Apple Launches Store for Text Message/Alert Tones

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Apple has launched a new store within iTunes specifically for Ringtones and Alert or text message tones. Many of the new alert tones are dialogue clips and sound effects from famous movies including Star Wars and Jaws. The most popular tone at the moment is a beep-boop-beep from R2-D2.

The iTunes Store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch now includes the Tone Store — an incredible spectrum of music ringtones and alert tones that can be assigned to any alert setting on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Ringtones have been available for purchase for a while, but the Alert Tones are a brand new offering. For a long time, the limited selection of alert tones was a big complaint of iPhone owners, especially those with several iPhones in a single household.

Ringtones are $1.29 and alert tones are $0.99.

To get to the Tones Store, head to Settings/Sounds and select any of the tone options. Then click "Buy More Tones" at the top of that window.

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118 months ago
I'd rather find/convert my own. $1 for a 5 second sound? That's insane!
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118 months ago

For a long time, the limited selection of alert tones was a big complaint of iPhone owners, especially those with several iPhones in a single household.

#firstworldproblems
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118 months ago
Ok...

Ok...will there be any free tones? Can people upload homemade ones for download? How about being able to choose any MP3 as a notification?
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118 months ago
Sorry - I accidentally posted in this thread/news story from 1994 :rolleyes:
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118 months ago
Faq

FYI to everyone to asked. You can use ringtones as your text / alert tones (scroll down past the ‘alert tones’ list), so making your own text tone is the same process as making your own ringtone.

Also you can choose different sounds for:
Ringtone
Text Tone
New Voicemail
New Mail
Sent Mail
Tweet
Calendar Alerts
Reminder Alerts

And you can use your (homemade) ringtones for any of those as well.

edit: This all works on an iPhone 3GS.
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118 months ago
In iOS5 all your ringtones can be used as ringtones and text tones. So, you can create both now, or use your 30 second ringtones for text tones. Pretty awesome!
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