The history of the ringtone

It started with the Nokia Tune, which is a 13 note rendering ofFrancisco Tarrega's, Gran Vals, who was a 19th-century Spanishmusician.

The first ringtones were monophonic, which mean that only onenote is played at a time.

Some of the early cell phone models, had a built in ringtonecomposer. To compose free ringtones directly to the phone or tomake them with a ringtone composer, never became a big hit. Theyear 2002 is a major milestone in ringtone history. Nokia 3510was the first phone optimized for playing polyphonic ringtones.Soon other cell phone companies also adopted the MIDI standardthat enables more realistic polyphonic sounds for ringtones.

The year 2003 was the actual breakthrough for polyphonicringtones. Cell phone makers, operators and content providersalso came up with new concepts and ringtone formats. Motorolaintroduced Groovetunes and Nokia introduced Nokia True Tones.Ringtone web sites also started to offer voice ringtones withvoices of celebrities as ringtones.

Today, with phones like The Sony Ericsson W800, Nokia N91 andMOtorolas iTunes phone, we could be facing a new milestone inthe ringtone history. Polyphonic ringtones still rock, but asyou can see from the short history presented above, thingschange. Today the internet is full of MP3 music, both legal andillegal, and you can use Bluetooth to transfer music files froma PC to your cell phone.

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