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The terrible value of ringtones


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#1 of 12 OFFLINE   mattCR

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Posted February 28 2012 - 03:01 PM

Something is messed up with ringtone costs for iPhone. .99 cents for a 5 second clip is crazy.
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#2 of 12 OFFLINE   Richard Travale

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Posted February 29 2012 - 02:10 AM

Agreed. Considering the cost of a full song is $1.29, a ring tone should be no more than $.29


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Posted February 29 2012 - 02:35 AM

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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#4 of 12 OFFLINE   Patrick_S

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Posted February 29 2012 - 08:44 AM

Can't you still make your own or have they locked that out now?

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Posted February 29 2012 - 09:10 AM

There are plenty of apps that allow home made ringtones. Also if you have GarageBand you can make your own too.
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Posted February 29 2012 - 11:44 AM

Who needs an app to make a ringtone? You can make as many as you want free in iTunes.

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Posted February 29 2012 - 11:56 AM

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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Posted February 29 2012 - 12:28 PM

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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Posted February 29 2012 - 02:58 PM

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.


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Posted February 29 2012 - 03:02 PM

Right and the company that tried to counteract that filed for bankruptcy. A shame.
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Posted February 29 2012 - 03:39 PM

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 ;)

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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Posted March 01 2012 - 12:49 PM



Originally Posted by mattCR 

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 ;)


http://audiko.net/genres/Soundtrack


Not as well edited, but free :)

http://audiko.net/ringtone/Agnes