The nearly seamless integration between Mac and iPhone (and, begrudgingly, PC to iPhone) makes it a joy to do something I love.
Assign a specific phone ringtone on my iPhone to everyone I know. From husband to mom and dad to work, I have a ringtone for each, and I made them all on my Mac. iPhone users rejoice. There are a dozen ways to add ringtones. This one is easy.
The Beauty Of Ringtones
Ringtones are—perhaps, were—a huge industry for the cell phone networks. They would charge a dollar or two or three for a ringtone knowing that customers love to collect ringtones, me included.
The iPhone changed all that; disrupting their ringtone gravy train.
At least, disrupting it for smart phone users. iPhone users had a bunch of decent ringtones to choose, but it’s much more fun to make your own using whatever music or sound effects fit your whimsy of the moment.
One of my favorite Mac ringtone apps is Ringer. Why? It’s elegant. Simple, even. Easy to use. No nonsense. I don’t want to tweak music or sound to high heaven, I just want another ringtone to satisfy my momentary musical whimsy.
Ringer works the Mac way. Open a sound file—music or sound effects or voice—including MP3s, AAC files, QuickTime movies, M4V—anything that can be opened by QuickTime, including video files.
Once opened, you’ll see the audio waveform on the screen. Scan back and forth to find just the right spot to begin the audio and end the audio. Then, turn on fading. That fades the sound in at the beginning and fades it out at the end.
Ringtones need to repeat, of course, so Ringer lets you control the gap between the repeating rings. You can set the volume balance so the ringtone isn’t too loud.
Preview? Click and you’ll hear the sound exactly as you’d hear it on your iPhone. You’re one click away from ringtone heaven. One click in Ringer creates the ringtone and automagically imports it into iTunes.
During your next sync, the ringtone you created gets synced to your iPhone and you’re ready to use it.
Caveats? Yes, a few. Using Ringer seems too easy. After I did the first few ringtones I created I kept thinking I had to do something else. You don’t.
Of course, Ringer only works on non-protected audio files (older music you may have downloaded from the iTunes Store). So, it won’t cost you extra to make a customized ringtone.
If you need to satisfy a desire to assign an obnoxious song to your sister-in-law’s phone number, Ringer does it in seconds. The feeling of control? Priceless.