September 3, 2009
Apple already offers users the ability to create their own 30 second iPhone ringtones from iTunes Store songs for $.99, but according to CNet, they may begin offering ready-made ringtones starting September 9th.
Owners of Apple's iPhone have long had the ability to create custom-made ringtones for their devices. The new music snippets are mainly a convenience, as they make it possible for iPhone owners to obtain a pre-cut ringtone instead of having to create their own. Apple has obtained the rights to offer ready-made ringtones for the iPhone and managers are trying to have them available in time for next week's press conference, music industry sources told CNET News.There is no word on pricing for the new ready-made ringtones, but it is assumed to be less than $3. Before you get all fired up about how you can already make your own ringtones for free with ease, remember that running a business is all about making money. These ready-made ringtones are intended for those who just don't want to deal with the hassle of creating ringtones or don't know how. Not every iPhone user is a technology nut. However, if you would like to learn how to make your own custom ringtones with ease, there are many, many options. You can check out one of our how-to articles for a relatively simple method. Or you could just use this method: Choose any song in your iTunes library, right-click and select “Get Info." Click the "Options" tab and set the start and end times for the song to the section you want to have as your ringtone, just remember this can be no more than 40 seconds in length. Click "OK" to exit and right-click on the file again and click "Create AAC Version." Go hunt for the file in your iTunes music folder and change the extension to .m4r and import it into iTunes. That's it. Not only will it save you "less than $3" but now you also won't have to wait until September 9th for a ready-made ringtone. Save your excitement for new iPods.