3 Easy Ways to Convert M4A to M4R to Create a Ringtone for iPhone

Lisa Ou

May 06, 2020 17:00 / Posted by Lisa Ou

Why people convert M4A to M4R format? Well, M4R is the official format for iPhone ringtone. You can buy M4R ringtones from iTunes store directly. Or you can convert audio from M4R to M4R as a ringtone. If you have no idea how to change a M4A to M4R, you can continue reading to get the detailed steps.

3 Easy Ways to Convert M4A to M4R to Create a Ringtone for iPhone

1. M4A vs M4R

M4A is an audio format used by Apple iTunes store. You can find your purchased songs and audiobooks in .m4a format. You can be confused with M4A and MP4. Well, M4A and MP4 both use the MPEG-4 codec. However, M4A is a container format of audio only, while MP4 can store video, audio and subtitle data.  

As for M4R, it is the essential format for creating an iPhone ringtone. To be honest, an M4R file is a renamed AAC (m4a) file. You can find that some iTunes songs are not available for converting to M4R format. The problem is that you need to check whether the M4A song supports M4R ringtone creation or not.

Since M4A and M4R are both developed by Apple, you can find many similarities. As for the difference between M4A and M4R, M4R is used for ringtone only, while you can play M4A files with more choices.

2. How to Convert M4A to M4R with Video Converter Ultimate

During the M4A to M4R conversion, the fast conversion speed is not the only thing you need to consider. Moreover, you had better prepare an audio trimmer to extract audio clip for M4R ringtone. The iPhone ringtone length is 40 seconds or so. During this time, you can use FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate to convert and edit audio files in one stop. What you can get from the professional M4A to M4R converter software? Here’re the main features.

  1. Convert M4A to M4R as ready-made iPhone ringtones.
  2. Create your iPhone ringtone by trimming and merging MAR audio clips.
  3. Adjust audio settings to maintain, improve or reduce audio quality and file size.
  4. The M4A to M4R audio converter software works with Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X 10.11 and earlier.

Free download, install and launch FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate. Drag and drop your M4A audio files into the main interface. Or you can click Add File on the top toolbar.

main interface

Click Profile near the bottom. Set M4R as the output audio format. You can choose M4R – iPhone Ringtone (*.m4r) from General Audio.

set output format

Click Settings to get the Profile Settings window. Here you can change audio encoder, channels, sample rate and bitrate. Then click OK to save changes.

profile settings

If your M4A audio is more than 40 seconds, you can click Trim to set the start and end time. Just check Duration and make sure it is no more than 40 seconds. Click OK to get a new audio clip.

adjust video

Click Convert to convert audio from M4A to M4R format. Now you can move the converted M4R file to iPhone and set it as ringtone directly.

3. How to Convert M4A to M4R Online

There are many online free audio converters in the market. In many cases, you just need to convert an M4R file to M4R online. So the maximum file size does not matter a lot. If you want to get some customizable audio editing tools, you can try Online-convert to convert M4A o M4R for free online.

Open Online-convert and head to its M4A to M4R online converter section. You can choose Convert to M4R under Audio converter in the left panel.

Click Choose Files to add a M4A audio file from the local drive, URL, Dropbox or Google Drive.

Under Optional Settings, you can change audio sample rate, channels, length, codec and file name.

Click Start conversion to convert from M4A to M4R online.

convet m4a to m4r online

4. How to Convert M4A to M4R with iTunes

ITunes can help you change audio format from M4A to M4R. Just add your M4A file into iTunes library. Later, you can create an AAC version with iTunes.  You can change the file extension from .aac to .m4r manually. The main disadvantage is that the entire progress is complicated. It is a little time consuming to convert M4R to M4R audio with iTunes.

To start with, check iTunes update. Make sure you are using the latest iTunes version.

Choose Add File to Library from the File drop-down list. Browse and add your M4A file to iTunes library.

Choose Get Info or Song Info from the right-click menu.

In the Options section, set the start and stop time. The selected audio portion should be less than 40 seconds. Then click OK to confirm.

Go back to the File list. Choose Convert and Create AAC Version to create an AAC version.

Right-click on the new AAC file. Choose Show in Windows Explorer or Show in Finder to find it. At last, change the file extension to .m4r to change a file name extension.

create aac versions itunes

All in all, you can convert M4A to M4R ringtone with FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate, Online-convert and iTunes. The advantages and disadvantages of an online M4R audio converter are obvious. As for iTunes, there is no direct way to convert audio to M4R format. You cannot listen to the M4A song while trimming. The output audio quality is not guaranteed. If you want to create high-quality iPhone ringtones, you can free download FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate and have a try.

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