Let’s say you wanted to corner the ringtone market in the brave new world of broadband. You’d need to produce a database of ringtones for sale in the standard format. You’d want it to cover a wide range of musical styles, since your target audience is “anybody with a cell phone.” You’d want to keep it constantly updated with the latest sounds from the coolest kids. You’d want ringtones cataloged by various attributes, with an elegantly searchable interface.
Gee, I wonder where I might find a prodigious database of high-resolution 30-second AAC files, usually containing the characteristic section of a song? Possibly already being used to preview longer files before purchase? Ready, willing, and legal to be downloaded to a cool new device? Hey, I know!
Ringtone designer Peter Drescher created a music phone by duct-taping an iPod Nano to the back of his T-Mobile Sidekick. But integration between the devices could be better.
What do you think? When iPhones ring, will they be playing random clips from the iTunes store?