How to Make M4R Ringtones for the iPhone

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How to Make M4R Ringtones for the iPhone
Create custom M4R ringtones for your iPhone. (sheet music image by Charles Taylor from

The iTunes Store offers music ringtones for a nominal fee, but you can bypass purchasing ringtones by creating custom ringtones in the iTunes program. As long as your music does not have DRM (Digital Rights Management) protection on it, any song can be converted into a ringtone for your iPhone. To determine whether your song has DRM protection, check to see if the file extension is "M4P" at the end of the song. If so, you must first download the DRM-free version of the song before proceeding.

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Things you need

  • iTunes 8 or later
  • iPhone USB cable

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  1. 1

    Click "Start," "All Programs," "Apple" and "iTunes" to open iTunes on your PC. For Macs, double-click the "iTunes" icon on your screen's dock.

  2. 2

    Right-click the song you want to change and click "Get Info" in the pop-up menu. Click the "Options" tab and check the boxes next to "Start Time" and "Stop Time."

  3. 3

    Type in the start and stop time for the song to set the ringtone playback. Click "OK" to save the changes.

  4. 4

    Right-click the song and click "Create AAC Version." Once the new file is created, right-click the original track and select "Get Info." Uncheck the "Start Time" and "Stop Time" boxes and click "OK" to remove the start and stop times.

  5. 5

    Click "Start," "Control Panel" and "Appearance and Personalization" to view file extensions on your PC. Click "Folder Options" and click the "View" tab. Uncheck "Hide extensions for known file types." Click "Apply" and "OK."

  6. 6

    Drag and drop the AAC version of the song to your desktop. Click the file once to highlight it, and click it again to edit the file extension. Delete "m4a" and type "m4r" at the end of the file, and press "Enter" or "Return."

  7. 7

    Click the "Use .m4r," and right-click the AAC version of the song in iTunes. Select "Delete" from the pop-up menu. Drag-and-drop the M4R file from the desktop to the "Music" tab in iTunes.

  8. 8

    Insert the USB cable into your iPhone and your computer's empty USB port. Click the "iPhone" tab in the iTunes sidebar and click the "Ringtones" tab. Check the box next to "Sync Ringtones" and select "All Ringtones."

  9. 9

    Click "Apply" and disconnect the phone after synchronisation is complete.

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