|Wonderful tone! (by forestgum, Jul 24th, 2007)
What a wonderful tone! I need this tone for my cell.
|Exciting (by nautin, Jul 10th, 2007)
It is so exciting! I like it!
|Rhythm of life (by billyoung, Jul 10th, 2007)
|I'm feeling. (by kitty, Jul 7th, 2007)
This ringtone is so tight. I can feel the melody as well. Life is good to enjoy.
Polyphonic Ring Tones- Old-Fashioned?
In the beginning was the ring
(really more of an electronic trill or beep) -- dull, yet serviceable, using
only one tone track and with it came the single-line melody -- not much of a
Then Nokia invented text messaging, and Paanen, a Finnish programmer, realised
that you use the same technology to easily transmit songs to mobile phone
handsets. This led to the development of Harmonium, the first complex polyphonic
sound creator. Instead of being locked into single tones, users suddenly could
have rings with harmony and texture.
Still, someone had to programme the sounds you couldn't just convert your
favourite songs into Harmonium polyphonic sounds. Digital content providers
picked up Harmonium quickly and used it to create polyphonic ringtones, selling
them to both phone users and phone providers. While polyphonic tones were better
than monotones, they still sounded more like an old video game than the music
they were patterned after.
MP3 Ringtones: The New Wave
Today, ringtone providers are switching to MP3 ringtones with realistic,
near-CD-quality sound. Also called master tones or true tones, these are usually
bits of a real song, using your favourite music to alert you to a call. Voice
ringtones, sound effects, and instrumental or lyrical music are all available as
MP3 ringtones today.
MP3 ringtones today account for two thirds of new mobile ringtones. The sound is
a snippet of your favourite music with lyrics and the whole band playing -- much
nicer than the old-fashioned ring or dull monotone melody. Most mobile phone
manufacturers today include this type of ringtone on their newest handsets. Even
better, you can program today's phones to play different tones for different
If you have more than one life, as most people do, you can also have multiple
ringtones. The songs you want played when you're out at a pub are probably
different from the ones you want sounding at work and with most phones today
it's not hard to switch. You can also assign different ringtones to different
people your mother might have a radically different tone from your boyfriend.
Most cell phones come with some ringtones pre-installed, but you can find the
ones you really like out on the wireless web. There are several methods for
downloading ringtones. You can subscribe to a service that will send them to
your phone weekly for a fee. Or you can download new ringtones from your
favourite band's website. If you prefer to look at a wider variety of ringtones,
you can download them directly to your phone from several sources, using either
a scrollable menu or choosing a numerical code linked to the ringtone you want.
Not all rings are compatible with all phones, so do try to sample them first.
If your ringtone sounds awful, it may not be the ringtone it may be the phone.
Older phones aren't perfectly compatible with the newer ringtones, though
they'll probably play them. Imagine the difference between stereo systems in the
1950s and today that's about the difference you're looking at between a
three-year-old phone and a brand new one, in terms of sound output. Your mobile
phone provider should be able to tell you what your phone can handle.
Philip Nicosia is the webmaster of Ringtones lt, a site specialising in the
different genres of ringtones, including polyphonic ringtones, true tones and