Archive for September, 2007

Customised Ringtones For iPhone

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

Apple has unveiled the feature set for the next version of iPhone. One of these is custom ringtones -30-second snippets from pop songs. These snippets are an industry in themselves earning $5 billion a year, worldwide. At present only about half a million of the store’s 6 million songs are available as ringtones. More are following once Apple gets permission from the record companies, for each sone.
Heres how it works –

  1. Set the options to display the ringtone icon – View menu > View Options > Click Ringtone checkbox.
  2. Buy a song from Apple’s iTunes store for $1that bears the little bell [ringtone] icon.
  3. Download the song to the iTunes program on your Mac or PC
  4. Click the little bell icon to open up a the ringtone editor.
  5. Select a slice of the song, between 3 and 30 seconds long
  6. Set options to either loop or fade in or out.
  7. Buy the ringtone for another $1 and transfer it to your iPhone.

Apple is selling a ringtone and the full song together for $2, that’s a bargain when you consider that the clip lasts a lifetime and the price of ringtones from Telcos

Pop song ringtones from:

T-Mobile and Sprint – $2.50 each

Verizon – $3 each

NOTE: Incredibly, Sprint ringtones only last 90 days before you have to pay another $2.50 to keep it. Verizon’s last only a year.

AND you don’t get to customize them, choose the start and end points, adjust the looping and so on.

Not sure that I agree that you should have to pay more to “play” the ringtone on your phone – surely it is no different than playing a clip on your CD player, MP3 or PC. With the number of free ringtones available from countless dubious sources, it seems to be a common agreement….but if you have to have one….it seems like the deal from Apple is hot.

One more up for Apple!

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