Some people collect tattoos. Some collect cooking ware. I collect music, photos, movies, and Mac and iPhone apps. My latest find is easy, cheap, fun to use, and downright useful.
Yes, it’s yet another ringtone app. I’m a sucker for 99-cent apps. Is it any wonder my Mac backups take longer these days? Have no fear. This ringtone app is drop dead easy cheap useful fun.
Ringtone Industry, Where Art Thou?
Remember when cell phone ringtones cost money? The phone companies made billions selling music, song snippets, and sound effects to unsuspecting customers who didn’t know the better way.
Apple showed the world a better way. The Mac has a dozen ringtone apps. Some free. Some not. All make ringtone creation a few clicks.
My latest find is iAm Ringer. The attraction? The colorful icon. Yes, boys and girls, guys and gals, I’m a sucker for attractive Mac app icons.
It also helps that they’re dirt cheap and that they’re merely a single click away in the Mac App Store. Cheap. Useful. Fun. The trifecta of a Mac app addict.
iAm Ringer, Therefore, iRing
This app is a new favorite because it’s just too easy to create and collect ringtones for your iPhone. You know you want a special ringtone for your mother-in-law’s calls, right?
iAm Ringer starts up a bit slowly at first. It’s busy collecting all the songs you have in iTunes. Once it’s done, select a song, drag the song length over the location in the song where you want to create the ringtone and click.
That’s it. Click and rename the ringtone. One more click saves it to iTunes. The next time you sync up your iPhone you’ll have another ringtone to choose.
There are other features to iAm Ringer, but who iCares? Yes, you can change the ringtone length, the fade in and fade out, expand the waveform editor, increase or decrease sound volume.
Of course it works fine on pretty much whatever music is in iTunes—AAC, WMV, MP3, WMA, WAV, etc. Even the ringtone’s timeline can be edited to make a totally unique ringtone.
That makes iAm Ringer a steal for the price. It’s also representative of what we see in the early days of the Mac App Store.
It’s basically a slick and sassy one-trick-pony app that does what you want. Quickly, easily, cheaply. Just like many thousands of apps in the iPhone App Store—except it’s for a Mac. Did I mention the very cool icon?