Musician Tony Ann recreated popular ringtones—like the iPhone’s Marimba and T-Mobile’s jingle—with a piano. Though hearing other people’s ringtones in real life is totally annoying, listening to their piano arrangements is quite nice (in a “hey, I know this tune but can’t quite figure out why I know it” sort of way).
Not long ago, I asked you for your picks of the worst sounds that technology has cursed us with. You answered with the shrill, shreiking screams of text across the internet. And here are a few of the standouts from our collective list of the most unappealing blips and bloops.
There are two worlds of ringtones. There are the "this is my favorite song" ringtones and there are the "holy shit why didn't I think of that" ringtones. Music, pretty much by default, falls in the first category. The second category, that's harder to define.
Nokia was looking at some of its numbers when somebody noticed that the popularity of classical music ringtones was pretty high, second most popular. So did they shrug this inane newes off with amused sighs and feeble "that's neat"s? Not at all. They went out and hired a whole 55-piece orchestra to whip up 25 more.…
No, you're not hearing a pack of wolves approaching. And a train is definitely not about to barrel through your living room. You're just hearing the cry of lost phone, hiding in your couch cushions among loose change and that elusive TV remote.
We've been excited about the new Muppets movie for months, and now it's here. Have you seen it? We have! And we love it. And we love you too, so here's a Muppets/Gizmodo ringtone—totally free. Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Muppetsgiving!
Wait wait wait wait wait wait wait wait. $2.1 billion worth of ringtones were sold this year? Who still buys these things? Why? I thought we all had our phones permanently set to silent. $2.1 BILLION?!
In full compliance with Apple's "never use your computer for anything ever again" initiative, you can now buy ringtones and alert tones directly from your iPhone. REJOICE. [TheNextWeb]
Attenshun space nerds with NASA underpants! NASA is now offering some really awesome ringtones for your iPhone, Android or whatever other phone you have. You must must must get these. MUST.
So much news passes before our collective eyes every day that we couldn't possibly cover it all. Mostly because much of it isn't worth covering! But here are a some borderline tidbits we passed on, just in case.
Ringtones suck. Not in theory but in practice. They exist for one reason and that is to notify; this however, doesn't stop everyone and their grandma from using screechy loops of "Ice Cream Paint-Job" instead. Enter Cleartones by Hugo Verweij.
When it comes to soundtracks, Ennio Morricone is virtually unmatched. Composing tunes for movies like The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, he's earned the right to do whatever the hell he wants. And apparently, that includes composing LG ringtones.
While looking for new features and hidden secrets within iOS 4.2 Beta 3, we found a gem: New SMS ringtones! Have a listen.
For reasons unknown, it appears Apple has removed from iTunes 10 the ability to create ringtones out of your songs for $0.99. The feature is still intact in previous versions of iTunes. [Mac Life]
The instant you hear a cellphone ring, your brain reacts in a unique way - if the ringtone matches that of your own phone.
A company called Japan Ringing Tone Laboratory has created the "Hana Sukkiri Melody" ringtone, which claims to be able to clear out your sinuses whenever anybody calls you. Ah-whaaaa?
There was a time when a Nokia phone was all I wanted. Those days are gone. This haunting piano composition, based on their hallmark ringtone, written by classicalist Marc-André Hamelin, reminds me of times when Nokia was state-of-the-art.