Downloadable Ring tones - The Latest Trend
What can you say about ring tones? NOTHING…except that cell phones capable of downloading ringtones are newest “must have” item today! One of fastest growing features today is ringtones, especially downloadable ones! There are other downloadable items available on Internet too like Java Games. Various wallpapers and screen savers are hot too but by far most popular feature requested is downloadable ringtones.
The cell phone and their various ringtones have become status symbols. Ringtones show that you’re up to date and happening. You can even take a test that defines which ringtone best suits your personality. You can truly display your lifestyle and certainly your musical taste on your sleeve.
This article will describe briefly what ring tones are, what’s currently available and what future holds. It will also suggest a caveat to consider prior to downloading multitude of formats of available on market. Prices are low and sky’s limit, so read on.
Just What Are Downloadable Ringtones?
- Just What Are Downloadable Ringtones?
- A Caveat Before You Buy!
- What’s Available?
- A Brief Glimpse At Ancient History.
- Ringtones – Where Do We Go From Here?
- Other Products Available On Ringtone Websites
- What Can You Say About Ringtones
Ringtones are sound that a regular or cell phone makes when it’s rings. Early ring tones were simple chimes and on later models, a combination of chimes. Limited numbers of ringtones were available and mostly consisted of different patterns of tones or chirps. An example of one of most infamous ringtones was ominous” ring ring…ring ring” that is reminiscent of Todd Beamer’s last telephone call on 9/11. You can hear that ringtone featured as an intro to Neil Young’s famous song “Let’s Roll.”
Ringtone technology developed quickly and has progressed a lot since that song was recorded. Originally, you purchased a cell phone and had a choice of monophonic ring tones that produced a one note song. The number of songs was extremely limited and downloadable ring tones were simply an Engineering student’s good idea.
Because of lightning speed technology and numerous service providers, one of latest and greatest features available today is downloadable ringtones. When you’re surfing ‘Net you’ll find plenty of sites offering tones by today’s hottest musicians; you can pick monophonic, polyphonic or true tone formats. More on that later.
A Caveat Before You Buy!
The first thing you need to know before you select, buy and download a suitable ring tone is if your cell phone is up to date enough to utilize this feature. Like everything else in technology, cell phones have evolved very quickly. As a result cell phone that you purchased just a year ago may not have ability to fully access type of ring tone currently available. So make sure you check. Re-read your manual or call your service provider to find out. It’s possible that you can upgrade your phone for a reasonably low fee.
Ringtones are divided into three formats.
To understand this type of technology, a person needs to have a physics/mathematics background and understand musical composition. Luckily, all that is needed to know is what types of ringtones are available and what they sound like. The following is a description of three types of ringtones, monophonic, polyphonic and true tone. Most websites offer samples of each and once you hear an example, you’ll know what type you’ll want to use on your cell phone.
- True Tone or Real Tone
A) Monophonic Ringtones Some of first cell phones came equipped with capability of having a one tone ringer. “Monophonic” is simplest of ring tone technology that uses a midi format. This “one note wonder” changed ringtones. Gone were chirps and chimes; now you could play a song. A monophonic ringtone is single notes playing a song. You can recognize your favorite song but it sounds a little lame. Most monophonic tones are offered free of charge because of more full bodied tones now available, but if you’re trying to make a statement, however, read on.
B) Polyphonic Ringtones Polyphonic ring tones also use midi technology but tonal quality is richer and has more depth. This is because polyphonic ringtones can play up to 40 notes or more. A quick example is sound produced when Windows XP® starts up. It reproduces sound of an orchestra playing a note rather than one instrument playing same note.