Loud Ringtones review

Loud Ringtones features a gallery of sounds from police sirens to trumpet calls and, though not all are of high-quality, most of them won't disappoint you. While this app's claim of providing "the loudest ringtones available for your Android device, hands down," is questionable, one thing's clear: This app can make noise. The most annoying thing about it, though, is the fullscreen advertising.

Loud Ringtones comes with a straightforward but rather unappealing interface, which features 45 different sounds you can use for ringtones, notifications, alarms, or to assign to a contact in your address book, … Read more

Convert audio to ringtones using OS X Terminal

Have you encountered a sound bite, or perhaps a full song, that you would like to use as an alert or ringtone on your iPhone? If so, then you can do so using a simple utility available in the OS X Terminal to convert into a tone for your iOS device.

The utility is called "afconvert," which stands for "Audio File Convert" and is a tool that Apple has included in OS X since 2003. As its name suggests, this tool allows you to specify one audio file and convert it to another format, managing bitrates … Read more

Ringtones 600,000+ and Ringtone Maker review

Ringtones 600,000+ and Ringtone Maker provides you with nearly unlimited options for new custom ringtones for your phone. You can select from thousands of preloaded tones, or you can create your own ringtones using clips of music from your iTunes library. Create the tones in the app, save them to your computer, and then sync them to your phone from iTunes to make your ringtone stand out from the crowd.

This app has a relatively intuitive interface, with main menu options to make a ringtone from music, make one from a recorder, access the list of your downloaded ringtones, … Read more

Review: DJ Sound Effects and Ringtones offers an attractive soundboard

DJ Sound Effects and Ringtones is a fine soundboard app for songs, but it's missing actual sound effects. It's essentially just a collection of nice, if somewhat generic, songs you might hear in a club mixed with a healthy dose of advertisements. You can interact with the songs in several ways, though.

This app gives you approximately 50 tracks that sound like they were made for a steamy club or dance hall. You can listen to them one by one as well as turn them into a ringtone, notification tone, or alarm for your smartphone. You can even … Read more

'Fat-Bottomed Girls' ringtone interrupts BBC politics show

What does your ringtone say about you?

If your phone or tablet alerts you with "Get Your Tongue Out of My Mouth, I'm Kissing you Goodbye," would anyone who heard it think you have green beans for brains?

If it emits "I Wish You Were a Beer" from touchingly tight girl metal band Cycle Sluts From Hell, might someone think you were an alcoholic -- or had a questionable relationship history?

And where do you stand on "Fat Bottomed Girls"?

This Queen classic -- of a sort -- suddenly emerged during a live … Read more

Review: ZEDGE Ringtones and Wallpapers offers numerous customization options

ZEDGE Ringtones and Wallpapers is a finely constructed tool for finding new ringtones, notification sounds, and wallpapers for use on your iPhone. While there is ad support and the interface can be at times a bit cluttered, the volume of options and free downloads included in the app more than make up for it, and it runs very fast and very smoothly on every device we tested it on.

When you download ZEDGE and open it for the first time you can immediately start looking for customization tools for your phone. You don't have to sign up for an … Read more

The 404 1,319: Where we look through the other side of the glass (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- AOL still makes $600 million a year in Internet subscriptions.

- The creator of the iPhone's text message noise explains its origins.

- JewGlass: Google Glass app gives directions to Kosher restaurants and sets prayer-time reminders.

- Twitter messages can pinpoint restaurants with food safety issues.

- All You Can Arcade delivers arcade cabinets to your door.… Read more

Review: Funny ringtones includes lots of tones, but the laughs are hit or miss

Funny ringtones includes dozens of ringtones for you to explore, but you might not find any of them amusing. Most of them use base humor and some are just generic tones and music sound-a-likes. Still, if you want to browse tons of ringtones at once, this is a decent way to do it.

There's no other way to say it--this app offers a downright dreadful layout. It's a pain to use, looks like it was designed for 2010-era Android, and features badly placed ads and menu buttons. Even worse, the app's ringtones sometimes don't even play … Read more

Review: Create new ringtones with Ringtone Maker

Ringtone Maker is one of dozens of apps on the App Store designed to create ringtones from the music and songs already on your phone. While it is possible to purchase ringtones from the iTunes store, and the limits on certain tracks in terms of DRM make it hard to convert any track to a ringtone, this is a well-crafted app that works quite well for free.

Open Ringtone Maker and you can choose to either review the online collection of ringtones created by the app's users--usually home recordings or indie bands--or to make your own ringtone from your … Read more

Vringo for Android 2.0.183 Review

Specializing in artistic and experimental cinematography, Vimeo is one of the most popular video streaming and hosting Web sites. This official app brings good news to all Vimeo fans as it enables users to view videos anywhere via their Android mobile device. While the Vimeo app does a good job of displaying content, it lacks some features that its competitors have achieved long ago.

The installation and setup for Vimeo is surprisingly simple. The application is small and loads very quickly. Once the app has been opened, the user must sign in to their account or register for a new … Read more