New in iOS 5: Tone Store to Download Customized Email and SMS Tones

By , Jun 13, 2011

Apple’s iOS software design strategy is interesting, to say the least. For example, many people wonder why it took the company nearly a year to implement the App Store after launching the iPhone. It took another year after that to add copy/paste and picture messaging features.

Apple excluded unnecessary items in early builds of iOS, demonstrating a quality-over-quantity sort of approach to adding new features. Luckily, iOS 5 seems to be finally bringing many of those omitted functions to the iPhone. Who’s been dying to change the email tone?

Apple’s priorities in building iOS have left the software lacking some of the most basic options that can be found in other smartphones. I owned a Nokia 4 or 5 years ago that allowed me to add custom SMS and email tones, but for some reason the iPhone has never had either capability.

Well, thankfully, 9to5Mac did some sleuthing last week, and determined from multiple pieces of photo and video evidence that Apple will indeed give users the option to download customized notification tones in iOS 5.

Though no one has actually seen the iTunes Tone Store yet, an option to “Buy More Tones” can be found in current beta versions of iOS 5. Then there’s also this slide shown behind Scott Forstall during the iOS 5 section of Apple’s WWDC keynote.

Many jailbreakers have been customizing their tones for a while now, but I’m glad that stock users are finally getting the option as well. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of custom tones will be available, and how much they’re going to cost.

Are you excited about an iTunes Tones Store? Or is it just another way for them to “get you?”

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  • Radu

    all they want is obviously your money. why the heck should I pay to get a custom ringtone?

  • William

    I use Fission on the Mac to create custom ringtone for iPhone, it’s pretty awesome and easy as pie.

  • Benno

    i think it will be the same as with custom ringtones … convert them, get them in iTunes and sync … for free!

  • http://monster86a.tumblr.com Michaelhernandy

    (i use iringer on Windows and the RingTunes app on my iphone) this isnt suprising… Theres already a “buy more tones” for ringtones…

  • http://www.epicxboxreviews.com Alex

    Why can’t we add our own custom tones??

  • bc

    If you’re buying pre-made tones from a store, they’re not “custom”. I make my own (custom) tones. It’s easy, free, and you don’t have to have a ton of technical knowledge to do it. Though I’m sure there are plenty of people that won’t want to go to any effort and will gladly shop at the tone store as long as the prices are right.

  • Justin

    I have always thought that iPhone was lacking in the customization department, and event though this isn’t what everyone wants, it is a good start. A lot of people don’t want or might be scared/hesitant to jailbreak their devices. I was one of those people have owned a 3G, 3GS and now 4 and this was my first jailbreak (mainly cause of SMS pop ups!). So this, plus the new notifications, is a good in between for those in that “i don’t about that jailbreaking thing” area.