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When Apple withdrew the ability to create your own ring tones with the launch of the iTunes 10 edition, the only option at that time was to buy the song then adopt it as a ring tone.
With the arrival of new 3rd party apps however you can now use your own tracks, create new ones, buy them or simply add one of the many hundred pre-installed ringtones on your iPhone.
Ringtone Designer Pro Price: $0.99 Using tracks in your library this one time payment as the app manufactures claim will enable you to pick and choose your own ringtones, text tones or alert tones. User’s beg to differ though. Text tones will only last up to about 15 secs and loading newly created tones tends to cause a freeze or crash or warning. It’s latest version does get an average 4.5/5 star rating from 4000+ users so otherwise the rapport is good.
RingTunes Price: $5.99 This ringtone creator lets you choose 40 seconds from your chosen track, you can select which part of the song you want to cut and also whether you’d like it to fade in or out. You can preview your editing and the sound quality is retained as an M4R file. Quite pricey for a ringtone app but the few user reviews seem positive.
Caller ID Ringtones Price: $0.99 Unlike assigning a different ringtone to different people in your address book, this app actually announces the name of the person. So if you’re driving down the highway or watching an all important footie match then save you having to concern yourself who it is, the app does that for you. From 2000+ names to pick from and 500 relationship status’s, if it’s your ex, it will say: “your ex is calling”, or if your nephew has an odd name it will just say: “your nephew’s calling”. In case someone else in the room also has this app running, you can program the app to say: “Hey, your name….so and so is calling”. For under a dollar it’s pretty handy plus you can still assign ringtones to people. Good reviews.
Ring Tone Wizard Pro Price: $0.99 For under a dollar this app probably gets the best rep. You can slice up a track up to 0.1 seconds accuracy. Customize the volume and the length with 40 seconds being the max. Freeze-ups or crashes appear non-existent with this app and with all the bells and whistles included like fade in fade out, customizing anyone with a particular tune or even your alarm, its interface makes this app self explanatory and if you’re having trouble setting it up, it comes with a video installation guide.
Tone Creator Price: $0.99 Firstly, check what’s new in the recent upgrades as this app gets great reviews apart from the fact that it states it can create text tones, which it appears it can’t. What it can do is create ringtones, alert tones, convert tracks into tones, record a tune on your iPhone or around you and convert it into a ringtone and you can retain the HD quality of a track with a 40 second time limit. You can make tones for special friends or family and when editing as opposed to some ringtone kits which force you to choose the segment you wish to cut by using your finger to scroll the screen – this app lets you input the exact time frame. The only negative is stating you can create text tones which you can’t. Either they fix this or they should remove it from the features list in the description.