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The terrible value of ringtones

Discussion in 'Apple' started by mattCR, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. mattCR

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    Something is messed up with ringtone costs for iPhone. .99 cents for a 5 second clip is crazy.
     
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    Agreed. Considering the cost of a full song is $1.29, a ring tone should be no more than $.29
     
  3. mattCR

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    Something like that.. my kids had someone at school who had the "It's so FLUFFY!" message tone. That's it. 3 seconds long. 99 cents. No freaking way.
     
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    Can't you still make your own or have they locked that out now?
     
  5. TonyD

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    There are plenty of apps that allow home made ringtones. Also if you have GarageBand you can make your own too.
     
  6. Michael_K_Sr

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    Who needs an app to make a ringtone? You can make as many as you want free in iTunes.
     
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    All of the above is true. However, it doesn't dismiss the point that selling 5 second clips for $1 is insanity. And while you can make them in iTunes, last I checked, most of the ringtones - which are often short clips from films (Despicable Me has 5 in the top 10) are not something you can create within ITunes ;)
     
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    RingTones and SMS are the two worst values in technology. Have been for years.


    That said: I've made a handful of custom ringtones, because I'm cheap :), and it's a good bit of work to get it just right. Have to find a section of the song that works well, get just the right start and stop points, set the fade in and out well, and round-trip it through syncing a few times to get the volume adjusted. It takes me an hour or three to get a ringtone I'm happy with.


    Paying $1.29 to get one done well that you really enjoy...I could see buying one to save the trouble.


    And that said...Audiko.com is a great source of free ringtones!
     
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    A 2 liter bottle of soda/diet soda can often be had for less than a 20 oz bottle. Often the price of a product/service has more to do with what the consumer is willing to pay for convenience, or other intangible reason, rather than the cost to produce said product/service. It will always be that way.


    It is not that I don't agree that they are overpriced, I certainly do. For the few ringtones that I have, I made them myself.


    Now, if you really want to get a good "overpriced" thread started, lets talk about printer ink....


    -Keith
     
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    Right and the company that tried to counteract that filed for bankruptcy. A shame.
     
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    I have plenty of film clips I created in iTunes. Just need to be able to get an audio file to the computer first.
     
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    http://audiko.net/genres/Soundtrack


    Not as well edited, but free :)

    http://audiko.net/ringtone/Agnes
     

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