A way to use iTunes to create ringtones for the iPhone using songs that have not been purchased from the iTunes Store was first published on Macrumors.com. Users have confirmed that this method had stopped working after installing iTunes 7.4.1.
However, an entry in Engadget offers details on how to bypass the update, thereby again obtaining the ability to sync free ringtones to the iPhone.
When Apple introduced the ability for users to create ringtones, it was noted that the feature was only functional with songs purchased from the iTunes Store; to do this, users would have to pay an additional 99 cents per tone.
Third-party applications such as iToner by Ambrosia have already been updated to work with iTunes 7.4.1 and are available for download from the company’s website.