Ring tones

Yahoo! Music Engine review

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Here’s a look through my DIY goggles of the new Yahoo! Music Engine. It’s not really a review, I didn’t buy a song (and may never) but was interested in using it as a music manager on my PC since I get asked about which ones work the “least worst”. It’s pretty good- supports OGG and FLAC and plays nice with all the wacky devices I have for the most part. The thing I was most interested in was the Plug ins. I downloaded the Podcasting / Slurp one, the Line In recorder, Unix style shell and Alarm Clock- there are many more and anyone can develop additional ones. Here are some screenshots.

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New MAKE Audio show: Tiger review, DIY Ringtones, Car AI, Skype payphone

makeaudio.gifHere’s the latest audio from MAKE Magazine! In this Make audio show- we review Mac OS X Tiger, talk about- weather cartels, DIY Ringtones, interview with a car’s AI, Skype payphone test (it worked!) listener calls and more. Right click or Control + click to download this MP3 to you local system or add the MAKE Audio feed to your podcasting application and get the show automatically! Show notes after the jump…

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Free MP3 ringtones from the USPTO

The US Patent Office has a kids section of sounds called “Trademark Soundex” – it’s a great collection of trademarked sounds in MP3 and WAV formats. They make excellent ringtones and samples to mix in with music you might create. [via] – Link.

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HOW TO – Stop paying for ring tones

Wired has a good article/how-to on making your own ring tones using our favorite audio tool, the open source Audacity. You’ll need – Cell phone with MP3 ring-tone support CD or MP3 of the song Audio-editing software that allows export to MP3. If you don’t already have this, Audacity is a good open-source program you […]

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Turns out we all want to pay *more* for ringtones?

ImagesMakers, are you OK with paying more money for ringtone than you would for a complete song? These folks seem to think so – “According to The NPD Group, a leading provider of consumer and retail information, consumers are willing to pay more for a 30-second snippet of a song track to be used as a ringtone than to download an entire song track. In addition, consumers are willing to pay a premium (above the average $0.99 price for paid music downloads from the Web) for the convenience of downloading a full song directly to their mobile phone wherever and whenever they want.” Link. Wouldn’t it be better to buy the song, then make your own?

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A Ringtone That Really Gets Under Your Skin?

TonesBruce on the Etel blog interviews the good doctor about her “Phertones” – ringtones that make you more attractive – “Make of it what you will, but a new site has popped up devoted to the promotion of Pherotones, which are presented as a sort of oddball, audible cousin of pheromones, which naturally you’ll be able to use as ring tones on your cell phone. The site lures us in with the convincing tagline “You’ve heard of Pheromones, now try Pherotones!” and gripping personal testimonials like this one from Derrick of NYC, I wasn’t much of a ladies’ man before Pherotones. Now they call me ‘Mr. Lady’-Link. UPDATE: A Make reader may have confired our suspicion, this is part of an ad campaign. Read the comments for the details.

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ArtistServer…

MenulogoGarageSpin writes “ArtistServer was created by one guy, Gideon Marken. The ultimate DIY musician, he went out and built his own music hosting platform thousands of artists now use. All the music promotion tools are free (blog, podcast, ringtones, mobile sites, downloads, streams, etc), and it was even voted one of the top 5 music hosts by Time! Basically, a DIY musician empowering other musicians with DIY tools..!!” Link.

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