GeoRing in Review – iPhone Ringtones made easy

For those of us who prefer using songs as ringtones, we have all tried many times to create the necessary files to sync to iTunes so that they will work on the iPhone. With GeoRing however, there is no more work to be done but choosing the song and where exactly you’d like the ringtone to begin. Thanks to this handy app, users will soon be able to create their favorite ringtones within minutes.

Developed by XVision, GeoRing makes this entire process an easy one for the everyday iPhone user. A few taps later and your entire iTunes library is at your disposal for custom ringtones. Songs can be added by Name, Artist, Album, or even from specific Playlists. GeoRing also offers a geotagging feature where you can track where you receive your phone calls. Depending on how much music you have, there will be nearly an infinite amount of ringtones to be heard everywhere you go; of course this all depends on how many songs are actually set up.

So you only want to listen to the chorus when a friend calls? GeoRing saves us the precious time of having to cut the song ourselves and encode it for iTunes. Like making a playlist on the iPod, it is very simple to make a list of songs that you want to use for ringtones. All you have to do is tap the ‘+’ button and make your selection. Once they are added, you can then select the individual tune and choose where the ringtone begins with the help of a slider tool.

Now despite the fact that GeoRing makes the entire process a breeze, there is one rather big caveat – out of the box, both your newly created ringtone and that of the default iPhone ringtone can simultaneously be heard when a call comes in. So if you don’t want the standard iPhone Marimba ringtone to accompany that Lady Gaga beat, you’ll need to follow a few easy steps. First, download the “silent” ringtone at http://j.mp/ringsilent. Then add this file to your iTunes Ringtones library (double clicking it will do) and sync your iPhone. Once this is complete, select the Silent ringtone at Settings > Sounds > Ringtone. The downside to this work around is that if the app isn’t running in the background (after a reboot or you manually remove the app from the iOS taskbar), your iPhone won’t actually ring thanks to the new custom silent ringtone.

As for the geotagging feature, I’m not sure how important it really is for the majority of users. Personally, it’s not something I’d use, though it could come in handy for some I suppose. Perhaps those with a “tad” bit of OCD may find the feature to be exactly what they want – like tracking down everyone who calls them and noting where exactly they were when it came through. Here’s something I’d love to see in a future update: the ability to assign specific ringtones to different contacts. Currently, the app shuffles the ringtones every time, so you don’t have control of what gets played depending who calls.

For what it does, GeoRing is quite the promising app, though by no means is it perfect. The fact that it has to continuously run in the background for the full ringtone experience and the inability to assign them to individual contacts is somewhat of a downer. That said though, there’s no denying that the app makes it extremely easy to turn your own songs into ringtones right from within your iPhone. No longer will users have to use a separate tool, encode it and sync them back via iTunes. If you’re not ready to drop $1.99 yet for the app, you can download the free GeoRing Lite for a test drive.

Tap It Rating - 3/5

App Summary
Title: GeoRing – instant ringtone shuffleDeveloper: XVision
Reviewed Ver:2.2Min OS Req:4.1
Price:$1.99App Size:Size: 0.3 MB
  • Very simple to use
  • Uses music synced to ipod
  • Quick song processing when adding to ringtone playlist
  • Doesn’t require iTunes
  • Location feature
  • Separate download for silent ringtone
  • Can assign ringtones to individual contacts

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This review was brought to you by TouchMyApps Contributor Alvin Chau.

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