Users like free stuff. Steve said it himself when he introduced iAds. One of our favorite freebies? Ringtones! Free ringtones are one of those things that seem so readily available for just about any other popular phone. As things currently stand, the Apple way is to purchase a ringtone through iTunes by cutting out a 30-second snippet of song. That's pretty cool, but it costs you a buck. Don't even get us started on the built-in ringtones that come stock with every iPhone.
With iOS4, things haven't changed much. Luckily, our favorite method of getting free ringtones hasn't changed much, either. We go with Audiko, which is easier than jailbreaking, easier than manually placing the correct files in the correct folder of your iPhone and much less costly than buying third-party software (Those with Garageband can also create ringtones).
See the site here: http://audiko.net/
1) The best case scenario is that the site already has the song you are looking for. If that's the case, it's a simple search:
2) Find the song you want, and hit the link that will allow you to download the song to your iPhone:
a) Find the artist you are looking for:
b) Choose the ringtone:
c) Click on "Get iPhone Ringtone":
d) Download the ringtone:
3) Check your downloads folder for the file. Note is should be an .m4r file:
4) Import that file to iTunes:
5) Connect your iPhone to your computer via USB for syncing. You now have a new ringtone. All that's left is to assign it to a contact.
6) Choose a contact, and go to Ringer. From there, you can choose the ringtone you want to use for them. Make sure to save the changes on your phone.
The other, slightly more time consuming method allows you to upload a song from your library and cut a snippet to make a custom ringtone. It also lets you grab a YouTube video's URL and extract audio to make a ringtone.