I find the ringing noise of cell phones to be rather annoying. Add to the annoyance level something "musical" like a cell phone playing Beethoven's 9th, or Crazy Train, and I hit choking-someone levels of irritation. But, some people like them, and are willing to pay good money to get them.
And there was much rejoicing in the land of the music labels. However, the party may be ending.
Posted by Casper at May 17, 2004 02:33 PM
The quest for a distinctive cell phone ring has created a $3 billion global market for everything from computer-generated renditions of such classics as The Temptations ``Just My Imagination,'' to near-CD-quality snippets of popular songs like OutKast's ``Hey Ya!.''
Ringtones are brisk business in Europe and Japan. They're catching on fast in the United States, where sales are expected to reach $140 million by year's end, according to market research firm Yankee Group.
But just as the record labels have begun hailing ringtones as a welcome windfall to help offset free-falling CD sales, along comes Xingtone.