How to Sell Ringtones on iTunes and Make Money

If you are looking for an excellent way of making money, sell your music online. It means getting extra money without doing much since once you upload the music, all you have to do is wait for payments based on your fans who download them. Whereas music downloads are great, ringtones are even more popular. Most people use them, and some have more than one ringtone,not forgetting the huge number of people using mobile phones today. If you want to give it a shot, this article is a must-read. It discusses in detail how to sell ringtones on iTunes and make money. Read on!

  1. Uploading your ringtones on iTunes Directly

It is no secret that Apple products are quite regulated. The same case applies to the ringtones, and they are only available via iTunes. Therefore, a sure bet of selling your ringtones to iPhone mobile users is uploading them directly on iTunes. This is as simple as creating content and availing it to Apple users. However, to get started, you need financial requirements, content requirements, and technical requirements.

Financial requirements include having an Apple ID,  U.S. Tax ID, International Standard Recording Code (ISRC), and Universal Product Code (UPC). Upon meeting all the requirements and submitting the application, you can leave everything else to Apple. That’s because it is their responsibility to review your application and approve it if the reviewers deem it fit. The approval marks the beginning of you making money through selling ringtones on iTunes.

It is important to note that the payment you receive isn’t fixed. The more the number of downloads, the more the money you receive. It is also absolutely free, which is an added advantage if you choose this method to sell ringtones on iTunes.

  1. Uploading Your ringtones on iTunes Indirectly

Just like the first method, your ringtones will be available via iTunes. However, instead of uploading them yourself, you will use a third party. If you don’t have an Apple ID, this is what you should do if you want your ringtones available on iTunes without having to acquire the ID. Besides the ID, you also don’t need to meet the rest of the financial, content, or technical requirements. Did you know that iTunes has content requirements is having at least 20 albums? Under such circumstances, selling ringtones on iTunes remains a dream for new artists.

That’s where this option comes in. As an artist, all you need is a music distributor who will upload on your behalf. Besides uploading, you also don’t need 20 albums to start making money. Additionally, it is not free, but that’s understandable given the intermediary who deserves to get something for the efforts put into making the availability of your ringtones on iTunes a reality.


From the above discussions, you have two ways of selling ringtones on iTunes and make money. One of them is doing it directly, and all the details are now at your disposal, no doubt. The next option is letting someone else handle the uploads and paying them something for the services.