Apple has always been a producer of software and hardware that has great appeal to those that consider themselves unconventional. That should be enough of a hint to the vast popularity of the ringtones for iPhone right now and the personalization of these mobile phones. There is a price attached to it, but people have many choices when it comes to the personalization of their iPhone.
The iTunes users can presently customize their sound tracks and they can even create their own iPhone ringtones. Now the iPhone comes equipped with a ringtone maker, which lets the user pick one of the hundreds of thousands of songs that the iTunes Store has.
On this site you can pay 99 cents for any song that has a bell next to it. That bell means that it can be converted to a ringtone. First, you pay for the song and you buy it. Then, the new owner can play any part of that song and add special effects to it, while keeping only 30 seconds of it to form the ringtone.
You pay another 99 cents for the ringtone, so it costs you $1.98 to create an iPhone ringtone through iTunes. If you go buy your ringtone from somewhere else, it will cost you $2.49, so this is a bit cheaper. After you buy your new ringtone, you sync the iPhone to the system and you download it. Easy!
Experts from the industry are talking and arguing on how effective the cost is, but users don´t seem to be too impressed. The problem is that users don´t want to pay twice for a song.
Because if you pay for the song to own it, you have to pay again to make it a ringtone. While $1.98 is a good price, the fact that you already own the song and you´re not allowed to use it as a ringtone unless you buy it again is a problem for most people.
Some people are actually talking about using the iPod manually, by choosing a song and playing it when the iPhone vibrates or rings. This is because this way it´s legal and iPhone users don´t have to pay an extra dollar for a song to make it a ringtone.
Of course, as you would expect, there are plenty of tips online to work around this problem. Some say that it would be enough to buy the iToner for $15 and use it to convert songs into ringtones, so you don´t have to pay a dollar for each song.
There are even forums that deal with these activities. Some suggest that it´s enough to simply change the extension of an iTunes song to that of a ringtone. So, take the AAC music files and manually change their extension to M4R (that ringtones have). That´s it, you can sync the iPhone and take the ringtones.