How to assign specific ringtones and vibrations to contacts

This basic tutorial is for our readers that are new to the iOS world or maybe don’t have enough confidence in their abilities to explore all that their devices have to offer. While we know that most of our readers are about as expert as one can get when it comes to Apple’s gadgets, we like to offer up the basics every once in a while to help those who were once like you: new users.

Today’s tutorial is on how to designate specific ringtones, text tones and vibrations to your contacts so that you can hear the call, or even feel it, and not have to look at your phone to know who it is.

How to create ringtones for your iPhone using iTunes

How many times have you been sitting around with friends when their phone rings and you hear the opening theme to Knight Rider, or the subtle hum of the Starship Enterprise and thought to yourself, “Dang, I wish I had that ringtone.” Well, now you can and it won’t cost you a dime.

You can convert any song or audio clip in your iTunes library into a ringtone with a few simple steps. We’ve got a step-by-step tutorial to show you how to create awesome ringtones that will make you the envy of the party…

Singtones: sung ringtones, customized just for you

Have you been looking for a way to make your iPhone's ringtone more personalized? Do you enjoy listening to jazz ensembles? Well if you answered yes to one of, or (preferably) both of these questions, you need a Singtone.

What's a Singtone? Well it's a ringtone, customized and sung just for you by the folks of Ensemble 101. The group is looking to take its jazz act on the road next year, and they are hoping to use Singtone sales to fund the tour...

‘Vuziq’ makes video ringtones a simple reality

Video ringtones have always been more of a novelty than anything else, and Vuziq doesn't change that. What Vuziq does well is make it extremely easy to assign a video ringtone to your iPhone.

That ease of use makes this novelty worth giving a shot. Take a look at the full step-by-step video walkthrough straight ahead...

The Beatles release 27 classic ringtones on iTunes

I was lucky enough to grow up 15 minutes away from the Cavern Club in Liverpool. The club is best known as being the cradle of British pop music and is synonymous with the Beatles. Growing up in the area and having strong ties to Liverpool itself means I'm a big fan of the fab 4.

I was delighted when Apple added the full Beatles collection to the iTunes catalog back in November of 2010. Now, as per the 'New on iTunes' email I received in my inbox today, I'm delighted to say that Apple have added 27 ringtones from the hit compilation album '1'...

PushTone: Change push notification alerts sounds on a per-app basis

PushTone is a jailbreak tweak that allows you to customize audible push notifications on an app to app basis.

That means that you can change something like the standard Tweetbot notification into a duck quack, or any of the other alerts and ringtones available in the ringtone library.

If you've been looking for a convenient method for customizing your alerts down to the app level, then look no further than PushTone...

Top Jailbreak Videos of the Week

This past week saw the release of some awesome tweaks like MyAssistant — a Siri tweak that adds a great amount of new functionality to Siri. There was also RingerX VIP, the ringer and vibrate customization utility, along with Zeppelin — the custom carrier logo tweak.

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AnyRing: A Simple Way to Create Custom Ringtones

Creating custom ringtones is possible without jailbreaking, but it's still not the simplest feat in the world.

Jailbreaking, on the other hand, makes creating custom ringtones extremely easy.

AnyRing is one such jailbreak app dedicated to creating custom ringtones, SMS alerts, and mail alerts. Check out our video highlights of the recently updated app inside.

RingerX VIP: Control Ringer and Vibrate Behavior for Calls and Messages

Don't you just hate it when you miss an important call because you forgot to turn your iPhone's mute switch off? Or what about that one annoying person that always calls at 3 in the morning? Wouldn't it be nice if you could forever silence their calls?

With RingerX VIP, all of these scenarios feature easy solutions.

This is a jailbreak tweak for those who require fine grained control over how various contacts are treated whenever they call you or message you...

Text Message Alert Tones Now Available in iTunes

Unless you jailbroke your iPhone, one downside of iOS was that you were not able to extra text message and alert tones. You were limited to the tones in the Settings app.

This is now a thing of the past, as Apple has updated the iTunes app for iOS with a new section to purchase alert tones...

GroupTones: Assign Ringtones to Your Contact Groups

If you've gone through the process of dividing your contacts into groups on your iPhone, you'll love this next jailbreak utility. Though there's not a direct way to create groups on your device, you can create them on your Mac or PC and sync them using iTunes.

GroupTones allows you to assign specific ringtones for each of those groups, so you can tell callers apart without looking at your phone. This would help you to instantly identify if the person calling you is a friend, a co-worker, or one of your kid's playmates...

20 New Tones Available in iOS 5 Beta 3 [Updated]

Apple released iOS 5 Beta 3 earlier today, and as usual when a new build is available, we are tracking down every cool new feature. I just found out about this new one while playing around the Settings app for my iPad.

If you go to Settings > General > Sounds and select "Text Tone," for example, you will be offered many more tones to choose from. I'm not 100% sure how many of these tones are new. but it seems to me that iOS 5 Beta 3 gives us access to 20 more tones...