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Apple adds ringtones to iTunes store

updated 02:30 pm EDT, Tue September 11, 2007

iTunes/iPhone ringtones

Users can now purchase iPhone ringtones based on already purchased tracks from the iTunes store for $.99 each. The functionality was announced during Apple's September 5th media event, where new iPods were introduced and the iPhone's price was cut $200. The process is relatively straightforward. Users select a ringtone-eligible song from their iTunes Music library, click the bell icon next to the song name, or choose Store > Create Ringtone, then use the ringtone editor (which appears at the bottom of the screen) to adjust the highlighted area to choose the preferred segment of the song (up to 30 seconds). The next time the iPhone is synced, the ringtone will appear in the Settings section.

With regard to tips on creating a good ringtone, Apple says: "If possible, start and end your ringtone at natural breaks in the song -- the audio waveform can help you find these spots. Or use the Fade In or Fade Out feature to ensure a smooth transition between rings."



You can also assign a ringtone to a specific contact by going to the Phone application, and then tapping Contacts. Choose a contact, and then tap Edit, then "Assign Ringtone" and choose the ringtone.





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  1. jmelrose

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Weak

    Seems like a pretty weak selection of tunes so far. Not impressive. I'm not gonna pay $1 for a section of a song I feel lukewarm on.

    I'm also not gonna pay $2 to buy a song from iTunes and make a ringtone when I already own the CD. SHame on iTunes for not allowing CD owners to use their own CD-ripped stuff to make the ringtones. Definitely not representative of the "own your music" mantra the store started off with.

    Grumble grumble.

  1. iphoneistic.com

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    I agree

    It is ridiculous that we must pay again for a song we already own (and purchased in many cases from them)! I hope Apple changes the pricing and requirements of source (like ripped music)

  1. SSharon

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    research

    I hope people learn what licensing is all about and how a personal license to listen to a song and a license to use a song as a ringtone are not the same.

    Yea I know it sounds crazy that ringtones are special because they are public or something but this isn't up to apple and when you bought your CD you did not buy a license to make a ringtone out of it.

  1. OCStingFan

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Ringtone maker

    The ringtone maker that Apple has added to iTunes is a tool to help you convert songs from the iTunes Store into ringtones. They didn't have to include it per se, and people have been making ringtones from ripped CDs using other software that is freely available. No need to knock Apple for complying with legal restrictions and/or charging fees for the ringtones you chose to make within their interface. They do not owe you a ringtone maker for all your songs.

  1. nhmlco

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Not ready for prime time

    Tried using the service earlier today and got extremely informative errors. (-42160) Just tried it again, and was able to finally buy a ringtone. However, now iTunes says my phone isn't authorized to play it. Tried giving feedback on the Apple site and the feedback form blew up.

    Figures.

  1. nhmlco

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Down

    Looks like they've been pulled.

  1. MacZealot36

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Song Selection

    What I found that was weird was a selection of say 6 songs from the same album that I bought from iTunes only 4 out of the 6 were valid to make ringtones?? That doesnt make sense.

    Anyone else notice that?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: research

    I hope people learn what licensing is all about and how a personal license to listen to a song and a license to use a song as a ringtone are not the same.

    But people keep saying they don't want to rent their music, they want to own it. So you're saying I don't own my music, I'm just licensed to listen to it in a few limited ways? Then, h***, I might as well just rent it for the cheap and not worry about it.

    And maybe you need to realize that, if I buy a book, I may just be 'licensing' the right to read it, but I also have the right to loan it to someone, give it away, sell it, or do what I want with it. I also have the right to take excerpts of it to use for various other things. I can decide to stand on the steps of city hall and read it aloud. These are my fair use rights, and the same rights I have with my music.

    BTW, when I buy a CD, there is no license agreement that says I can't use it for a ringtone. So why does Apple keep me from using it as a ringtone? Just because they can't make money on it?

  1. notehead

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    b o r i n g

    I'm trying, but I can't think of a consumer tech niche less interesting and less meaningful than CUSTOM RING TONES. I can't believe that Apple is putting time and money into making it easier for customers to annoy people around them with their phones. As one of our fellow MacNN'ers said yesterday, "this whole ringtone thing has gotten waaay outta hand."

  1. pdmarsh

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Ringtone Volume

    I tried out the ringtones feature last night, and after I figured out how everything worked, it did. However, I was sorely disappointed with the volume level that was created in the ringtone.

    I spent a few minutes selecting the portion of the song I wanted to use (instrumental portion), and specifically selected portions with high pitched sounds that I should be able to hear just fine when the iPhone rang from within my belt holster. It sounded perfect on my Mac. However, after I created the ringtone, and synched it to my iPhone, I was sorely disappointed to find that it was so soft as to be unusable.

    What's disappointing is that Apple clearly knows that ringtones need to be louder to be useful. The default ringtones on the iPhone are clear and loud on the iPhone's tiny speaker, however limited they may otherwise be. Since user created ringtones are uneditable, and there was no option to adjust the volume in the creation of the ringtone anyway, I probably won't be creating any more.

    There needs to be a way to try out your ringtone creations on your iPhone before committing your payment, since there's no correlation between how it sounds on your Mac and on your iPhone.

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