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ringtone

The audible sound made by a telephone to announce that a call is coming in. The traditional ringtone was in the 440-480 Hz range, but as cellphone usage grew, it became obvious that ringtone differentiation would become important. Modern cellphones support a wide frequency range that allows for several bars of music to be played. Phones come with a selection of built-in ringtones and accept new ones from one or more ringtone services that are downloaded for a fee. Ringtones have become a fad, providing another mode of self-expression.

MP3 has become popular as a ringtone format because it supports voice. MIDI and Nokia's RTTTL (Ringing Tones Text Transfer Language) formats are used, but for music only. Depending on the phone and format, ringtones can be sent via text messages (SMS), but there is no standard for ringtone transfer for all phones and services. See moantone and Mosquitotone.
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Bigasoft iPhone Ringtone Maker is an easy-to-use iPhone ringtone which helps easily convert music and video to iPhone ringtone M4R including WMA, M4A, WAV, MP3, RA, AVI, MPEG, WMV, DivX, MP4, H.
Bigasoft iPhone Ringtone Maker even enhances the excitement.
Bigasoft iPhone Ringtone Maker works for all iPhones including iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS with iOS 5.
The Windows iPhone Ringtone Maker can be downloaded at:
Much more than a ringtone maker, AV RingtoneMAX is versatile enough to be used as a voice recorder, audio mixer, audio extractor, and audio converter.
Audio4fun's idea of developing a ringtone maker arose from the fact that mobile phone users are not usually completely satisfied with ready-made ringtones and would rather make their own "trade mark" ringtones.
This free ringtone maker program is available for download at Audio4fun.