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How to Convert Music to an iPhone Ringtone on a Mac

by Art Corvelay
  • Overview

    Apple's iPhone is a cell phone that has many different features, from a media player to a fully functional Internet browser. Although the iPhone comes equipped some default ringtones, you can also create your own iPhone ringtone files from your electronic music library. You can create ringtones from your music files on a Mac without purchasing any third-party software.
 
  • Step 1

    Open Garageband. This is a software application that comes with all Mac computers and allows users to edit music files.
  • Step 2

    Click "Create new project" from the menu. Name the project and click "Create."
  • Step 3

    Import the audio from the music file you want to convert into a ringtone. Drag the file from its folder and into Garageband.
  • Step 4

    Turn on the "Cycle region" feature by clicking the button immediately right to the "Play" button on the bottom of the application. This icon looks like two arrows in a oval shape.
  • Step 5

    Choose a region of the song to create a ringtone out of. On the very top of Garageband you will see what appears to be a ruler. Click and drag your mouse over this ruler and it will select the region you selected and turn it yellow.
  • Step 6

    Click "Share" on the top menu bar and then "Send ringtone to iTunes." The file will automatically open in iTunes.
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  • Music file Garageband
  • Music file
  • Garageband
  • IPhone ringtones cannot exceed 40 seconds in length.
  • IPhone ringtones cannot exceed 40 seconds in length.

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