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I want custom ringtones on my iPhone… what to do, what to do?
I could purchase ringtones for tracks I already own from iTunes but that just isn’t cost efficient. (read- it’s a rip-off)
I could use Garageband to simply and easily create ringtones from any track on my harddrive (yes I mean ANY track YOU own), but that takes a bit of research to learn how to do it. (a little research, not a lot)
I could spend $14.95 forPocketMac’s RingTone studio and easily and automatically turn any un-drm-ed music (and we mean UN-DRM-ED) into 30 second ringtones. (what could be easier!)
HMMMM- ripoff vs. free vs limited plus $15 for the software?
Our Take?? It doesn’t matter how nice the interface of RingToneStudio is- as a post at TUAW notes the
application doesn’t do anything that you can’t already do with GarageBand and a little bit of knowledge
What does a "bit of knowledge" mean? Let me put it this way- I was using my first Mac for less than a week last fall before I started using GarageBand to simply and easily make whatever ringtones I wanted. It didn’t take any experience to speak of and once you created the first ringtone it was an absolutely simple process from there.
I even blogged about it over at JustAnotheriPhoneBlog noting–
Hidden under the “Share” menu in GarageBand 08 is a button to send custom tunes to iTunes as a ringtone. Say what? That’s right, you can now create your own ringtone and use it on the iPhone without having to first perform a jailbreak.
Having never before used GarageBand I wanted to see what all the fuss is about so I fired up the program, recorded some notes and sent it to iTunes. A short sync with my iPhone later and… a new ringtone.
Since RingToneStudio is Mac only and every Mac ships with GarageBand if you are on a Mac you already OWN the tools you need to create ringtones.
Sorry PocketMac but our recommendation is this-
Use the stock ringtones that come on the iPhone (there are enough of them already). If you must have custom ringtones use GarageBand and save the $15 to use on an app or two next week.
Heck, we couldn’t even find a free demo to try the software.
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