Cell-phone ringtones can now sound like anything you want. Byline: Mariecar Mendoza SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. _ Out of
Jessica Hickey's purse comes a funky beat that turns people's heads.
Next, the deep, raw voice of a man raps: "Cold coolin' at a bar, and I'm lookin'
for some action ..."
It's Tone Loc, and he's telling Hickey she's got a call from a "Funky Cold
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"I have four groups with different ringtones," Hickey said, laughing. " 'Funky
Cold Medina' is for my roommates."
Her other ringtones include songs by The Cure, Dave Matthews Band and Janet
"It gives my phone some personality," Hickey said. "Plus, I like the reactions I
get when my phone rings."
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About 30 million people have downloaded ringtones for their cell phones,
according to a study released last year by market analyst firm Ipsos Insight.
Currently, hip-hop is dominating the ringtone market, with "Grillz" by Nelly
featuring Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp as the No. 1 most downloaded ringtone on
Billboard's Hot Ringtone...