From the article: iPhone Ringtone Creation and Installation Programs
There are numerous options for creating iPhone ringtones. From the tool built into iTunes to third-party freeware and paid apps, there are lots of ways to turn your favorite songs into ringtones. But what to choose? If you've created iPhone ringtones, tell us what tool you used and why here. Share Your Experiences
- I use Garageband on my Mac. It gives me all of the tools I need! I can drag and drop a song from my iTunes, focus on the section of the song I want, and export as a ringtone directly back into my iTunes. Plus you can make your own mixes if you want!
- —Guest Alex
- I've used iRinger to create a lot of ringtones and have had no issues w/ it. It even worked fine after the most recent iPhone OS update. It is free to download and use for regular ringtones, or you can donate to the author and recieve a full version w/ a few sound customizations to create unique ringtones. I appreciate the work developers put into app's like iRinger, so I donated and recieved the full version. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to avoid the "per ringtone" fee charged by Apple.
- —Guest Adrian
- Instead of paying for a ringtone download an app called Audacity - the best freeware sound editing software out there in my mind. Cut the song to whatever you want your ringtone to be. Then simply convert the song with a program like Switch Sound File Converter (also free) from whatever filetype it is to a .m4a. Then just go into the file and change it manually (don't use a converter, just type this in) to a .m4r - the iTunes ringtone file. Seems like a decent amount of work, but in reality it only takes a few minutes. Plus, you get ringtones that are exactly what you want. And best of all - they're free!
- —Guest Kyle