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How to Make Ringtones/Alerts/Text tones on iTunes 12 in Mac/Windows

iTunes 12 released with an “elegant new design” in favor of the fatter, more minimalist design of iOS 11/10/9/8 and macOS High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite. In iTunes 12, Apple has changed the iTunes icon from blue to red(ish). And it’s not just the icon that has adopted the new design. The navigation bar has been reorganized with a line of icons for music, movies, TV, audiobooks and apps along the top left of the navigation bar while hiding other less-used options behind a “more content” menu within the iTunes 12 window.

iTunes 12 retains all most all the practical little tools which makes it easy for users to make ringtones, text messages tones and alerts for their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. This article will guides you on how to make ringtones, alerts, text tones on iTunes 12 for iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPod touch 5, iPod touch 4, iPod touch 3 in macOS Sierra, OS X El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard, Leopard, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. Support iTunes 12.7, 12.6, 12.5, iTunes 12.4, iTunes 12.3, iTunes 12.2, iTunes 12.1 and iTunes 12.0.

The guide only works for making ringtones from iTunes supported audio files like MP3, AAC, M4A, WAV, ALAC. If you want to make ringtones video files or other audio files, refer to this guide.

Step-by-Step Guide on how to Make Ringtones/Text Tones/Alerts in iTunes 12 in Windows and Mac

Step 1: Launch iTunes 12.

Step 2: Right-click on the song and select “Get Info” to view the song properties.

Under your songs list, Right-click on the song and select “Get Info” to view the song properties. If there is no songs in iTunes Library, you can click “File” -> “Add File to Library” to add music files to iTunes 12.

If you cannot add music, songs, audio files to iTunes (iTunes 12.7 included), you can follow the guide to successfully add files to iTunes. Then continue the next steps to make ringtones with iTunes.

Step 3: Custom Ringtone/text tone/alerts length

  1. In the pop-up window, select “Options” tab.
  2. Fill in the “Start time” and “Stop time” to extract the portion of song you want to custom as ringtone.

Make sure ringtones is no longer than 40 seconds, and text tones or alert tones is in 2-5 seconds or 5-30 seconds.

Step 4: Create ACC Version

Right-click on the song. Then click on the “File” menu. In the droplist of “File” menu, you will see the “Convert” option. Click on the “Convert” option, you will see “Create ACC Version” and press it. If you right-click the song but shows “Create MP3 Version” you can change “Create MP3 Version” to “Create AAC Version”.

iTunes then automatically extracts the portion of song you have instructed in the previous step. And will automatically appear in iTunes Music Library

Step 5: Locate the converted AAC file

Step 6: Rename .m4a extension to .m4r extension

Step 7: Add the .m4r file to iTunes 12

In iTunes, move to “Tones” section, then click on “File” -> “Add File to Library” to add the .m4r file to iTunes. The ringtone will automatically be added to the “Tones” library in iTunes. You can now sync it to iPhone as a ringtone or text tone. Enjoy!

Step 8: Delete the m4a song you have just created in iTunes 12 Music library (Optional)

Go back to iTunes Music Library. Right-click on the m4a song you have created and select “Delete” to delete the song.

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