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

Lisa OuUpdated by Lisa Ou / August 05, 2021 16:30

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
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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.

You are allowed to convert M4A to WAV with ease, too.

  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.
Video Converter Ultimate
Video Converter Ultimate

Video Converter Ultimate is the best video and audio converting software which can convert MPG/MPEG to MP4 with fast speed and high output image/sound quality.

  • Convert any video/audio like MPG, MP4, MOV, AVI, FLV, MP3, etc.
  • Support 1080p/720p HD and 4K UHD video converting.
  • Powerful editing features like Trim, Crop, Rotate, Effects, Enhance, 3D and more.

Step 1Free 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.

add mkv file

Step 2Click Profile near the bottom. Set M4R as the output audio format. You can choose M4R – iPhone Ringtone (*.m4r) from General Audio.

choose mkv file

Step 3Click Settings to get the Profile Settings window. Here you can change audio encoder, channels, sample rate and bitrate. Then click OK to save changes.

video converter ultimate profile settings

Step 4If 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.

edit mkv file

Step 5Click 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.

Video Converter Ultimate
Video Converter Ultimate

Video Converter Ultimate is the best video and audio converting software which can convert MPG/MPEG to MP4 with fast speed and high output image/sound quality.

  • Convert any video/audio like MPG, MP4, MOV, AVI, FLV, MP3, etc.
  • Support 1080p/720p HD and 4K UHD video converting.
  • Powerful editing features like Trim, Crop, Rotate, Effects, Enhance, 3D and more.

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.

Step 1Open 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.

Step 2Click Choose Files to add a M4A audio file from the local drive, URL, Dropbox or Google Drive.

Step 3Under Optional Settings, you can change audio sample rate, channels, length, codec and file name.

Step 4Click 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.

Step 1To start with, check iTunes update. Make sure you are using the latest iTunes version.

Step 2Choose Add File to Library from the File drop-down list. Browse and add your M4A file to iTunes library.

Step 3Choose Get Info or Song Info from the right-click menu.

Step 4In the Options section, set the start and stop time. The selected audio portion should be less than 40 seconds. Then click OK to confirm.

Step 5Go back to the File list. Choose Convert and Create AAC Version to create an AAC version.

Step 6Right-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

5. How to Convert M4A to M4R with Music App

iTunes has been replaced by Finder on macOS Catalina and later, but you can also use Music App to covnert M4A to M4R format instead.

Step 1Connect iPhone to Mac with USB cable, then run Music.

Step 2Click Music > Preferences > Files > Import Settings, then choose M4R and click OK.

Step 3Select your M4A format and click File > Convert > Create M4R Version.

6. How Do I Change M4A to M4R through Recording

The last method you can try is to record M4A format on computer, then record and save it into M4R format. FoneLab Audio Recorder is highly recommended to you to capture audio on both WIndows and Mac with simple click. Moreover, it is really easy to use. Below is how.

Step 1Download and install FoneLab Audio Recorder on computer. Select Audio Recorder > Enable System Sound.

Step 2Click REC button to begin recording. Play M4A format on computer until it is finished. Then click stop icon and save recorded audio file into M4R format.

As you can see, FoneLab Audio Recorder is more than a simple tool to help you capture audio from computer, it can also record screen, video, webcam, gameplay, onlien course and more if you want.

7. FAQs about How to Convert M4A to M4R

Question 1. Is M4A and M4R the same?

M4A is a file extension for a lossy compressed audio file that is encoded with advanced audio coding, while A M4R file is an iTunes Ringtone file.

Question 2. How to Convert an MP3 or M4A File to an iPhone Ringtone?

Import the audio file into iTunes and choose Settings > Convert xxx to AAC > Convert xxx to M4R. Then move back to iTunes and transfer it to iPhone.

Question 3. Is M4A better than MP3?

M4A is higher-quality format with small size. However, MP3 is more compatible with more devices.

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.

Video Converter Ultimate
Video Converter Ultimate

Video Converter Ultimate is the best video and audio converting software which can convert MPG/MPEG to MP4 with fast speed and high output image/sound quality.

  • Convert any video/audio like MPG, MP4, MOV, AVI, FLV, MP3, etc.
  • Support 1080p/720p HD and 4K UHD video converting.
  • Powerful editing features like Trim, Crop, Rotate, Effects, Enhance, 3D and more.
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