How to Shorten Length of Songs

By Chad Buleen

Shortening the length of a song can be especially beneficial if you hope to add the song to a mix of other songs, or if you want to make the song a ring tone. Many phones require ring tones to be much shorter than a full song. Although there are different kinds of software for sale that can shorten a song, you can shorten a song for free by using the iTunes program already installed on your computer.

Step 1

Double-click "iTunes" to open it.

Step 2

Right-click the song you want to shorten.

Step 3

Select "Get Info."

Step 4

Click "Options."

Step 5

Click the boxes next to "Start Time" and "Stop Time."

Step 6

Type the new start and stop times into the appropriate boxes.

Step 7

Click "OK."

Tips & Warnings

  • After shortening the song, double-click the song file in iTunes and the shortened version will play. If you do not like the way the shortened song sounds, follow the outlined steps, and uncheck the "Start Time" and "Stop Time" boxes to reset the song to its original settings.