|Irritating! (by forestgum, Jul 20th, 2007)
Honestly I don't like this tone much, it's a bit irritating!
|Strange (by nautin, Jul 13th, 2007)
I will use it for my message alarm.
|OME (by nautin, Jul 11th, 2007)
This sound likes frog,it make my head ache.It good to use Alarm
|Buzz Alarm (by billyoung, Jul 9th, 2007)
It's like the fire alarm.
|What's mean? (by susu, Jun 27th, 2007)
I try listening it twice but I cant understand what is it
Ring tones raise a buzz
By Benny Evangelista, Chronicle Staff Writer
While cell phone ring tones are
music to the ears of rappers Wu-Tang Clan and Mobb Deep, another segment of the
music industry is just getting more annoyed.
This week, the groups became the first music artists to release tracks from
upcoming albums in the United States as a ring tone, even before the actual
songs are available in stores.
"It's a great way to get people talking about the songs," said Stephen Rifkind,
chairman of the rap groups' label, Loud Records. "I think it's going to be a
tremendous benefit to us."
On the flip side, EMI Music Publishing this week banned the ring-tone versions
of 300 songs. An EMI executive said the songs represent just a slice of the
firm's overall music catalog, but the company had to honor the wishes of
individual composers, writers and copyright holders who complained that annoying
ring tones were not the proper venues for their creations.
The list included theme songs from popular TV shows like "The X-Files," "Star
Trek" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," as well as the movie "Titanic."
EMI's move prompted James Winsoar, founder of a British company that claims to
be the first to sell ring tones, to call for a European Union antitrust
"It appears that EMI plans to put ring-tone companies out of business so they
can create just one ring-tone business that they own," Winsoar said in a
statement posted on the Web site of his company, Phat Tonez.
The two latest developments demonstrate how ring tones have grown from a
underground phenomenon into a multimillion-dollar industry that has caught the
recording industry's attention, said Joe Laszlo, wireless analyst for Jupiter
Media Metrix, a research firm.
"As the recording industry becomes more of a part of the ring-tone market,
you'll see more control exercised about what you can have access to and what you
pay for it," Laszlo said.
Ring tones have become all the rage in Europe and Japan, the first regions to
have phones capable of downloading the electronic song snippets that give phones
a distinctive ring.
For example, a phone beeping the notes of "Survivor" from Destiny's Child won't
be mistaken for nearby phones playing "Get Ur Freak On" by Missy Elliot or the
University of California at Berkeley fight song.
According to various analysts, ring tones selling for $1 or $2 a pop generate
between $500 million to $1.5 billion in revenues worldwide. British research
firm Arc Group projects 551 million ring-tone users worldwide by 2006.
Ring tones are still largely unknown in the United States, but that's rapidly
Cingular Wireless started selling ring tones in May and was soon joined by AT&T
Wireless and VoiceStream. Yesterday, Sprint PCS said it will start offering ring
tones next week, with top tunes and classics provided by Sony/ATV Music
Publishing and, ironically, EMI Music.
And there has been a flurry of song licensing and royalty agreements between
music publishers like ASCAP and BMI and ring-tone startups like Sonera zed U.S.,
Zingy Inc. and YourMobile/Premium Wireless Services.
In general, the agreements call for copyright holders to get 7.55 cents to 10
cents per download plus a 2 to 4 percent cut of revenues.
Zingy Chief Executive Officer Fabrice Grinda said his New York firm, which is
offering the ring tones by Wu-Tang Clan and Mobb Deep, logs about 25,000 free
ring-tone downloads a day. The company, which started Sept. 5, plans to start
charging about $1 per ring tone next year.