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Free Ringtones are Back Under iTunes 7.4.1

Though, like last time, it may only be a short while before Apple releases yet another iTunes update to close up a ringtone loophole - free ringtones are back under iTunes 7.4.1.

iTunes 7.4.1 was released just the other day as a remedy to the free ringtones loophole discovered by a MacRumors forum reader which allowed any music file to be used on the iPhone as a ringtone simply by renaming the file to an .M4R extension and bringing it into iTunes.

Though 7.4.1 broke the original method, as it turns out, a very similar and only slightly more complicated method will let you accomplish the same feat under the latest version of iTunes.

Here's how:

Leaked Ad Shows 3G iPhone in Germany as of November 12th

There's been a lot of speculation about whether or not the iPhone would come to Europe in updated 3G form or as just the same old EDGE model available in the US. There were even rumors that Apple was going to announce the 3G European version of the iPhone at it's September 5th media event. Though the media event provided no such revelation, we've got our latest item stoking the fires of the 3G European iPhone rumors.

3g iphone ad for tmobile germany

A European Mac blog recently published the above T-Mobile advertisement which, if authentic, clearly

iTunes 7.4.1 Removes Free iPhone Ringtone Loophole

Shortly after iTunes 7.4 was released, users were greeted by the discovery of a MacRumors forum user which revealed a way to sync custom ringtones to your iPhone for free, simply by renaming files. Immediately following was a great deal of speculation as to whether this "loophole" was left open by Apple intentionally, or if it was a rookie-like mistake.

no more free iphone ringtones

Unfortunately, the latter seems to be the case. Within 24 hours of releasing iTunes 7.4, users were alerted

Jobs Offers Apology, $100 Credit to Existing iPhone Owners

When Steve Jobs announced, at the September 5th Apple media event, that Apple was cutting $200 off the price of the iPhone, many a cheer was heard across the US. However, almost as resounding were the jeers of early iPhone adopters who had essentially paid $200 for the privilege of owning an iPhone for two months or less.

Though penalizing early adopters financially isn't a foreign concept to Apple, and is in fact a reality that many Mac faithfuls accept, the magnitude of this scenario exceeded anything seen before by Apple customers. As a result, countless emails and complaints were reportedly received by Apple by customers who had purchased the iPhone previous to the price reduction.

In an open letter, published on the Apple website, Steve Jobs has offered an apology to the community. In the letter, he states

Apple Discontinues 4GB iPhone, Slashes 8GB iPhone Price $200

After some technical difficulties yesterday, we're back online and are going to endeavor to update readers throughout the day on some of the more interesting items that came out of yesterday's Apple media event.

We'll start with the price slashing Apple announced to close the media event (yes, sort of backwards, but so be it).

Jobs announced that Apple would be discontinuing the production of 4GB iPhone models. Though not particularly surprising, this may have seemed daunting to those who wanted to get their hands on an iPhone without paying $599.

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