Ring tone is usually the sound made by the telephone when it rings i.e., when a call is incoming. But often ring tone is referred in context with the mobile phones. The mobile phones have the ability to customize any original ring tone. In a mobile phone the users can use MP3/CD format sound also as a ring tone.
With the Bluetooth technology, users can directly download the ring tones from the internet into their phones. They can also transfer these ring tones from one phone to another similar to sending and receiving text messages. With the popularity of mobile phones, the popularity of ring tones has also increased hugely. Due to this, the advertising for ring tones has been very popular in the market.
There is a huge variety of ring tone types too. A broad classification would be monophonic ring tones, polyphonic ring tones and true tones. As the name suggests, monophonic ring tones are those which are simple and made of simple tones being played at a time. Polyphonic ring tones are those that are complex and a lot of tunes being played at a time. True ring tones are the actual tune of the song/melody and sound like the original song itself.
Ring tones are now a form of digital music. Every other person has some latest ring tone. Especially the teens, it’s a hobby for many of them to download music and ring tones from the internet and pass it on to their friends. While the service providers and the mobile phone manufacturers themselves provide with a range of ring tones with a new mobile phone, and there are lots of web sites which offer free ring tones, people also buy them by spending money.
Ring tone popularity has adverse effects also. Having loud and unpleasant ring tones on the mobile phones at offices and other public places is very annoying. The ring tone may be music to ones ears, but the same ring tone could be noise to some one else. So, next time you grab on a harsh ring tone, keep in mind not to disturb others. But just a gentle reminder, do not override the copyrights of any tune that you download from the internet.