I got bored with my iPhone ringtone and got sidetracked into a couple of hours of agonising and experiment. At first, I couldn't decide between music and samples from 2001. The happy coincidence of being called Dave makes Hal saying "I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that" and so forth an obvious choice. But a bit of investigation revealed that you can only set the ringtone, you can't set other alert or warning sounds, not even incoming message sounds. So it was goodbye to Hal and I decided to go with music.
However, once I'd decided on music then I was a bit stuck. Obviously, a ringtone is going to say something about you, so you have to think about it very carefully. Do I want to appear old-fashioned? Boring? An individual? Quite a quandary. And you need to pick something that you will hear in a crowd and realise that it is yours.
Oh well. I've temporary settled on my modified "Back in Black" by AC/DC. (I modified it by editing out the very beginning couple of seconds, so that it goes straight into the guitar power chords.) But I can't decide whether to stick with it or whether to keep searching for the perfect ringtone. I used to use "London Calling" by The Clash, and this was an excellent choice, but I associate with my old phone and I feel that my iPhone should have its own distinct personality.
I came across an excellent piece of software, by the way. It's iToner from Ambrosia. You can drag any old music or sound file to it, even from inside iTunes, and it will convert it into an iPhone ringtone.
[posted with ecto]