The AppStore has been missing a few features from their online store for the iPhone, one of those is ready-made custom ringtone versions of songs, used for incoming calls.
Apple will be revealing the ready-made ring tones next week at their press conference, only if they are able to get them ready in time. The custom ringtones have been missing from the iPhone since its debut, limiting consumers to a selection of preloaded ringtones featured on the iPhone. Currently consumers have to edit their own ringtones through third-party software or use iTunes to edit their own music to create ring tones for their device.
Jailbroken iPhones can already download ringtones free of charge directly to their iPhone, without the need of iTunes, using the Cydia application.
Apple will be selling the ringtones in the AppStore but prices have not been revealed as of yet. iTunes currently has one of the largest online digital music collections available to the general public. With this online collection, converting songs to ringtones should be simple for Apple, creating ringtones for nearly every artist available in its library.
Consumers could be paying $0.99 for a thirty seconds clip of their favourite track as a ringtone, but pricing will be announced this coming Wednesday September 9, 2009.
In the mean time if you're looking for a free alternative then sites such as Audiko offer iPhone ready ringtones at no cost.