How to Convert MP3 Files Into Ringtones

If you can convert MP3 files into ringtones, you can make it easier to customize your new iPhone. Choosing a ringtone and matching ringtones to your contacts is one of the best parts about owning an iPhone in the first place. iTunes also makes it easy for you to purchase ringtones. But, what if you already bought or created MP3 files that you'd like to use for ringtones? Do you have to buy ring tones brand-new, especially if you already paid for the songs?

Not necessarily. While purchasing a ringtone is easier than data file conversion, you can turn an .mp3 into an iPhone ringtone with minimal fuss. Here's how to do it:

Edit The MP3 To Ringtone Length: Before you get started, make sure that your mp3 is the right length, as your ringtone can't go over 30 seconds. Use an audio editor like Audacity or Garageband to get the right time.

Convert The MP3: Import your MP3 into iTunes, and right-click on the file when it appears. Choose the option "Create AAC Version" from the menu that appears.

Rename The File: Once the AAC version has been created, all you need to do is move the file to a new folder and rename the extension to ".M4R," which is the extension for ringtones. Then double-click the file, and iTunes will import the new version of the file. You'll be able to use the ringtone the next time you sync your iPhone to iTunes.

You may not be able to create these ringtones as easily with later versions of iTunes, as Apple might want to encourage people to pay for their ringtones. If that happens and you still want to convert your files into ringtones, or if you have many ringtones to convert, you may want to invest in software like iToner, which costs $15.

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