Apple Music songs are in DRM-protected M4P format that you can’t make iPhone ringtone directly with Apple Music tracks. To set Apple Music tracks as iPhone ringtone, you can convert Apple Music tracks to DRM-free M4A format.

“I want to set my personal ringtone. Can I make a ringtone with Apple Music Track? What should I do? Thank you.”

Are you tired of iPhone’s default ringtones and want to make custom ringtones for iPhone? However, customizing iPhone ringtones is not an easy task, especially setting Apple Music as iPhone ringtone. Luckily, you have come to the right place. In this article, we will explain why can’t you make iPhone ringtone with Apple Music directly, and how to set songs from Apple Music as iPhone ringtone with ease. Let’s explore.

Part 1. Why Can’t You Make iPhone Ringtone Directly with Apple Music?

Apple Music is a streaming music service. With a subscription account, you can to listen to Apple Music on your iPhone. However, all songs you downloaded from Apple Music are in M4P format encoded with Fairplay DRM protection. In other word, you can’t transfer the DRM-locked Apple Music songs to your own device or directly use it as your iPhone ringtone.

On the other hand, iPhone only supports M4R ringtone format, which can be said to be a renamed M4A file. Therefore, to use Apple Music as iPhone ringtone, you need to convert Apple Music songs to M4A audio files. Here we bring TunesBank Apple Music Converter.

Part 2. Convert Apple Music with TunesBank Apple Music Converter

TunesBank Apple Music Converter is one of the best Apple Music Converter as it makes audio conversion a cakewalk for users. This professional tool not only lets you unlock Apple Music DRM, but also allows you to convert Apple Music tracks to M4A, MP3, AAC or FLAC format to make it as ringtone on iPhone. In addition, it also offers the ability to convert iTunes purchased M4P music, iTunes M4B audiobooks and Audible AA/AAX audiobooks to M4A and MP3 losslessly. After conversion, all ID3 tags and metadata will be well kept in the output M4A/MP3 files. In this way, you can add the converted Apple Music files into iTunes library and set them as iPhone ringtones.

Guide: How to Convert Apple Music to M4A for iPhone Ringtone?

To set Apple Music track as iPhone ringtone, the first step is to convert Apple Music tracks and playlist to M4A files. Follow the detailed steps to convert Apple Music songs to M4A with using TunesBank Apple Music Converter.

Step 1. Run TunesBank Apple Music Converter
Click the “Download” button to download and install TunesBank Apple Music Converter on your Mac or Windows computer. When you run the program, iTunes app will run with it. Then it will load your iTunes library automatically.

launch the converter and sign in Apple ID

Step 2. Select Apple Music Songs
Click the “Music” or “Playlist” in the left side, and then select the songs or the whole playlist in the right side. Or you can type the song name in the search bar.

add Apple Music playlist

Step 3. Adjust the Output Settings
Now go to the bottom of the interface to adjust the output settings as required. To set Apple Music song as iPhone ringtone, M4A format is recommended.

Select MP3 Output Formats

Besides, you can change the bit rate, sample rate, output path, etc. for your preference.

customize output settings

Step 4. Start to Convert Apple Music
After completing the above steps, the last step is to save Apple Music songs to computer. Simple click the “Convert” button to start the process.

Convert Apple Music to MP3

Once done, please go to the “Finished” option to find the converted Apple Music files. Click “View Output File” to locate the Apple Music M4A songs.

Apple Music to MP3 conversion completed

Part 3. Set Apple Music as iPhone Ringtone on iTunes

Now you have saved the Apple Music M4A files on your computer, it’s time to use Apple Music as iPhone ringtone on iTunes app. You can refer to the detailed guides below.

Step 1. Open the latest version of iTunes app or Apple Music app on on your Mac or Windows, then click “File” on the menu bar, tab “Add File to Library”to import the converted Apple Music M4A songs to iTunes.

Step 2. After importing the converted files to iTunes, select the song you want to make for iPhone’s ringtone. Then right-click on it and select “Song Info” to go on.

get song info on itunes music

Step 3. It will pop up a new window, just turn to “Options”, enter the “Start” and “Stop” time you want, since the ringtone will run out after 30 seconds. When finished, tap “OK”.

adjust song length on itunes

Step 4. Click “File” > “Convert”> “Create AAC Version”, and there will create a copy of that specific section of the song in your iTunes library.

convert song to aac file on itunes

Step 5. After creation, click on the AAC version of the song and copy & paste it to the desktop, rename it as “.m4r” extension.

Ste 6. Now click on “File” > “Add File to Library” in iTunes, and import the newly created “.m4r” file into iTunes library. After that, connect your iPhone with iTunes, and sync the “Tones” to iPhone.

sync tones to iphone on itunes

Step 7. Finally, open your iPhone, go to “Settings” > “Sounds & Haptics” > “Ringtone”, then pick the song you like.

set song as ringtone on iphone

Great! With the help of TunesBank Apple Music Converter, you can easily use your favourite Apple Music song as your iPhone’s ringtone. What’s more, you can transfer the converted Apple Music files to your iPhone, iPod nano, iPod Shuffle, iPod Classic, iPod Touch, iPad, MP3 player and more devices for offline enjoying!

Set Apple Music as iPhone Ringtone


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