Ringtones are as popular as ever, especially with the rise of so called smartphones. It seems that especially kids and teens are in a race to have the newest coolest ringtone on their phone before anyone else does.
While you could pay lots of money to buy ringtones for a Dollar or even two, it is not really something that I would recommend you do considering the often horrendous prices that you have to pay for a 20 or so second song loop.
A better way is to create the ringtones on your own which not only is a more rewarding experience as you can make sure that you catch exactly the part of a song that you are most interested in.
It also means that you do not have to pay for the ringtone. While you may have to pay for the music CD, you do not necessarily have to do so either as you can as well record a song from Internet radio for example.
So, in best case, you do not have to pay a cent for the ringtone.
Second, you can repeat the process for as many mp3 files that you have on your system so that you can create a large selection of ringtones that you can switch between whenever you feel like it.
All you need is the freeware Audacity and a method to connect the mobile phone to your computer.
You need to install a library in the program so that it can edit mp3 files. Download the
Update: Note that you do not need to cut mp3 files anymore on many newer phones. You can just pick any mp3 file and even other music formats that are stored on the phone.
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