I guess most of us would already know that you can make free custom iPhone ringtones through iTunes 10 and above in a few easy steps. But here’s a step-by-step tutorial for those who do not already know the method. (the Create a ringtone feature was removed after iTunes 9.2, but you can follow the suggested method below to still be able to create ringtones of your choice on iTunes 10 and above)
itunes lets you create your own ringtones right from the iTunes interface. You can make ringtones from your favorite tracks – and it’s a very simple thing to do. Let’s get started:
First off, download and install the latest version of iTunes if you do not have it installed already.
How to create custom ringtones for iPhone through iTunes:
Choose the song you want to convert / use as ringtone. Right click on and click on ‘Get Info’
Click on the ‘Options’ tab. Here, you will see a text field for ‘Start Time’ and ‘Stop Time‘. For the ringtone, you will have to give the appropriate start time and stop time from the track. In case you need the first twenty seconds of the track you chose, then your start and stop times would be 00:00 and 00:20.
iTunes will let you convert a track if the length is no longer than 30-40 seconds. So choose accordingly.
Now, after pressing OK on the Options screen, you will be back to the library. A new track (with the same name and details, but different track length) will come up right below the track you chose. Right click on that – you’ll find a ‘Create AAC Version’ option. Click it.
Right click on the new track again and hit ‘Show in Finder’. Here, change the name of the file. That is, change the extension to .m4a or .m4r
You should now go back and remove the new track that’s on the iTunes library. It will ask for confirmation. Press Yes. When it asks for removing the file, press ‘Keep File’ instead so the original is intact. After that, come back to Finder, and double-click on the .m4a/.m4r file that you just had renamed. It will show up in iTunes under the ‘Tones’ tab!