Apple AT&Tempts to block free iPhone ringtones with iTunes update

Jeff

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Article link: http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/09/10/apple-blocks-free-ringtones-with-itunes-update_1.html

Apple has released an update to iTunes that blocks users from creating free custom ringtones and then syncing them to an iPhone. Despite Apple's best efforts to thwart users, a workaround has already been found and posted to the Internet.

A method of using iTunes to create ringtones for the iPhone using songs not purchased from the iTunes Store was first posted by Macrumors.com on Friday. Users confirmed after installing iTunes 7.4.1 last night that the method no longer worked.

However, an Engadget post on Saturday details a workaround for the update, again allowing the free ringtones to be synced to the iPhone.
When Apple first announced the ability for users to create custom ringtones earlier this week, it was only meant for songs purchased from the iTunes Store. Users would have to pay an additional 99 cents for the ringtone.
Third-party applications like Ambrosia Software's iToner have been updated to work with iTunes 7.4.1 and is available from the company's Web site.
 

ps49556n

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Why do you have to post this when it has been news for the past three days?
 

Revans310

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WOW all this for a Ringtone. :confused:
 
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They have a right to charge for add-ons. Most likely any major features besides ringtones will have to be purchased as well. The iPhone was designed to be a huge money maker for Apple and that's just the way it's going to be.

I am predicting that within a week, there will be no way to add your own ringtones other then that iringer program or whatever it is called.

Apple has a right to do what they want, they made the iPhone and we willingly purchased it.
 

z28black98

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WOW all this for a Ringtone. :confused:
just bought my iPhone sat night but i found with Ibrickr that it will transform any mp3 into a ringtone. Does all the work for you, just select the mp3 file from the folder, and magic! If you don't know anything about ibrickr, check it out. I have found it very useful, especially since I am new to the whole iPhone thing.
 

Maaz

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lol i still have the old iTunes because my updater wouldn't work, and now i wont update on purpose, good thing :) i still got my custom ringtones, and i wont update till they work with newer iTunes.