- Large selection of ringtones
- Easy to use
- Not the original artists
If you want new ringtones without making them yourself from your existing music, RingtonesX (Free) is worth a look. While the app advertises up to 50,000 hits, there is a big asterisk next to that claim.
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Lots of "hits," but not by the original artist
RingtonesX has a nice-looking interface that is modern and easy to navigate. The app is sorted into three sections -- top 50, genres, and artists. On the top 50 list, each ringtone is accompanied by album artwork. There are a variety of genres included, such as pop, hip hop/rap, dance, country, and gospel.
On the surface, the RingtonesX app looks like an amazing deal. It advertises ringtones from popular artists like Rihanna, The Black Eyed Peas, and Taylor Swift. The only problem? The ringtones are covers of the original song, so they are not sung by the original artist. The developers state that in the app description, but judging by the reviews on iTunes, many users are disappointed about this.
Some of the covers are certainly better than others. Akon’s "Right Now (Na Na Na)" sounded pretty close to the real thing, but the artists singing Rihanna’s "Rude Boy" and Beyonce’s "Halo" didn’t sound much like the original. So, the ringtones are hit or miss. Considering that you are listening to about 30 seconds of a song from admittedly low-quality speakers, some users may be willing to overlook this downside. RingtonesX has previews of each ringtone, but they are only a few seconds long. The ringtones I downloaded were 30 seconds each.
Once you’ve decided on a ringtone, RingtonesX will send you an email with download instructions. As with most ringtone apps, you’ll need to save the ringtone to your computer and sync your iPhone with iTunes.
The Bottom Line
RingtonesX does include a large number ringtones, and some of the covers sound like a relatively decent substitute for the real thing. That may be enough for some people, but I suspect that many users would rather convert their existing music to ringtones using apps like Ringtone Maker or Ringtone Designer. Overall rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
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