Free Ringtones - Where Would We be Without Them?

By: Stephen Morgan

OK hands up all those who remember the Crazy Frog?

Yes come on, don't be shy, we all know you know? Remember the funny little character that bounced about a lot with a funny grin that had more than its fair share of fixed rigor mortis to it.

Yes that's the one, the one that secretly we all wanted to take a baseball bat to at the time. Well it would appear that it was merely a symptom of out times and that these are here to stay.

With the massive explosion of mobile communications, more telephones than you can wave a stick at - wow that dates me they are no longer referred to as "Mobile Telephones", we are now dealing with "Portable Personal Communication Centres". Doesn't matter what it is it still gives you a headache if you press it too close to the ear and the police get extremely upset if you cruise by waving at them at speed with one hand holding a mobile!

Hang on a minute, if one hand is holding the phone and the other hand is waving at them then no wonder they get upset but I digress, things have moved on massively since they were first introduced to us mere mortal sin the early 80's. Gone are the days when the sounds they generated were just a monophonic "beep" now you can have the entire Berlin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra playing the compete works of Wagner (if that is your bent) at volume whilst you manfully struggle to pick the phone up from under your chair at meetings!

Life is such fun isn't it as you wrestle with this little thing belting out "Ride of the Valkyrie" at top volume whilst the nurse angrily calls for security and ejects you from the Hospital waiting room. I jest as things are slightly different now and now phones (or Portable Personal.....forget it you know what I mean) are seen as slightly less life threatening in terms of wavelength etc and we can now use them in situations that were once deemed as life threatening. I still wouldn't suggest taking one into a High Dependency Unit at a Hospital but at least you can use them in the car park without fear of retribution.

Anyway back to the initial point about technology moving on. No longer do we just deal with monophonic ring tones, now we have download heaven, a vast array of sites where the world of MIDI ring tones, MP3 ring tones, Polyphonic, WAV, Real and True tones are all available. Along with the fact that everything is now much more portable and disposable, ring tones have become much more widely available in terms of structure and content.

I am sure that John Lennon, Elvis and all of our departed modern day icons feel at rest now that their musical output has graduated to the world of the ring tone and they feel well and truly blessed.

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