Apple attempts to block free ringtones with iTunes update

Apple has released an update to iTunes that blocks users from creating free custom ringtones and then syncing them to an iPhone. Despite Apple’s best efforts to thwart users, a workaround has already been found and posted to the Internet.

A method of using iTunes to create ringtones for the iPhone using songs not purchased from the iTunes Store was first posted by on Friday. Users confirmed after installing iTunes 7.4.1 last night that the method no longer worked.

However, an Engadget post on Saturday details a workaround for the update, again allowing the free ringtones to be synced to the iPhone.

When Apple first announced the ability for users to create custom ringtones earlier this week, it was only meant for songs purchased from the iTunes Store. Users would have to pay an additional 99 cents for the ringtone.

Third-party applications like Ambrosia Software’s iToner have been updated to work with iTunes 7.4.1 and is available from the company’s Web site.

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