iOS 5 Update Brings New ‘iTunes Tone Store’ to iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

Tucked away in a corner of the iOS 5 update is a new section in iTunes just for Tones. Purchasing ringtones is not something new for smartphones, but the convenience added with the new update for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad puts them front and center.

iTunes Tone Store-1Tones can be a variety of lengths, but ringtones will cost you $1.29 while alert tones are $0.99. As you purchase your tone, you can decide to make it the default ringtone, the default text tone, or assign it to a particular contact. It seems that alert tones can be applied as ringtones or text alert tones, while ringtones can only be what they are. Ringtones seem to be longer length than alert tones, perhaps explaining their higher price.

While some would argue that they can create their own tones, putting this option in iTunes makes custom ringtones and alerts accessible to those less inclined to go the DIY route. Apple couldn’t have made this easier.

In addition to the new tone store, iOS 5 brings more than 200 new user features to iOS devices. Some of the noteworthy enhancements include notification center, PC free, mail, reminders app, personal dictionary, reader for safari and much more.

What do you think about having iTunes Tone Store on your iOS device? Have you bought any tones yet? Let us know what you think in the comments below.