Ringtone Star iPhone App Review

Buying ringtones on the iPhone
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The Good

  • Supports video and audio files
  • Sensitive editing interface
  • Good value

The Bad

  • None

If you like musical ringtones, Ringtone Star (US$0.99) should be at the top of your list. Not only does this app allow you to create custom ringtones from your existing iPhone music library, but you can create customized ringtones from music videos as well.

Support for Audio and Video Files

Like most ringtone apps, Ringtone Star allows you create custom ringtones that are up to 40 seconds long using songs you have downloaded from iTunes (or acquired elsewhere). And it does a good job of it—your downloaded songs are added to the app automatically, so Ringtone Star makes it easy to start creating.

The editing interface is highly sensitive, so I was able to quickly select the portion of each song that I wanted to turn into a ringtone. Ringtone Star adjusts the selected segment of the song using two sliding scales, and it is much easier to maneuver than most apps I’ve tested. 

What really sets Ringtone Star apart, though, is its support for music videos in addition to audio files. I was able to search for a particular song on Google Videos, download it from YouTube, and transform the audio portion of the video into a ringtone in minutes. Ringtone Star is the only ringtone app I’ve tested that has this feature, and I was very impressed by how easy it was to create a ringtone from a downloaded video.

Pre-existing audio and video aren't your only options for ringtones, either. You can also record your own voice or sounds using the iPhone’s built-in microphone and use the recording as the basis of your ringtone. 

Once your ringtone is created, to get it on your iPhone you can email it to yourself or just sync your iPhone with iTunes. As with all ringtone apps, you can’t set a new ringtone directly from the app. Luckily, we have a handy how-to article that explains the process or syncing the ringtone to your computer, then to your iPhone, and using it. All of my ringtones were transferred to both iTunes and my iPhone without any problems. 

The Bottom Line

Ringtone Star is one of the best ringtone apps I’ve tested—if not the best. The editing interface is easy to use, and the inexpensive price tag makes this app a pretty good value. However, what really sets this app apart from the competition is its support for making ringtones out of music videos.

Overall rating: 5 stars out of 5. 

What You’ll Need

Ringtone Star is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It requires iPhone OS 4.0 or later.