All About Ringtones
Welcome to SongzForSale! Once a massive outlet where you could locate an enormous selection of free and premium ringtone selections, SongzForSale is now your education resource for everything about ringtones. If you’re new to using ringtones or just want to know a bit more about them then you’ve come to the right place.
What are Ringtones?
Ringtones are songs or any other type of musical sound that plays on your cell phone or smart phone when you receive messages or incoming calls. Your mobile phone is much more versatile and smarter than what traditional landlines were, so you’re able to program them to play different sounds and music for each type of contact you receive (messages, voicemail, phone call, etc…).
In fact, most newer phones will even allow you to have different songs or sounds play for specific people who may contact you. You could have one song play when your mom calls, another song play when your best friend calls and even another song when your attorney calls. Imagine how convenient this could be in knowing the very second your phone rings or a message comes through of who it is on the other end (without ever having to pick up the phone and check the number).
Why Would You Want to Use Ringtones vs. Out-of-the-Box Ring Sounds?
First, like we mentioned, you can distinguish different callers immediately by having different songs play for different people. Secondly, if you’re in a crowd or around several other people, you won’t be digging for your phone every time someone’s phone rings. Your rings will be customized and the chances of someone in the group using the exact same ones are very low as compared to if you use one of the default rings.
Besides being practical and helpful, ringtones are simply fun. It gives you and your phone a connection and your phone takes on your character and personality.
What Type of Ringtones are There?
There are basically two kinds of ringtones. There’s monophonic and polyphonic. Monophonic ringtones use simple songs and sounds that can be used with pretty much any cell phone someone may be using today. They use only a single tone at once, changing tones as it goes at different frequencies to give you different melodies.
Polyphonic Ringtones are more advanced and play more than a single sound at one time. This requires a newer, more sophisticated phone to use them. Phones that are capable of playing these ringtones can play up to 16 different tones at one time. Polyphonic ringtones give a much more musical feel with beautiful and realistic harmonic melodies.
There are a few other, lesser-used types of ringtones you can use too.
Where do I find Ringtones?
We used to have tons of resources for ringtones here at SongsForSale. However, it became more difficult to find true suppliers instead of ones with hidden fees and “enter your zip for free ringtones” deals. So we’ve lifted most of them from the site and have chosen instead to help guide you and let you find your own, as we don’t want to mislead you or mistakenly lead you into some type of ringtones scam.
You can find tons of websites that offer ringtones. Many of them will also have games, graphics and other fun stuff you can use too. Some of them will require you to pay a fee per ringtone. Some of them will require a subscription that gives you unlimited downloads per month.
If you find one that is giving them away for free, please be sure to read the fine print. Many of these will offer you something for free, but actually you’re going to get charged the subscription fee or more. There’s nothing wrong with most subscription services and we don’t see any problem with them as long as they’re up front about it and don’t try to trick you into the subscription.
Before you decide to download or purchase any ringtone or subscription, you should read the terms and requirements to make sure that they’ll work with your particular cell phone. It’s also a good idea to make sure they’re within the law and respect copyrights. They need to have permission to sell or use a song so that artist gets their royalties (this is a big reason why there’s nothing wrong with subscriptions, as they have to pay royalties somehow).
Creating Your Own Ringtones
If you’re creative and want something truly unique then you can create your own ringtones. You can find software that lets you compose your song on the computer. Then once it’s done, you can simply transfer it to your phone by using a data cable. This is about the only way to get truly unique ringtones.