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Cingular launches ringback tones

Jun 01 2006 - 04:52 PM ET | Cingular, Ringtones
Cingular today announced the immediate availability of ringback tones. Unlike ringtones which are heard by the owner of the phone, ringback tones are what is heard by the caller (conventionally a standard ring). Cingular customers can now set a custom...

Cingular teams with MySpace for indie ringtones

Apr 06 2006 - 04:59 PM ET | CTIA, Cingular, Ringtones
CTIA 2006 -- Cingular Wireless joined forces with MySpace to allow indie bands turn their music into ringtones. Besides having over 60 million members, MySpace also hosts homepages for hundreds of thousands of bands (both indie and signed). Specific...

IDentity 2.0 ships on Verizon Wireless

Apr 04 2006 - 10:50 PM ET | Backpage, CTIA, Ringtones, Verizon Wireless
CTIA 2006 -- Rocket Mobile's Song IDentity application has been upgraded to version 2.0. The app should be available to Verizon Wireless subscribers soon. Song IDentity allows customers to identify songs playing from any music source (such as a...

Cingular debuts American Idol ringtones

Mar 22 2006 - 03:02 PM ET | Backpage, Cingular, Ringtones
Cingular Wireless furthered its integration with hit Fox show American Idol by offering several ring tones created from recordings of contestants on the show. The real music ring tones feature the actual recordings made on the show and will...

Mobizzo, Sprint, MTV, all want your Mobile TV

Feb 27 2006 - 03:15 PM ET | 3G, In The News, Ringtones, Sprint Nextel
After a slew of announcements it looks as if everyone wants in on the mobile TV bandwagon. Today, international powerhouse News Corp. owners of Fox TV and Sky TV, announced a new portal, Mobizzo, to sell ringtones and graphics, leveraging...

Jamster to rebrand

Nov 23 2005 - 03:14 PM ET | Ringtones
Jamster, a popular content provider known best for Crazy Frog, has launched a rebranding campaign featuring a new logo, redesigned website, and new TV and online advertisements. Jamster, which sells ringtones and wallpapers via short codes and download messages, has...

Eminem files suit against ringtone companies

Oct 05 2005 - 11:44 AM ET | Ringtones
Semi-retired rapper Marshall Mathers (known as Eminem) has filed suit against five companies that allegedly sell ringtones of his music without permission. Cellus USA, FanMobile, Nextones, MyPhoneFiles and MatrixM are all named in the suit which was filed in Detroit,...

UK launches probe into Crazy Frog sales tactics

Jun 29 2005 - 12:02 PM ET | Ringtones
The UK is looking more closely at how Crazy Frog (the wildly popular Jamster ringtone) was sold. Jamster has had problems with its sales tactics before. bq. Consumers who may think they are buying a single ringtone are in fact...

Xingtone Ringtone Maker hits stores nationwide

Jun 07 2005 - 01:31 AM ET | Ringtones
Xingtone announced that its flagship software package, Xingtone Ringtone Maker, will be sold in stores nationwide thanks to a distribution deal with Roxio. Xingtone Ringtone Maker allows home computer users to make and transfer their own ringtones. It is compatible...

Crazy Frog stays on top of Brit charts

Jun 05 2005 - 10:43 PM ET | Ringtones
Ringtone turned song craze Crazy Frog Axel F stayed on top of the UK singles chart after hitting number one last week. Rock group Coldplay, which expected a number one debut last week, moved down in the latest charts to...

Def Jam to market ringtones

Jun 04 2005 - 11:24 PM ET | Ringtones
Russell Simmons' Def Jam Enterprises has inked a deal with American Greetings to create Def Jam Mobile. According to the New York Post, the new company with market several types of mobile content, including ringtones. bq. While most ring tones...

Ringtone tops British charts, exceeds Coldplay

May 29 2005 - 08:20 PM ET | Ringtones
A ringtone made its way to the top of the British singles chart this Sunday, topping Brit-rock group Coldplay. Ringtone Crazy Frog Axel F outsold Coldplay's Speed of Sound 4-1, making for a disapointing opening weekend for the popular band....

Napstertones hits 100K download mark

May 23 2005 - 04:49 PM ET | Ringtones
Napster today announced that its new Napstertones ringtone service has hit 100,000 downloads since its launch on May 9th. The company has a marketing advantage thanks to its existing subscriber base of over 400,000 people. The service is currently only...

Napster tries ringtones

May 09 2005 - 08:29 PM ET | Ringtones
Napster has teamed up with Dwango Wireless to being the sale of ringtones. Originally known as the place to download (albeit illegally) free music, Napster is now a fee based subscription service. Wallpapers and other graphics will be sold alongside...

Xingtone launches mStore for artists

Apr 20 2005 - 10:53 AM ET | Ringtones
Xingtone has launched mStore, a platform for individuals to sell their own ring tones. The company is marketing this to indie record labels as a way to easily accomplish marketing and make money. bq. Using the web-based Xingtone mStore builder,...

Cingular Sounds announced

Apr 12 2005 - 03:05 PM ET | Cingular, Ringtones
Cingular Wireless today announced Cingular Sounds, an initiative to launch music ringtones at or before the actual release of the music. Case in point, Coldplay's upcoming single Speed of Sound is now available as a Cingular ringtone, even though the...

Ringtone company Jamster sued

Apr 06 2005 - 10:17 AM ET | Ringtones, SMS
Jamster, a ringtone and mobile content sales company, has been sued for false advertising. The suit which was filed in San Diego states that Jamster falsely advertises that users can get a free ringtone. In reality said ringtones cost $1.99....

Sprint PCS video ringers

Mar 14 2005 - 02:04 AM ET | Ringtones, Sprint Nextel
CTIA 2005 -- Sprint PCS today announced the addition of video ringers, small clips of video that automatically play when the phone is ringing. Like ringtones, video ringers are centered around music, this time clips from music videos. Video ringers...

Verizon Wireless expands ringback tone program

Feb 23 2005 - 12:28 PM ET | Ringtones, Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless launched its first ringback tone service back in November 2004. At the time, ringbacks were only available to customers in some California markets. Today the program is expanding to most Western states, including: Colorado, Utah, Southern Wyoming and...

Xingtone 4 announced

Nov 09 2004 - 02:27 PM ET | Ringtones
Version 4 of Xingtone, the mobile phone ringtone creation software, has been announced. The most popular new feature will be a way to get around Verizon Wireless' "closed network" (Verizon forces users to purchase ringtones through their store). The work-around...

Billboard ringtone charts [CTIA IT 04]

Oct 26 2004 - 04:26 PM ET | Ringtones
CTIA announced today that is sponsoring ringtone sales charts from Billboard, the top music trade publication. The ringtone chart will debut November 6th in Billboard, using data from Consect. bq. Beginning next week, Billboard will publish the Top 20 ringtone...

Ringback service finally launches

Oct 22 2004 - 12:16 PM ET | Ringtones
While not a national release, a US carrier was launched a ringback service (just about 11 months after it was supposed to come to the US). Preferred Voice is powering a solution for regional carrier First Cellular of Southern Illinois....

Record Co. ringtone sales slow

Sep 13 2004 - 04:20 AM ET | Ringtones
The Wall Street Journal writes [Subscription only] in today's issue that record companies are not seeing the profits once forecasted for ringtone sales. However, it may not be the business itself, but the legalities: bq. That snafu shows how new...

Ringtone chart TV show to air

Aug 22 2004 - 09:48 PM ET | Ringtones
A new TV show called Orange Playlist will count down top ringtones for the British TV market. Ringtone charts have been around in Britain since June. The show will launch next month on ITV1. Orange Playlist is a product of...

Top ringtone chart appears

Jun 01 2004 - 02:38 AM ET | Ringtones
In Britain, cellphone ringtones outsell music singles. Singles have had charts for a long time, so it was only natural that ringtones would have them soon. bq. This week the world's first official top 20 chart for ringtones appears in...

Selling music via mobile phones

Mar 21 2004 - 04:46 PM ET | Ringtones
Richard Huntingford, a British business man, is creating a system that will allow consumers to purchase music they hear on the radio through their mobile phones. While we've covered music for sale on mobiles before, this is the first we've...

Sony Ericsson teams with Sony Music for ring tones

Feb 23 2004 - 11:49 AM ET | Ringtones, Sony Ericsson
Sony Ericsson has teamed up with Sony Music to provide high quality musical ringtones. This month the top 10 ringtone service, called Pre-play, will be launched in Sweden for the T630. Shortly after, Pre-play should be launched globally....

Music ringtones hot on Sprint PCS

Jan 08 2004 - 12:59 PM ET | Ringtones, Sprint Nextel
Universal just inked a deal to bring music from its releases to Sprint PCS phones. The company has a similar deal with Sony. In the deal with Universal, several big names came to play including Sheryl Crow and Sting. The...

Sprint PCS gets name ringers

Aug 22 2003 - 09:28 AM ET | Ringtones, Sprint Nextel
If a normal polyphonic ring tone is too passť for you, check out what Sprint PCS is offering. The program is dubbed "name ringers" and it's basically a collection of ringtones made just for people with common names. Sounds crazy,...

Cingular introduces next-generation ringtones

Aug 04 2003 - 11:42 AM ET | Cingular, Ringtones
Cingular is all excited about offering so called "Super Tones" which are nothing more than pre-recorded bits of audio. Not polyphonic, real bits of music/voice. Websites have been selling these tones for a while, so it's not clear what the...