|Alarm (by billyoung, Jul 10th, 2007)
Another alarm for to use. It's good.
|Funny (by nautin, Jul 9th, 2007)
I think this is a fax alarm. Hi hi!
|Sneezin' (by kitty, Jul 9th, 2007)
Alarm again, man! How can i choose within a lot ringtones.
|Irritated sound! (by forestgum, Jul 7th, 2007)
I don't quite like this noise made from that alarm.
Ring-tone revenue sounds alarm
By Sue Lowe
Teens and twenty-somethings are
expected to spend about $20 million downloading ring tones to their mobile
phones this year, and by next year could even be spending more on them than on
Frank Rodi, online licensing manager for the Australian Performing Rights
Association, which takes a royalty fee from the sale of every ring tone in
Australia, said this would be a rise of at least $5 million on last year.
According to industry statistics, almost half the $20 million will be spent by
16 to 24-year-olds, many of whom download a new ring tone every week.
Of concern to the music industry is that their appetite for CD singles could be
declining at a similar rate. The Australian Recording Industry Association
(ARIA) has not yet released estimates of sales for 2003, but its website said
that $37.5 million of CD singles were sold in 2002, down 20 per cent on 2001.
In Britain, the spending switch is already happening. Ring-tone revenue is
expected to rise 60 per cent to about £70 million ($A172 million) this year,
while CD singles sales are expected to fall by about 40 per cent to below £60
Christen Barry, manager of iTouch, Australia's largest ring-tone provider, said
record labels were "sensitive about ring tones at the moment". Like internet
downloads, it is a new form of music consumption they do not control. But Ms
Barry predicted this would change with the arrival of stereo ring tones in the
next few months. "I think we'll see them taking a very aggressive role in
monetising ring tones," she said.
In the US and Britain, ring tones and songs downloaded from the internet have
become so popular that they will soon count towards the singles charts.
Last month, American Billboard Magazine published its first download chart list,
topped by Beyonce Knowles's Crazy in Love. The company behind the British top 40
chart said it would do the same from October.
Both charts will focus exclusively on legitimate download services such as
Apple's iTunes, Listen.com and Pressplay in the US and OD2 in Britain. Mr Rodi
predicted it would be at least six months before ARIA followed suit.