If you own an iPhone, it is highly likely that you will not mind free iPhone ringtones as long as the free ringtone downloads are from a credible source right! But perhaps you are aware that indeed gone are the days when generating free iPhone ringtones was a no-brainer because all you needed to do was simply rename a song in your library to an appropriate extension and sync it to your phone. This goodie was unfortunately swept away with the entry of iTunes 8 which came with some smart playlists that made it difficult to create and customize free ringtones.
Of course iTunes will give you the freedom to make and download a ringtone from a song you acquire from their stores, but then they are not free right . Since not all of us can sustain paying for ringtones all the time, and given that technology is an exciting tool that provides us with multiple options, there is now a smart method you can use to make and download free iPhone ringtones right from your iTunes library.
1. Launch iTunes and identify the song you would like to convert into a free ringtone.
2. Right click on the file, select ‘Get Info’, click the ‘Options tab’.
3. Check the ‘Start Time’ and ‘End Time’ sections and specify the length of time you would want the free ringtone to run (no more than 30 seconds); press OK.
4. On your menu bar, click ‘Advanced’ then choose ‘Create Apple Lossless Version’ or ‘Create AAC Version’. Please note that the import settings in your iTunes need to be set to ‘Apple Lossless or ‘AAC’, not MP3′.
5. iTunes will show a duplicate copy of your chosen song with the same file name but a much shorter play period.
6. Now get back to the initial song, un-check the boxes for ‘Start Time’ and ‘End Time’.
7. Get hold of the duplicate song and drag it onto your desktop.
8. Be sure that the duplicate song is well copied to your desktop, then delete it in iTunes.
9. Now go to the song on your desktop, select the file and rename it to a .m4r extension (e.g mysong.m4r ). This renaming action will automatically convert the song to a fie that is compatible with iPhone ringtones.
10. Get hold of the newly renamed song and drag it to iTunes, then drag the file right over the ‘Library ‘column. Wait until the ‘Library’ is highlighted then release. You should now see your free iPhone ringtone under the iTunes ringtones section. Please be sure you deleted the duplicate song, otherwise your .m4r file will not be imported by iTunes.
11. Sync the iPhone to activate your new free cell phone ringtone.
That is all, you can now go a head and have fun with your free ringtone.