I am not a ringtone person. If you ask me, I think it is very tacky to have the music of the latest Fallout Boys (I hate them) as a ringtone. More obnoxious than that would be a ringtone yelling “HEY EVERYONE COME SEE HOW LAME I AM”. Enough for the bagging… The ringtone on my iPhone is the stock “old phone” ringtone. Not very original but it works great. Anyways, this post is about Audiko, so let’s talk about it.
From what I can tell, Audiko is a Russian site that does 2 things for you:
- ringtone search engine
- ringtone maker
Before going into the details, I want to let you know that Audiko is 100% free and you don’t even have to register to use it.
Audiko as a ringtone search engine
Like any search engine, you type your query in the search box and the site will return a few results. When I saw that, I assumed that it would only have a few ringtones for Madonna, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and other uber commercial bands like that but after putting it to the test for 5 minutes, Audiko would find ringtones for every band I was looking for, even for some obscur French reggae band. I probably tried 20 different bands and it found something for me every single time. I was impressed. The only band it didn’t find was NTM, a French hip hop band of the 90′s, which by the way just got back together (and they rock rap!).
Once you find what you’re looking for, you can listen to the ringtone and you can either download it in mp3 to your desktop or even better, you can download it in m4r, which is the “official” format for iPhone ringtones. After downloading the ringtone, simply add it to your ringtone folder in iTunes, sync your iPhone, and you’re done!
For each song, they have several ringtones at different time in the song. For example, they have a ringtone for the first 30 seconds of the song, and they may have other ringtones for let’s say the chorus or the first verse.
You won’t only find ringtones of songs but pretty much anything you could think of. You can also find ringtones made of movie quote. My favorite one is the Anchorman ringtone saying “I love scotch. Scotch scotch scotch. Here goes down. Down into my belly. Mm mm mm“.
Creating your own ringtone
Making your own ringtone is as easy as it could possibly be. Upload the song you want to make a ringtone of. Then choose what part of the song you want (you are limited to 30 seconds). Click “create ringtone” and you’re done.
After creating the ringtone, it will ask you to add a title for the song, the album and the artist. After that, you will be able to download your ringtone and sync it to your iPhone.
I created my own ringtone from Linval Thompson’s Six Babylon. You can download my ringtone from here. I will not use this ringtone on my phone but anyone looking for Linval Thompson on Audiko will be able to download it, which is why Audiko has such a great variety of ringtones. The secret is that their ringtones are user-created.
Audiko is an excellent site and as I said above, it’s totally free. Give it a try and post your own ringtones in the comments section.