Rise of ringtones: Is this the music industry's future?
Don't we just love our culture?
When a ringtone becomes music. Jazz? Blues? Chopin? Beethoven? All these are
obviously obsolete. Why don't we just become the Borg right now and get it over
The next time I hear The A Team theme blurt out from someone's phone on the
train, I think I will snap!!!
Brian, Sydney, Australia
The only reason I downloaded a ringtone was so that I could tell my own apart
from other phones. I did it to make the sound stand out, something individual.
That's all, not to be cool or keep up to date with the latest trends. It just
makes it easier to recognise.
Jessie, age 16, Queensland, Australia
" It's just a matter of knowing when to use them "
Gina Goicuria, Costa Rica
On one side, it's easier to have a different ringtone in order to distinguish
when your cell is ringing. Let's face it, every single person on the street
caries a cell phone that sounds just like yours. But on the other side, I also
think that is not very professional to be with an important client and that the
"Simpson's" ringtone or other similar starts playing..... So it's just a matter
of knowing when to use them. Anyway, why spend money when there are a lot of web
sites where you can download them for free? I don't think this is the future of
the music industry.
Gina Goicuria, Costa Rica
I wish I had thought of this brilliant way of suckering money out gullible.
Mobile phone users should be regularly beaten about their heads with a sock
filled with fresh horse dung. Maybe twice a day. Yesterday I was in a bookstore
trying NOT to listen to woman shouting a conversation about her dog's bowel
Peter C. Kohler, USA
With everything that's happening in our world today, who cares?
I could care less about ringtones and the impact it has on the music industry.
Cell phones make people rude, intrusive, and lazy. No one wants to hear a
person's personal phone conversation so why would anyone want to hear their
ringtone? What ever happened to reading a book when you were bored?
My cellphone rings quite a lot, so if I downloaded one of my favourite songs as
my ringtone, it would become one of my least favourite songs very quickly.
Steve Gilbert, USA
" I compose my own tunes using my phone's composer "
As a 16-year old I have never paid money for a ringtone but I compose my own
tunes using my phone's composer. These tunes are better than most pop music
anyway. Music is supposed to be an outlet for the creativity of the artist
rather than its current state in which the only purpose of a pop group is to
dance around looking pretty and making money for executives like Simon Cowell.
There should be more emphasis on live music, since the experience of a band
playing their own songs with real feeling is something that can never be
The average person's cell phone use in public is very annoying. Now that it has
got to the point of paying for an annoying ringtone what could possible be next?
Who cares about the music industry's future? We need to teach people proper
A phone is supposed to ring, anything other is tack. A call is to be answered
ASAP not so that one is able to listen and enforce 'music' on others. What ever
Mr Eades, Cardiff
" My phone doesn't even offer normal rings "
Kari, California, US.