How to make iPhone ringtone on Windows 7, Vista or XP
This guide will show you how to make iPhone ringtones using songs on your iTunes music library right from your Windows PC without installing any application (except for iTunes, of course) and without registering to any website or any premium text services. That means, everything is FREE!
Everything is done directly on your computer, you can do this even without internet connection.
This is for all iPhones (iPhone 4, 3GS, 3G or older) and for all iOS versions.
Here's what you need:
Computer running on Windows 7, Vista or XP with iTunes installed
Song(s) on your iTunes music library
Note: You don't need your iPhone yet until you're done making your ringtone and are ready to sync.
If you don't see the Ringtones list on your sidebar, don't worry. It will show up after you're successful in creating your first one.
Open iTunes (from your PC) and select any song from your music library.
Right-click on your chosen song then click on Get Info.
Click on the Options tab, at the top of info window.
Look for Start Time and Stop Time, and copy whatever is written in the Stop Time box (which is the full length of the song) to avoid messing up the original copy, coz you're gonna need to put it back later.On the video, the original length of my song is 5:48.055, but ringtones for iPhones could not comprise the full length of the song, it must only be around 1 to 30 seconds (though I'm not sure if 30+ sec will still work).
Shorten the song to acceptable limit (1 to 30 sec.).On the video I used the first 9 seconds, by changing only the Stop Time from 5:48.055 to 0:09.000.You may also choose the middle part of any song, say you can set the Start Time at 1:23.456 (or any time of your choice) and the Stop Time at 1:54.321 (or any time of your choice).
Click on OK to apply the changes.
Select the same song, click on Advanced from the Menu bar at the top of iTunes Window, then click on Create AAC version.Notice that the AAC version has shorter time than the original one.
Modify the original copy back to its full length (noted on step 4), then click on OK.
Right-click on the AAC version, then click on Show in Windows Explorer. A folder will open showing your two songs in file form, the original copy having the .mp3 file extension, and AAC version with .m4a.If you cannot see the file extensions, Go to Control Panel>Folder Options>View (tab)> and from there, remove the check beside the option saying Hide extensions for known file types. Click on OK to apply the changes. (Watch the video for clearer instruction.)
Change the .m4a file extension to .m4r.You may also change the name, but that's up to you. The important thing is to change the file extension.
Then Windows will ask:Just click on Yes.
Double-click on the modified file to add it to your ringtones list, and you're done!
The only thing you need to do now is to sync ringtones so you can use them on your iPhone.
WARNING-BEFORE YOU SYNC Syncing ringtones will affect the music library on the iPhone, so before you click the sync button, be sure to transfer all your purchased songs first (from iPhone to PC) so no song will be deleted. Or better yet, do this only when you're working on the computer where: you save all your songs, or; you regularly sync your iPhone.
Notes: This guide is intended only for iPhone users, because iPhones do not accept file types other than .m4r as ringtones.
This guide is intended only for Windows users. The guide for Mac users is written separately, with its own video.
It's a very tricky method. Follow these step precisely, and you should have your own custom ringtone like I have.
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1 Open iTunes.
2 Find the song that you want to make into a ringtone.
3 Listen to the song and find the part of it you want to use. The chorus may be a good place to start.
4 Write down the start and stop times of the clip.
5 Right-click the song and select "Get Info."
6 Click the "Options" tab.
7 Type in the start time of your ringtone in the text box next to "Start Time" in the minutes:seconds (i.e., x:xx) format.
8 Type in the end time of your ringtone in the text box next to "Stop Time." Make sure the ringtone is no more than 40 seconds long.
9 Click "OK."
10 Right-click your song again and select "Convert Selection to AAC." Wait for iTunes to convert your song. It will create a duplicate version.
11 Right-click the ringtone and select "Delete."
12 Click on the "Keep Files" button.
13 Find the file. It's usually in your User folder under "Music > iTunes > iTunes Music" and under the band's name. It will have an extension of m4a.
14 Replace the m4a extension of your ringtone with m4r. You can either double-click slowly to rename your file, or right-click and select "Get Info" on a Mac or "Rename" on a Windows PC.
15 Click "Use .m4r" or the PC equivalent when the system warns you that the change may affect the use of your file.
16 Double-click the ringtone file. ITunes will automatically add it to your ringtones folder in your iTunes Music Library.
17 Connect your iPhone and sync your ringtones.
Start iTunes and find the song you want to convert. (It must be
Right-click the song and choose Get Info.
Click the Options tab.
Check the Start Time and Stop Time boxes, then
enter times for each (no more than 30 seconds apart, the maximum length
for a ringtone). I used 0:00 and 0:30, respectively, as "Spit It Out"
has a perfect ascending lead-in.
Click OK, then right-click the song again and choose Create
AAC Version. You should immediately see a new 30-second version of
Drag that version out of iTunes and into the folder of your
Delete the 30-second version from iTunes and undo the Start
Time/Stop Time changes to the original.
Open the folder containing the 30-second AAC file you dragged out
of iTunes, then change the file extension from .m4a to .m4r.
Double-click it and it immediately gets added to iTunes' ringtone
Finally, sync your iPhone. When it's done, you can head into the
settings and select your new ringtone.
That's all there is to it! What song(s) will you assign to ringtone
duty? Leave a comment and nominate your favorites. Meanwhile, have a
happy new year! I'll see you back here in '09.