There isn’t much in the way of news today thanks to Apple. I’ll do my best to stop reporting on Apple news after this. Cleverboy over at macrumors has found a way to get free ringtones by changing the file extension. Oh joy!
Update: If you’ve recently updated iTunes then you won’t be able to use the methodology shown here unless you add the following instructions into the fray. Do the steps mentioned after the jump and then change the file extension from m4r to m4a and you should be good to go. Let us know if it works out.
Not sure if someone has shared this, but like every other audio “distinction” in iTunes, “ringtones” are no different. They are AAC files with a special name. In this case, the extension is “M4R”.
1. To add a ringtone to your iPhone, using Windows Explorer or the Finder just duplicate and rename any AAC file to be “M4R”, then double-click on it. This file will be added to your iTunes library automatically.
2. Now, click on your iPhone in iTunes, and go to the ringtone section. You should now see your new ringtone. If you want to be sure about the sync, feel free to click “selected ringtones” and check off the file explicitly, though this shouldn’t be required.
3. Now SYNC your phone. You’re Done!
new iTunes – How to Add Ringtones for FREE [Mac Forums]