My motto is, Have ringtones, will annoy. Yes, dear readers, I’m an iPhone-toting, walking-talking ringtone factory. My Mac helps me to create special ringtones for friends, family members, clients, medical staff at the rehab center, even my parole officer.
Why? How? Why? Because it sounds so cool to have a custom sound match a caller. How? The Mac, of course.
Pfft! Who Pays For Ringtones?
Seriously. Who pays for ringtones? It’s a new age. One where the cell phone companies are no longer the overlords on everything on your phone.
In fact, about all they’re good for is complaining to about dropped calls, and complaining to about bandwidth limits.
Ringtones once were a multi-billion dollar business. Apple pretty much destroyed that industry, too.
Why? How? Because it’s so friction’ easy to create your own ringtones. My Mac is adorned with half a dozen ringtone creation apps, some good, some not. Some free, some that should be used as punishment when you vote for the wrong guy. Again.
Alright, I’m getting a little behind myself.
A Few Bucks Makes Ringtones
Ringer is a Mac app that costs a few dimes and nickels, but makes ringtones drop dead easier than pulling lint from your belly button.
The action starts easy enough. Open Ringer. Select a song from your iTunes Library (in the Sidebar). Drag it to the sign that says, Drag Song Here.
Easy so far, right? Ringer gives you typical audio wave forms so you can edit the audio you don’t want to keep, and to make sure the ringtone is the correct length.
Select a section of audio, and edit, accordingly. The Fade In And Fade Out buttons make the ringtone play smoothly.
Click the Preview button to listen to your ringtone creation.
When you’ve got the whole thing sounding just the way you want (loud enough to annoy only slightly, but identifiable as to caller), then click the Save As button.
Ringer moves the ringtone into iTunes and iTunes moves it to your iPhone the next time you sync the two.
Caveats? Navigating music in the iTunes Library is easy, but you won’t be able to edit DRM songs (anything you’ve burned via CD will work fine).
There’s not much to not like about Ringer. It’s easy for iTunes and iPhone users, but for Android and BlackBerry and Nokia and Windows Phone 7 users, the ringtone audio may work, but you have to figure out a way to copy it from your Mac to one of those substandard devices.
Can’t afford the price of a cup of coffee? Here’s How To Make Free iPhone Ringtones On A Mac.