Now I Know Why Ringtones Are a $500 Million Industry

Posted by: Rob Hof on December 20, 2005

… because the stock ringtones that come with the phones bite. I just got a new cellphone for the first time in a long time, and the one Verizon chose as the default is awful. So are just about all the rest of the choices. It’s embarrassing to answer a call.

So while I never thought I’d bother to buy a ringtone—yeah, yeah, I know, I’m way out of touch—I’m now in the market. I’m kind of intrigued by Xingtone, which sells software to let you make your own, but really, I’ve got a life to live. I do like its links to some sites with interesting ‘tones, such as World Music Ring Tones. They’ve got everything from an Egyptian wedding procession rhythm to an “Afro-Slavic groove” for $1.99 a pop, plus other “100% organic loop-free earth tones … to make your cell phone fit better into the natural cycles of your life.” Well, OK then.

Of course, if anyone has any ideas about where to get something good and free, I’m all ears.

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Reader Comments

PXLated

December 21, 2005 02:50 AM

So what's wrong with a simple "ring". The phone did come with one of those didn't it?
;-)

Ben

December 21, 2005 09:15 AM

www.3gforfree.com from your phone works great

Rob Hof

December 21, 2005 10:02 AM

Actually, I can't even find a regular old ring on the phone! Maybe I can record my old StarTac ring and use that....

Steve

December 21, 2005 12:23 PM

I tried Xingtone - very easy and well worth the $20. Great stocking stuffer.

JimMc

December 21, 2005 12:52 PM

If you buy a data cable for your phone (should include phone software) then do a midi search, you can find some cool (free!) songs to download. I did a midi search here: http://www.midisite.co.uk/

Scott

December 21, 2005 03:53 PM

Depending on the quality of your phone you can make your own in about 5 minutes. If you can connect it to your computer and the phone allows super ringtones (a.k.a mp3 files) then you can download a free mp3 editing software, rip a song from your favorite CD (of course one that you bought the rights to) and then edit it down to about 30 seconds of your favorite part, save the file send it to your phone. Free ringtones for you, and you can change it when you want. I personally use Bluetooth to send the files and then Audicity. So edit away. The program is pretty easy to use and once you get it set up and use it once or twice, it takes maybe 2 minutes to cut a song to a ringtone. Best part is you pick which parts of the song you want.

Anthony Wayne

December 22, 2005 11:49 AM

If you want to find out more about the ringtone industry (and where are the best places to purchase them), I suggest you check out the Cool Ringtones Blog (www.coolringtones.blogspot.com).

Allison

June 2, 2006 02:25 PM

MyxerTones (www.myxertones.com) lets you make ringtones from music on your computer. You can even customize it to use the exact portion of the song you want. I got 2 free credits just for registering and then got 4 more for referring one of my friends to the site.

Jason Dillery

October 24, 2006 04:01 PM

MyxerTones (www.myxertones.com) is now totally free! Just yesterday they dropped the two free credits and now have unlimited credits. Way cool!

Doug

December 28, 2006 11:28 PM

Crostel (www.crostel.com) lets you convert your music and pictures and send them to your phone for free. It works a lot like MySpace but it's for your phone. I hope you like it!

Televator

August 3, 2007 02:51 PM

I've found this simple (even stupid) site
www.makeownringtone.com
One-page, don't require registration or anything else. Upload mp3 > crop > download ringtone.

Abdul Sumar

July 12, 2008 02:55 AM

Yes I like myxertones because it lets you make custom ringtones and send it to your phone - if only it were free. Another good website that offers free ringtones is http://www.2downloadfreeringtones.com

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