Another area that people love to customize is the ringtones on their cell phones. In the past, the only possible ringtone available was monophonic tone provided by cell phone makers. Monophonic was the first standard form of ringtone that was a single sound or a single musical line. With the success and growth of SMS, ringtones became more and more popular. In time, Nokia, a Finnish mobile phone manufacturer, added the capability to create monophonic tones on their cell phones through the use a composer.
A few years later, we then could use polyphonic ringtones, which could play several notes at once. Nowadays, most mobile phones support the use of MP3, WAV, or 3GP files as free ringtones. We can even record our own voices to be used as ringtones.
I'll be discussing a few options you can take in customizing your own ringtone.
Aside from the massive number of free ringtones downloads sites, depending on your mobile phone, you can even use music you already own as your ringtones. All you have to do is search your mobile phone settings and replace your current ringtones with music files of your choice. In most cases, your mobile phone will use a snippet of the music file in which you may not be happy. However, you probably won't listen to an entire MP3 as you are not going to let the phone ring for a long period of time. You may want to trim it down eventually.
One solution to this problem is to edit and trim the music file yourself. There are a number of audio editors to choose from, but I'll be recommending two. One application that is easy-to-use, allowing you to create mobile ringtones from a good number of audio formats is Xingtone. The only down side is that it's not a free solution, as Xingtone works together with record companies, and carries providing you a simple, do it yourself tool.