Cell phone ringtones have become incredibly popular over the last few years. Just about everyone who uses a cell phone has a unique ringtone. Some of these ringtones are included on the phone when it is purchased, but many are added on later. The term "ringtone" is most often used to refer to the customizable sounds used on mobile phones.
There are three common types of ringtones: monophonic, polyphonic and realtones. Monophonic ringtones feature a succession of musical notes and have become less common due to newer, more advanced ringtone technology. Polyphonic ringtones uses several notes at a time to recreate a musical track. The most popular ringtones today are called realtones or truetones. These are often a music file such as MP3 or WMA and recreate the actual sound of the piece of music on your question. Realtones have become so popular that Billboard created the Hot RingMasters Chart to track which songs are being downloaded most often as ringtones.
Having a unique ringtone is an important part of showing your personality. Realtones let you show off your favorite songs and artists and you get to hear an awesome track every time your cell phone rings. Whether you have a Nokia, Motorola, LG, Blackberry, iPhone or another brand, you can get custom ringtones for your mobile device.
Some of the most popular cell phone ringtones in 2008 were Lollipop by Lil Wayne, I Kissed A Girl by Katy Perry, Womanizer by Britney Spears and Disturbia by Rihanna. Ringtones will only become more popular this year as more and more people get their favorite music on their cell phones!