That Frog, health eh? Brrrrr Brrrrummmm Brumm Brrr… I’m feeling the rage rising already… When I had my old phone with a simple buzz, salve I cringed at the sound of novelty ringtones, treat and vowed never to have one. Fast forward a year, and every time my phone rings, it pipes out one of my favourite tracks – ah, what a hypocrite I’ve become!
Form and Function
So now I’ve finally succumbed to the world of musical ringtones, sites such as http://ringtones.msnemotions.org suddenly have an appeal – much easier than my first attempts of clipping parts of my mp3 collection.
Unlike a number of ringtones sites, you can download the clips for free, which is a fantastic bonus. I suppose that the giant MSN can afford to be a little generous, and I expect that the advertising revenue more than covers their costs – and there’s plenty of third-party advertising on the site (but that’s the price you pay for ‘free’ things). This isn’t too much of an issue, unless there is an advert with sound – every so often I would get an ad with a mosquito which would then be buzzing away while I tried to listen to the tracks. Now, because I’m based in the UK, I couldn’t make use of the ‘Download Ringtone to your Phone’ feature – it automatically redirects you to another site that ‘better matches your Geographic Location’.
However, if you hit the ‘Click to Listen’ button, you can download the clip to your computer, and then easily transfer it to your phone. The site’s layout is as generic as you can get, but I like the fact that you can start downloading free Ringtones right from the first page and you can usually find something that you like from the Latest Ringtones section. Rating the tracks is easy through just a click, so seeing and influencing a track’s popularity is really simple. The Request Stuff option has a great deal of potential, but currently this is a dead link. Searching for tracks by keyword is very simple, but many users prefer to browse through the lists of what’s available. There are options to list by artists and various genres, but bizarrely, although the results are listed in alphabetical order, you have to browse by page number, which makes it very tricky to get to, say, the M’s. Themes is a misleading title – Soundtrack or Theme tunes would make more sense to users.
The content isn’t expansive, but there are enough choices to appeal to most tastes, and it’s a quick and easy way to get some good quality fre Ringtones onto your phone, and although there are alot of advertisements, I didn’t come across too many popups, etc. This is always going to be the payoff for free things, and it’s a sacrifice most are happy to make. However, I think that MSN should be more careful about the content of this advertising – clearly, the ringtones, smileys, etc. is a predominantly (young) teenager phenomenon, and it’s far too easy to click on links to inappropriate content from this page. Overall, I would not say that the design is great but I would still like to give a thumbs up to http://ringtones.msnemotions.org for offering 100% Ringtones to download with no charge.
Free hip hop ringtones
Some of the smiley ads look cool