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 3 methods on how to set Apple Music as a ringtone. All these methods won't cost you a penny and any of your favorite songs from the Apple Music library can be set as your custom ringtone easily. Before starting to set them as iPhone ringtones, it should be noted that Apple Music songs should be DRM-free files in M4A. If your songs are not, you can use this powerful music converter - TuneFab Apple Music Converter - to convert them to DRM-free M4A files. For a step-by-step guide, keep reading!

How to Use Apple Music as Ringtone on iPhone with iTunes?

In most cases, Apple Music doesn't allow you to directly set its songs as ringtones of your iPhone since its songs are AAC files protected with DRM. Plus, iPhone ringtone files are .M4A files. To solve this problem, your Apple Music songs should be converted to DRM-free files in M4A. This requires the use of music converters.


  1. TuneFab Apple Music Converter – A Tool used to convert any Apple Music song to an M4A file iTunes so that you can transfer them from your computer to iPhone and set them as your ringtones.

  2. iTunes – To transfer song fromconvert it into M4R, the only audio format used by the iPhone for ringtones computer to iPhone

Why these tools are required?

As you might already find, 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 which is MP3 or AAC file, you need to make sure it is M4R or convert it into M4R, the only audio format used by the iPhone for ringtones.

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, directly converting Apple Music to M4R ringtone with iTunes is impossible.

That's where a specialized Apple Music Converter comes into play. Apple Music Converters 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 ringtones for your iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone XS, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, etc.

Here we will use TuneFab Apple Music Converter. It is capable of converting Apple Music to plain MP3, AAC, M4A, FLAC, WAV and other popular audio formats. For more details and functions of the music converter, you may want to check out our TuneFab Apple Music Converter review.

Now I will show you how to set Apple Music as ringtone on iPhone using iTunes in 3 steps.
1. Rip Song off Apple Music [Removing DRM]
2. Turn a Song into a Ringtone on iTunes
3. Set the Ringtone on iPhone

1. Rip Song off Apple Music [Removing DRM]

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 M4A as output format just like the normal setting of an Apple Music song. 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 M4A Ringtone Format

2. Turn a Song into a Ringtone on iTunes

Step 1. Now launch iTunes and drag the song from the folder to iTunes. Then play it and mark down the start time and stop time of the ringtone part you need. Right-click on the song title and select "Song Info". In the pop-up window, go to tab "Options". Set the duration of the ringtone and hit "OK".

Make Ringtone on iTunes

Step 2. Click "File > Convert > Create AAC Version" from the iTunes menu. Then iTunes will create a ringtone file that you can find under the original song. On Mac, you can right-click on the song and find "Create AAC Version" directly.

Create AAC Version Ringtone

If you can't find "AAC Version", navigate to "Edit > Preferences… > General > Import Settings > Import Using" and choose "AAC Encoder".

Set iTunes AAC Encoder

Step 3. Right-click on the ringtone that has been generated (You can tell it from the original one by its duration). Then hit "Show in Windows Explorer" to get find the ringtone file. if you are using a Windows computer. On a Mac it will say "Show in Folder".

Find the Ringtone File

Step 4. Rename the ringtone file by changing its extension from M4A to M4R.

If you can't see the extension of the file. Try shortcut "Win + S" to launch the File Explorer Options. Go to tab "View" and under "Advanced settings", scroll down and untick "Hide extension for known file types".

Untick Hide Extension for Files

Step 5. Connect your iPhone to your computer with a USB cable. Then Click "Tones" under the "Devices" on the left panel. Drag the M4R ringtone file to the tone list on the right part on iTunes to get it transferred to your iPhone.

Transfer Ringtone from Computer to iPhone via iTunes

3. Set the Ringtone on iPhone

Step 1. Open "Settings" app on iPhone, find and click "Sounds & Haptics" on iPhone 7 or later ("Sounds" on others).

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 XR

How to Make Apple Music a Ringtone Without iTunes?

If you don't install iTunes on your computer or prefer adding fade-in, fade-out, volume or other effects for the ringtone, you should use iPhone ringtone maker apps to make Apple Music a ringtone on your iPhone and then set it up.

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. TuneFab Apple Music Converter – A tool needed to help you first remove DRM protection from Apple Music songs

  2. GarageBand – An iPhone ringtone maker app to create your own ringtone.

1. Unprotect Apple Music Tracks

This step is just like you do with iTunes. You need to use TuneFab Apple Music Converter to get rip of the DRM restriction and download the songs to a M4A file separately. Here's the simple guide on how to download Apple Music.

Step 1. Download TuneFab Apple Music Converter, install and launch it.

Step 2. Find the song you wish to make ringtone of from the library on the converter.

Step 3. Select M4A as the output format and hit convert.

2. Add Apple Music to Ringtone Maker App

After downloading DRM-free 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

In 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, go to Audio Recorder. Tap the broken wall icon and you will see the studio. Click the triangle icon next to the red recording button to avoid other sound from your background. Then hit the loop icon, got to tab "Music" and go to "Songs" to find the ringtone. Drag the item to the track.

Add Apple Music to Ringtone Creator

You can adjust the ringtone length and other output settings, such as volume, audio effects and automation fade in, fade out, etc. by tapping on the microphone icon on the left of the tract. 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 to Ringtone

Step 2. Switch to the "Browser" section and 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. And at this moment, your ringtone has been set as the one you created just now. You can doublecheck it via "Setting > Sounds (or Sounds & Haptics) > Ringtone".

Alternative Ringtone Maker for Apple Music - FonePaw DoTrans

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

FonePaw DoTrans 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. This software lets you add song from computer/iPhone and turn it into an M4R ringtone file. Compared with iTunes, FonePaw DoTrans 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 FonePaw DoTrans on PC.

Step 2. Connect iPhone to PC and open the Toolbox.

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 Maker


Making a new ringtone out of your Apple Music songs seems difficult. But with the three methods introduced above, you can set Apple Music as a ringtone on your iPhone with ease on iTunes, GarageBand, and FonePawDoTrans. The key is to change their format as M4A and remove the DRM encryption on Apple Music songs by TuneFab Apple Music Converter. In this way, you can make a ringtone and set it as your iPhone ringtone.

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