Should I offer Ringtones here at Matthew Ebel dot com?

I was playing with my amazing new Android phone today and the thought occurred to me… Do people still buy ringtones as ringtones, or do they just buy songs or albums and use those as ringtones? I know my friend Geoff Smith over at RingToneFeeder.com has plenty of customers who love their steady stream of new jingles, but I don’t think I’ve ever asked you guys about them. Please tell me…

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  • I usually make them in garageband, but if you offered them, naturally I’d buy to support you.

  • I usually make them in garageband, but if you offered them, naturally I’d buy to support you.

  • I usually make them in garageband, but if you offered them, naturally I’d buy to support you.

  • Ladyrowyn

    I don’t even let my phone ring. Phones should be seen and not heard. O:)

  • Berin

    I’m an outlier because I have a near-religious belief that phones should be rarely seen and even rarely heard. And that Bluetooth headset wearers are using the phone as a prop to disguise just how bats**t insane they really are.

    That said, of course you should use ringtones as a promotional item. Don’t give it away, perhaps, but sell the ringtone version at a bit of a discount. The idea is similar to the idea of getting onto commercial and non-commercial radio (as an aside, check out wfhb.org as an example of a Community and Volunteer powered radio station that can and does play anything the FCC allows on air). Other people who haven’t heard of you are going to hear the ringtone and ask questions. By selling the ringtone, you can get a direct revenue stream and a path to new ears.

  • Berin

    I’m an outlier because I have a near-religious belief that phones should be rarely seen and even rarely heard. And that Bluetooth headset wearers are using the phone as a prop to disguise just how bats**t insane they really are.

    That said, of course you should use ringtones as a promotional item. Don’t give it away, perhaps, but sell the ringtone version at a bit of a discount. The idea is similar to the idea of getting onto commercial and non-commercial radio (as an aside, check out wfhb.org as an example of a Community and Volunteer powered radio station that can and does play anything the FCC allows on air). Other people who haven’t heard of you are going to hear the ringtone and ask questions. By selling the ringtone, you can get a direct revenue stream and a path to new ears.

  • Ladyrowyn

    Although now that I think about it, “Attention-Getting Device” would make a great ring tone. 😀

  • Ladyrowyn

    Although now that I think about it, “Attention-Getting Device” would make a great ring tone. 😀

  • Actually, more than one of these answers applies to me. I’ve subscribed to Geoff Smith’s Ringtonefeeder.com for a couple years, but I also make my own from songs in my library. Geoff’s tend to be unique enough and more importantly *good* enough that I have no problem subscribing and look forward to my Tuesday updates. Sometimes though, a song just begs to be a ringtone for one of my contacts. (Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher” play when my wife calls ;-)…)

  • Actually, more than one of these answers applies to me. I’ve subscribed to Geoff Smith’s Ringtonefeeder.com for a couple years, but I also make my own from songs in my library. Geoff’s tend to be unique enough and more importantly *good* enough that I have no problem subscribing and look forward to my Tuesday updates. Sometimes though, a song just begs to be a ringtone for one of my contacts. (Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher” play when my wife calls ;-)…)

  • Zimmie

    For the most part, I want my phone to sound like a phone when it rings. I occasionally make different ringtones for other people to use, though. Made one of the theme from The Prisoner for a friend.

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