Research has revealed that ringtones are slowly becoming a thing of the past. Data shows that downloads have dropped by a quarter in recent years, more than a decade after Crazy Frog earned its Swedish creator £40 million after its launch in 2004. It's clear that custom ringtones are no longer in fashion. In fact, ringtones of any kind are out of style. So, what's trending instead? People are keeping their phones on the table so they can constantly check them. Another trend that's gaining traction is that of not worrying about it.
More and more people are realizing that too much screen time is a bad thing. They're understanding that text messages, calls, and social notifications aren't the only thing in life. Service providers earned a share of sales and largely controlled distribution, while the music industry charged licensing fees for ringtones based on popular songs. That was the Crazy Frog of the early 2000s, one of the most downloaded ringtones in the history of ringtones. Let's take a moment to appreciate this specific moment in the history of music with a playlist of some of the most popular ringtones of the time.
A new Billboard ringtone list listed the most popular songs, and “In Da Club” by 50 Cent took home Billboard's first Ringtone of the Year in 2004. The digital age has brought about many changes, and it's no surprise that ringtones have been affected as well. With more people using their phones for other purposes such as streaming music or playing games, there is less need for custom ringtones. Additionally, with more people becoming aware of the dangers of too much screen time, they are less likely to be interested in customizing their phones with ringtones. It's clear that ringtones are no longer as popular as they once were. However, there are still some people who enjoy having custom ringtones on their phones.
For those who do enjoy having them, there are still plenty of options available. There are websites and apps dedicated to creating custom ringtones from existing songs or sound effects. Additionally, many phones come with pre-installed ringtones that can be used. Overall, it's safe to say that ringtones are no longer as popular as they once were. However, there are still some people who enjoy having them on their phones.
For those who do enjoy having them, there are still plenty of options available.