click “OK” to apply. From now on, Windows Explorer shows you the file extension.
4. Keep it Under 40 seconds
From my experience, iTunes doesn’t allow ringtone (or text tone) longer than 40 seconds. So keep it short!
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