Here's some exciting news for those of you who have an iPhone and want to have the Star Wars Imperial March play every time your mother-in-law asks you for help installing the latest sudoku game: with a bit of file-extension tweaking and judicious use of the new iTunes 7.4 for Windows or Mac, you can now customize your ringtones without having to donate another 99 cents to Steve Jobs' favorite retirement fund.
At a special event in San Francisco today, Apple's Steve Jobs announced that a new version of iTunes (download for Windows or Mac; CNET review) will allow users to create their own ringtones from more than 500,000 songs in the iTunes store. The ringtones will cost 99 cents, in addition to the price of the songs themselves. The custom ringtones can last up to 30 seconds and can be created from any section of a song.
The new version of iTunes, expected later tonight, will eventually add a bell icon next to songs in the iTunes store that … Read more
It's a pretty boring Billboard ringtone chart this week, with the same crowd of top-10 contenders simply shuffling around.
"Adios Amor Te Vas" by Grupo Montez de Durango is back in first place, while Henry Mancini's funky "Pink Panther" ringtone is in second and the Koji Kondo "Super Mario Brothers Theme" is in third.
So, let's review one of the quickest methods for making your own.
While there are many programs available for making your own ringtones, some cell phones offer you a simple three- or four-click solution.
This is old … Read more
Adios, "Adios Amor Te Vas."
The "Pink Panther" ringtone by Henry Mancini swapped with you from No. 3 to No. 1 last week. Now this week you crawled back up to second place pushing Mancini to third, only to be bested by Elton John's "Your Song."
Whether or not Sir Elton John's "Your Song" sans Ewan McGregor is really worthy of first-place ringtone status in America, is a debate for another site.
Still, it's good to be reminded of what's out there as an option for your own … Read more
Anytime Rick Carnes is out and hears a song played as someone's ringtone, well, it's like music to his ears.
Carnes, a songwriter for nearly three decades, laughs when he considers that his work is more valuable as a ringtone--just a few seconds of his music--than a full version of one of his songs downloaded from the Web.
"Where's the logic in that?" asks Carnes, president of the Songwriters Guild of America.
I may have just found the best cell phone ring tones ever. They're not really ring tones per se, actually they're direct quotes, but you can still use them to indicate a call. Zingy is offering quotes from Airplane!, which I believe is one of the finest cinematic achievements of all time. Gems like "Stop calling my Shirley" and "I've haven't seen anything like this since the Anita Bryant concert" and "Joey, have you ever been in a Turkish prison?" now can grace your otherwise ordinary cell phone. And if … Read more
Fans of The Simpsons Movie will be pleased to know that you can now get the film's full soundtrack as cell phone ringtones. Among the available tunes are two versions of "The Simpsons Theme," "Doomsday Is Family Time," "Release the Hounds," and the catchy "Spider Pig." And these are real melodies, mind you, and not mediocre Midi jingles. Each clip costs $2.99 from Zingy or you can get three tones for $4.99. Now all you need is one of Samsung's Simpsons phones for the total experience. And don'… Read more
There aren't many, but one of the downsides of the digital revolution is noise pollution. The proliferation of gadgetry in our society has given rise to a constant cacophony of beeps, rings, buzzes and Beyonce ringtones. On any given day, the sound of our own phones is enough to push us over the brink, which is why we usually keep them on vibrate. But even a vibrating phone can sound like a buzz saw when it's bouncing around on a wooden desktop.
Here's one possible solution that could work equally well in a deafening office where a … Read more
Who's responsible for the No. 1 ringtone in the land this week? We don't know. Billboard.com doesn't know, and they create the ringtone chart. Are you responsible? Please own up.
"NYSE Bell" by Unknown is the most-downloaded ringtone in America. We're assuming it's the sound of the New York Stock Exchange bell ringing, but there's really no way of knowing.
Locked in at No. 2 is a tune everybody knows: the "Super Mario Brothers Theme" by Koji Kondo.
And what else could follow a ringtone written by a Japanese … Read more
No, you're not going crazy (necessarily) if you find yourself imagining that your phone is vibrating in one of your pockets. Or, if you are, you're far from alone.
That's the shorthand conclusion of a recent USA Today article that reports a phenomenon dubbed "phantom vibration syndrome," also known as "vibranxiety." So what causes this irritating ghost ring, anyway?
"You come armed with this template that leads you to be attentive to sensations that represent a cellphone vibrating," Jeffrey Janata, director of the behavioral medicine program at University Hospitals in Cleveland, … Read more