Here's a novel idea: Geoff Smith, a musician and creator of jingles who got his start doing theme songs for hundreds of top podcasts and eventually also online advertising and marketing firms, has created a ringtone service. You subscribe to his podcast, and each week you receive a new ringtone, plus get access to previous ringtones. A subscription to RingtoneFeeder ranges from $2 per month to $20 per year. You can get some free samples by going to RingtoneFeeder.com and clicking on the link that says "Subscribe now or get a free ringtone trial." Clicking the link automatically opens iTunes and subscribes you to the feed. He has video tutorials that show how to sync these to your iPhone and how to associate specific ringtones with specific callers. All of the songs and sounds are original. I liked the free samples.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.