Apple has officially released the iTunes 11. The user interface is completely redesigned that is much simpler and clean. So far I love the upgrade but I’m concerned if it still allows user to create custom ringtone from any song in my music library.
It turns out the feature is still here and you’re allowed to create ringtone with 40-second in length. If you want to create your own ringtone or text tone for your iOS devices, instead of purchasing the tones from iTunes store, this step-by-step guide is specially for you. The procedures are completely tested on Mac, however, I think they should also work for Windows users. For those who are using older version of iTunes (e.g. iTunes 10) and have no plan for the upgrade, you can refer to the earlier guide.
Okay, let’s get started.
Procedures to Create Free Ringtone on iTunes 11
1. Launch iTunes 11.
2. In your Music library, select a song you want to convert to ringtone.
3. Right-click on the song and select “Get Info” to view the song properties.
4. Select “Options” tab. Fill in the “Start time” and “Stop time” to extract the portion of song you want to create as ringtone. From what I know, the length of custom ringtone should not be longer than 40 seconds. Otherwise, iTunes will not recognize it as a ringtone. When you are ready, click “OK” to confirm.
5. Next, right-click on the song and select “Create ACC Version”.
5. iTunes then automatically extracts the portion of song you have instructed in the previous step. The new song file is just 40-sec in length. This is the song file you’ll work on from step 6 and onwards.
6. Next, right-click on the song and select “Show in Finder”. This opens up Finder and locate the song file you just created.
Note: For Windows user, you should choose “Show in Windows Explorer” instead.
As you can reveal from Finder, the song file is in .m4a extension and we’ll change it to “.m4r”, which is the file extension for tones.
7. Rename the file extension from “.m4a” to “.m4r”. For Mac users, select “Use .m4r” when prompted.
8. Go back to iTunes. Right-click on the song you have created (i.e. the 40 sec version) and select “Delete” to delete the song.
9. Click “Delete Song” to confirm the deletion and then click “Keep File” when you’re prompted. This tells iTunes to delete the song (the 40 sec version) from music library and keep the actual file.
10. Go back to Finder and double-click on the ringtone file (.m4r) you have just renamed.
11. The ringtone will automatically add it to the “Tones” library in iTunes. You can now sync it to iPhone as a ringtone or text tone. Enjoy!
As always, leave us comment if you find any problem or have any questions.