How to Sell Your Ringtones on iTunes and Earn Money

The number of iPhone users is considerable at the moment, and it keeps increasing each passing day. That means you have a pool of potential customers to sell ringtones to. To reach them, what should you do, and what are your options? That’s a million-dollar question, and its answer could be a breakthrough in your music career. Do you want to figure this out? If nodding, what about we dive into how to sell your music online to these potential customers. Keep reading.

  1. iTunes

You can sell ringtones on iTunes by posting them on this music download site. That’s where these iPhone users go first when in need of a great ringtone. Ensure that you have all the requirements to get started with creating content for iTunes. Some of them include an Apple ID, International Standard Recording Code (ISRC), Universal Product Code (UPC), and a U.S. Tax ID, just but to mention a few. Besides those financial requirements, you also need to meet some technical and content requirements. Upon applying, Apple will review it to see if you meet the requirement. If yes, you will receive their approval to get started with selling your ringtones on iTunes and earning money from it.

Simply upload your ringtones and wait for your dues. The amount you get depends on the number of downloads you get which is fair enough. It is also important to note that you can’t receive the money before earning a certain amount of money. As much as there are limitations, you get to enjoy the services for free. Above all,you get a relatively high commission for your ringtones.

  1. Third-Party Sites

On the other hand, you can choose to go for a music distributor. That’s often the best option for a number of reasons. For instance, it is a good alternative if you don’t have an Apple ID. You need not shift from Windows, Linux, or Android to Mac or iOS to start selling your ringtones on iTunes. On the contrary, you can use your current operating system to create an account on a platform that will post your music on iTunes on your behalf. Such an approach also means not worrying about a U.S. Tax ID and other technical, content, and financial requirements needed to post your music on iTunes.

Did you know that you need not less than 20 albums to upload your music on iTunes? Yes, and one can only imagine what that means to a new artist. There is no need to wait until you get content for such a catalog because a great third-party site will sort you out.  However, those benefits come at a cost. Those who have used them before say that the fee is worth every penny. The commission is also low, but that’s fair given the little that you get to do.


Ringtones give artists yet another way of making money from their songs. There are two most common ways of doing so, and you can choose either. Let the above discussion highlighting their advantages and disadvantages help you make an informed decision.