Custom Ringtones for the iPhone… Finally!
It looks like Apple has quietly slipped the ability to import custom ringtones via the latest version of GarageBand. The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) has a quick post up about a new Apple support page that mentions a new “Share > Send Ringtone to iTunes” option.
There have been reports of other options for iPhone users doing various hacks or file renaming to trick the iPhone into taking a custom ringtone. This keeps users from having to buy their ringtones from the iTunes store for $1.99 (when most of their tracks only cost .99 for a high-quality version).
I’m sure when this is officially announced it will be greatly heralded everywhere as a smart move on Apple’s part. Sometimes I think Apple takes wrong turns and makes huge mistakes in their decisions with regards to things like DRM and sharing and usability – but they usually end up proving me wrong when they correct these sorts of issues with a new release or update to the software. For example, people have been dogging DRM on music files ever since there existed such a thing. Apple has DRM’d music tracks for sale on iTunes. Apple doesn’t prohibit adding non-DRM’d files to your iTunes library or syncing to your iPod, but recently made higher-quality, more expensive DRM-free tracks available for sale. Go Apple!