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How to Convert MP3 to Ringtone with iTunes or without iTunes

by Brian Fisher • Sep 27,2020 • Proven solutions

How do I convert an MP3 file into a ringtone with iTunes?

With iTunes, creating a ringtone can be so easy. No need to buy or download a ringtone. You can directly convert your favorite MP3 songs to a ringtone. Learn more about how to convert MP3 to Ringtone in iTunes with our step-by-step guide. Apart from iTunes, you can also find another powerful converter to help you make ringtones without iTunes.

Part 1. How to Convert MP3 to Ringtone in iTunes

Ringtone comes in M4R Format. It is also known as an AAC (M4A) file. It is similar to MP3, but it compresses the music files into Ringtones efficiently. M4A is one of the standard MPEG-4 formats. In short, M4R compresses digital music files with the least loss of audio quality. Its default Encode settings for making Ringtone is AAC. So before converting into Ringtone, we have to change the MP3 format into AAC.

Step 1: Select MP3 Song from iTunes

Open iTunes and select target MP3 music files from My Music or Playlists. Right-click the target music file to select 'Get Info’.

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Step 2: Trim MP3 File for Making Ringtone

You need to trim the music file to less than 40 seconds. Under 'Get Info’ windows, go to 'Options’ tab and then specify the start as well as the stop time. This will trim the long MP3 music file.

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Step 3: Select AAC Encoder from Import Settings

As MP3 files cannot be used as Ringtones, you have to convert MP3 into the AAC version via iTunes. You can directly right-click the target music file and choose 'Create AAC Version’ from the pop-up menu. You can also select the 'Edit’ menu and choose 'Preferences’, which will open the General Preferences tab for further settings. Under that, select 'Import Settings’ to choose 'AAC Encoder’ from Import Using drop-down menu and click 'OK’.

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Step 4: Rename AAC File to M4R Ringtone Format

Open the AAC music file in folder of your PC and change the extension of the file from AAC or M4A to M4R, which stands for the iTunes Ringtone. Now, drag and drop the converted Ringtone file into iTunes again. Look out for an iPhone icon over the main interface of iTunes. Sync your iPhone device to upload the Ringtone automatically.

Part 2. How to Convert MP3 to Ringtone with UniConverter in Seconds

Turning an MP3 song into a Ringtone via iTunes may seem like a tedious task. So if you fail to make ringtone with iTunes, here is a better way where you can directly convert any MP3 song into a ringtone. UniConverter is a program thatcan directly convert any audio file into Ringtone (M4R) format easily. Let’s get to know more about this wonderful MP3 to Ringtone converting tool.

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How to Convert MP3 to iTunes Ringtone using UniConverter (Only 3 Steps)

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Step 1: Add Audio (MP3) Files in the Ringtone Converter

Open UniConverter and then start adding MP3 files in the program. You can add whatever audio that you want to be your ringtone.

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Step 2: Select M4R Ringtone Format

Choose 'M4R’ file from Audio Category to convert the MP3 files into Ringtone. Edit and Trim the MP3 Audio file below 40 seconds.

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Step 3: Choose the Output Folder and Convert

Modify Output folder settings. Here you can directly choose your device if it is connected to your computer. After these settings, click 'Convert’ to run the MP3 to M4R conversion process. It will be converted instantly. Within seconds, your MP3 music file will be converted into iTunes Ringtone.

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Free download UniConverter and have a try! You can have any ringtone from any video or audio files for your iPhone!

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