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How to Use Apple Music Songs as iPhone Ringtone

By Catrina Jones

Updated on January 23, 2020

What do you usually do when you want a customized ringtone for your iPhone? Buying one from iTunes Store or creating a unique ringtone from the music you already have, such as Apple Music tracks? For those who have already paid for Apple Music service, you probably want to use a specific Apple Music track as ringtone on iPhone. In fact, that's a good idea and not a hard thing to accomplish.

In this post, I'll show you how to set Apple Music as ringtone step by step. You can choose any of your favorite songs from Apple Music library and create your custom ringtone easily. Here's how.


TuneFab Apple Music Converter

RintoneMaker - iPhone Ringtone Make App

GarageBand - iPhone Ringtone Make App

Why these tools are required?

As you might already know, that Apple Music songs are not available in the list of ringtone options on your iPhone even though they're downloaded locally on your iPhone. Why? Well, to make an iPhone M4R ringtone from an existing song, such as MP3 or AAC file, you need to convert that song into iPhone M4R ringtone file, and the same goes to Apple Music songs.

But the difficult part of turning Apple Music into iPhone ringtone lies in the fact that Apple Music tracks are protected M4P files. Locked by Apple's FairPlay technology, it is impossible for you to convert Apple Music to M4R ringtone with iTunes.

Under such circumstance, a specialized Apple Music Converter will be very useful because it can help you get DRM-free Apple Music songs in a few clicks and after that, you can import them into ringtone creator or software and create custom ringtone for your iPhone XS, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, etc.

I highly recommend that you use TuneFab Apple Music Converter. It is capable of converting Apple Music to plain MP3, AAC, M4A, FLAC, WAV and other popular audio formats. You can check out our TuneFab Apple Music Converter review to fully understand all its amazing feature.

Next, I'll walk you through the procedure. It involves the following 4 steps to convert Apple Music to iPhone ringtone.

1. Unprotect Apple Music Tracks

2. Add Apple Music to Ringtone Maker App

3. Create Ringtone from Apple Music Songs

4. Set Apple Music as Ringtone on iPhone

1. Unprotect Apple Music Tracks

Step 1: Download TuneFab Apple Music Converter and finish installation. If you are using the free trial version, you can only convert 3 minutes for each song, which should be enough for making ringtone though.

Step 2: Launch the program and select the song you want to set as ringtone. Choose 256 Kbps MP3 or M4A as output format. When finished the output settings, click "Convert" to start the conversion.

Step 3: When it says "Completed" in the status, you can click the output folder and get unprotected Apple Music on your PC.

Convert Apple Music to iPhone M4R Ringtone Format

2. Add Apple Music to Ringtone Maker App

After downloading DRM-free MP3 or M4A from Apple Music, you can transfer these songs from PC to your iPhone for making ringtone on iPhone. With tools like iTunes, Dropbox, OneDrive or iCloud Drive, you can easily save the converted songs locally on your iPhone. Here we use Dropbox as an example.

Step 1: On PC, sign in Dropbox and upload the converted Apple Music songs into Dropbox folder. Then sign in Dropbox on your iPhone and make sure all songs are synced to your iPhone successfully.

Transfer Apple Music to Dropbox

Step 2: Download and install two apps on your iPhone, one is RingtoneMaker, and the other is GarageBand.

Step 3: Now open Dropbox app on iPhone and select the song you want to set as ringtone and click at "...", tap at "Export" > "More" and choose "Copy to RingtoneMaker". Then the song will be added to the RingtoneMaker app.

Copy Apple Music to Ringtonemaker App

Step 4: Select a song in RingtoneMaker app and click at the "Make" icon, then slide left in the pop-up windows below, find and click GarageBand icon. Then you will be directed to GarageBand and the song will be added to GarageBand's "Recents" section.

Copy Apple Music to GarageBand App

The following part I will show you how to use GarageBand to make ringtone with the imported songs.

3. Create Ringtone from Apple Music Songs

Step 1: On GarageBand, select the song that you want to set as ringtone.

Add Apple Music to Ringtone Creator

You can djust the ringtone length and other output settings, such as volume, audio effects, etc.Please note that ringtone needs to be 30 seconds or less otherwise this app will automatically adjust your ringtone to the appropriate length.

After editing the ringtone, click at the upper left button and click "My Songs" to go back to the song list.

Edit Music

Step 2: Long press the music file and click at "Share". Choose "Ringtone" from the pop-up window.

Choose Ringtone on GarageBand

Step 3: Edit the name of your ringtone and click "Export". A few seconds later, you will see a pop-up message asking you to choose a ringtone type: Standard Ringtone, Standard Text Tone and Assign to Contact. Here I pick "Standard Ringtone".

Set Music As Standard iPhone Ringtone

It's done! You have successfully created a ringtone for iPhone with the songs you downloaded from Apple Music library. Follow the steps below to use Apple Music as iPhone ringtone now!

4. Set Apple Music as Ringtone on iPhone

Step 1: Open "Settings" app on iPhone, find and click "Sounds & Haptics".

Step 2: Scroll down and click "Ringtone", then you can see the newly created Apple Music ringtone appeared at the top of the default iPhone ringtone list.

Step 3: Tap at the song you want to set as ringtone and it's all done!

Use Apple Music as Ringtone on iPhone


Apart from free iPhone ringtone maker app, you can also use iTunes or other ringtone program to create M4R ringtone from your favorite Apple Music songs. But no matter which ringtone tool you choose, the first step is always to unprotect songs with Apple Music Converter.

However, if GarageBand or iTunes is a bit complex for you to handle, here's a much simpler tool that you might be interested in. It's called TuneFab WeTrans.

Alternative Ringtone Maker for Apple Music- TuneFab WeTrans

TuneFab WeTrans is built with a feature that lets you create ringtone for iPhone with local music files on PC, and when the ringtone is done, you can directly transfer it back to your iPhone, without using iTunes. TuneFab WeTrans lets you add song from computer/iPhone and turn it into an M4R ringtone file. Compared with iTunes, TuneFab WeTrans is much more convenient because it allows you to edit iPhone ringtone length, ringtone volume, ringtone starting and ending point, etc.

It's simple to use as well:

Step 1. Launch TuneFab WeTrans on PC.

Step 2. Connect iPhone to PC.

Step 3. Add DRM-free Apple Music song to the ringtone maker program.

Step 4. Set iPhone ringtone length and click "Generate" to create M4R ringtone for iPhone.

Step 5. Automatically transfer the generated ringtone back to iPhone and use Apple Music as ringtone.

Apple Music Ringtone Converter

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