Another road to ringtones

The premise of its Android application is simple. You start with your own music collection on the phone and wind up with ringtones just a few minutes later.

Here's how to take the guesswork out of ringtones. Start with your own music collection on the phone. Sharetones compares your list to its growing database of user-cut ringtones and returns matches. After previewing and picking, Sharetones will extract metadata information about the sample ringtone and rip your own song to match it, including fade-ins and fade-outs. Bottom line: the only person's music you touch is your own.

If that sounds complicated, don't worry. The application's interface is straightforward. You'll see the ringtone matches appear--tap one to preview or save and rate the song. If there aren't any matches in the Sharetones database, you'll see a link to make your own. The integration of the Ringdroid ringtone editor means you can fashion your ringtones from the app and automatically submit it to the Sharetones database for other users. There's also a new search bar in this version, so you can quickly locate specific songs.

Here's what we'd like to see in the future: an in-preview navigation to scroll forward or backward through ringtone options, and a way to tag favorite ringtone matches from a deep results list. While we're heartened to see the editing software included, Sharetones should also consider partnering with a traditional ringtone seller if they want to become a true one-stop shop. While not every user is willing to pay for ringtones made from their own songs, some will, especially those looking to acquire ringtones in bulk.

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