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Best 4 MP3 to M4R Converters of 2023

sofia albert

Sofia Albert updated on Jan 06, 2023 to iPhone Ringtone Making Tips

M4R is a format widely used by Apple for its ringtone. That means if you want to make a custom ringtone from a song, you'll need to make sure the song is in m4r format. However, most songs we downloaded from websites are in mp3 format. How to convert them to m4r files?

To do this, you may need some converters to help. If you don't know where to find such tools, this guide will introduce some of the best to you.

Top 1. EaseUS Ringtone Editor

The first converter we'd like to introduce is EaseUS Ringtone Editor, which is a useful and easy-to-use iPhone ringtone maker. It comes with a built-in mp3 to m4r converter that allows you to convert an mp3 file to an m4r file with ease. After converting, you can store this converted file on your computer or directly export it to your iPhone ringtone library. 

Beyond that, this program is also equipped with many useful tools like an audio trimmer and audio downloader. With these tools, you can cut the audio file to whatever you want or make a YouTube video into a ringtone for iPhone or download the wanted ringtone from SoundCloud.

Sounds great, right? If you do, you can download it on your computer and follow these steps to convert mp3 to m4r with EaseUS Ringtone Editor.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer and launch EaseUS Ringtone Editor. Next, drag and drop the mp3 file that you want to convert to the editing bar.

Launch EaseUS Ringtone Editor

Step 2. Drag the slider to choose your favorite part of the song, and then click "Clip" to continue.

Trim your song

Step 3. Then, you can customize your clip by adding recordings and sound effects like fade-in/fade-out and emojis sound. Once it's done, click "Export." 

Add recordings and sound effects

Step 4. From the export options, you can choose "Push to iPhone" to export the edited ringtone to your device or choose "Save to Disk" to save it on your computer.

Push the ringtone to iPhone - Step 4

Top 2. Zamzar

Apart from the desktop-based application, you can also use some online converters like Zamzar to get things done. This type of website usually has advantages like ease to use, convenience, and free of charge. But it has a limit on file size and requires a stable internet connection. If you decide to use this online mp3 to m4r converter, follow these steps to do it.

Step 1. Choose the MP3 file that you want to convert.

Step 2. Select M4R as the format you want to convert your MP3 file to.

Step 3. Click "Convert" to convert your MP3 file.

Note: Zamar is just an example of online mp3 to m4r converters. Many similar websites like Convertio, Online-Converter, and M4R online can also handle the same task. If you prefer these websites, remember to choose a safe one to use as some of these websites have deceptive download buttons that may come with viruses.

Top 3. iTunes

iTunes is another possible way to convert an mp3 file to an m4r file. Like the iPhone ringtone maker we introduced earlier, iTunes also allows you to trim the mp3 file before converting. The process involved in using iTunes might be complex, so you'd better handle every step carefully. 

Step 1. Add the mp3 file to iTunes

First of all, you'll need to import the mp3 file you wish to convert to iTunes. To do this, you can directly drag and drop it to your iTunes library, or you can click the "File" button in the upper left corner of iTunes > Choose "Add File to Library" > Locate the mp3 file you wish to convert > Choose it and click "Open."

Add File to iTunes Library

Tips: An additional step is required if you wish to cut the mp3 song. That is to right-click the mp3 file you imported to the iTunes library, then choose "Get Info." From where you can set the start and stop time of the audio file you wish to use. 

Step 2. Convert the mp3 file to AAC format

After importing the mp3 file to the iTunes library, choose it and select "File" in the upper left corner of iTunes > Choose "Convert" > Select "Create AAC Version."

Convert it to AAC version

Step 3. Change the file extension of AAC file from m4a to m4r

Right-click the AAC file in your iTunes library > Choose "Show in Windows Explorer" > Locate the AAC file in your Windows Explorer > Right-click it > Choose "Rename" > Change its file extension from m4a to m4r.

Change the file extension

Note: If you can't change its file extension, that means you've disabled the file extension. In that case, you'll need to click the "View" menu, then check the box next to "File name Extensions."

Top 4. GarageBand

Technically speaking, GarageBand can't be used as a converter. But if you wish to make a ringtone from an mp3 file. This app is well worth consideration. With it, you don't have to use a computer or download any third-party software. The whole process can be done with your device only. Here are the steps to use GarageBand.

Step 1. Download and launch GarageBand on your iPhone > Swipe to find "Audio Recorder" > Tap "Voice."

Convert an mp3 to ringtone

Step 2. Tap the View icon, which looks like a brick wall, to enter the editing section.

Convert MP3 to an iPhone ringtone

Step 3. Tap the Loop icon. Then, you will see three subheadings: Apple Loops, Files, and Music. Choose one that houses your mp3 files. Let's assume that your ringtones are saved in files.

Convert an mp3 to an iPhone ringtone -3

Step 4. Tap the "Files" icon > Choose "Browse items from the Files app" > Drag and drop the song you wish to make a ringtone from to the editing section.

Drag the file to the editing section

Step 5. Drag the long vertical bar to custom your ringtone. 

Step 6. Once it's done, double-tap the songs and select "Split" > Drag the Scissor icon down to divide the song > Delete the unusable section of the song by tapping it twice and choose "Delete."

Step 7. After that, select the down arrow icon from the top-left corner > Choose "My Songs." 

Click My Songs

Step 8. Tap and hold the song you created and choose "Share" > "Ringtone" > "Continue" > "Export."

Step 9. Once you've done it, you can tap "Use sound as..." to set it as your ringtone.

The Bottom Line

That's all about our recommendations for the best mp3 to m4r converters. With any one of these programs, you can convert an mp3 file to an m4r file. Of these options, EaseUS Ringtone Editor is our most recommended one since it is simple to use and rich in features. But if you don't want to install any third-party software on your computer, you can use online audio converters, iTunes, or GarageBand instead.