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That is the chorus of Funk Soul Brother song (FatBoy Slim). You can have an excited feeling after hearing this tone.
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Release Date:  Jul 3rd, 2007
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Ring Tones Acquire Some Classical Tastes

CHUCK WORKMAN used to cringe whenever the cellphone of someone nearby played a few bars of a popular song instead of simply ringing.
"I would think, 'It's a phone, let it ring,' " he said.

But Mr. Workman, an Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker in his 60's, is now among a number of older consumers who are personalizing their cellphones by replacing the standard straight-out-of-the-box ring with a snippet of music.

One recent week, his cellphone, a BlackBerry, played "Short Ride in a Fast Machine" by John Adams. Before that, it was Mozart's "Magic Flute."

Today, consumers in Mr. Workman's age group represent a tiny fraction of the market for ring tones. Almost one in four cellphone users 18 to 24 years old have bought a ring tone in the last six months, and the percentage is even higher for younger teenagers, says Jupiter Research, a technology market research company in New York. But only 9 percent of cellphone users 35 to 44 have done so, and only 2 percent of those over 55 have bought a ring tone.

Part of the reason for older people's slowness toward personalizing ring tones is that the selection for this group has been limited. But that is changing.

Boosey & Hawkes, a British classical music publisher, for example, recently decided to capture some of the market by making 300 of the most popular classical music recordings in its catalog available as ring tones. These include familiar pieces like Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Copland's "Appalachian Spring."

Mr. Workman became familiar with the Boosey & Hawkes collection ( through his movie-making, and now likes to use music he has used in his films. "I'm really not much of a downloader," he said. "Until now, whatever's on my phone I'd use."

In the nine months since Boosey & Hawkes began selling ring tones, the company has experienced a surge in interest, according to Steven Swartz, a spokesman for the company who is based in its New York office. Mr. Swartz said that cellphone users liked classical music as ring tones not just because they liked a certain recording, but because the classical ring tones are rarer and seem less intrusive than ones based on popular music.

But Boosey & Hawkes's classical tones cost much more than most popular ring tones, $5.56 apiece, compared with $2 to $3 for more popular genres.

Julie Ask, a senior analyst at Jupiter, said the number of new ring-tone customers was increasing more slowly since the days of early adopters. But current customers are buying more than ever, she said.

In 2005 the ring-tone market had revenues of $603 million, and that number is expected to reach $931 million this year, Jupiter says. By 2010 ring-tone revenues are forecast to grow to $1.3 billion.

"It's not about having a fancy ring tone, but it's really about personalizing your cellphone," said Bruce Gibson, an analyst with Juniper Research, a market research company and consultancy in London. "It becomes a statement of who you are." The increase in selection is clearly attracting new customers. "The ring-tone market is getting more sophisticated," he added.

As a category, classical ring tones have not made it to the Top 10 yet. From the start, the focus of the industry has been on popular music, since teenagers have shown the most interest in modifying their phones.

Hip-hop and rap are the most popular music for ring tones, together accounting for about a quarter of sales, followed by pop rock and soul and R&B, according to Telephia, a market research company tracking the mobile phone industry. Among the most popular are "Hollaback Girl," by Gwen Stefani and "Just a Lil Bit" by 50 Cent.

To help increase sales, some music labels are using ring tones to market new albums. Madonna, for example, released her single "Hung Up" as a ring tone last fall before she released it as an official full-length download.

More and more, consumers are buying so-called real tones, those derived from the master recording of the music, over traditional, computer-generated ring tones.

With the rate of growth in ring-tone sales slowing, entertainment companies have been branching into related products, most notably personalized ring backs that is, the tone or music that is played for callers as they wait for the person they are calling to pick up. Unlike ring tones, which are priced individually, ring backs are usually sold as a monthly service. Cellular carriers offer various pricing plans for ring backs, starting at about a dollar a month.

For now, the ring-back industry is aimed at younger customers, starting off the way the ring-tone industry did. But demand for downloadable ring backs is expected to grow quickly in the next few years. Even Mr. Workman may get one.

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