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According to the record industry singles are dead. People are spending more money on albums but arent buying singles.
Ring tones sales are huge and growing. My idea is that instead of having CD singles you release the ringtone.
The mobile phones would have to be made so that
they can play actual music - phones have been made that do this.
People pay online and get sent the song into their phone and play it to all their friends, until they get bored of it and download another one. These downloads are recorded as the singles chart.
Record industry saved, mobile phones less beepy and annoying, and that song that everyone hears once and likes but then decides they hate only last a few hours because people hear it so much.
The last advantage would be that songs would have to be made with fantastic intros.
The IFPI agrees with me [miasere, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]
||Given the state of modern pap muzak, I really wouldn't want it foisted upon me more than it is already, thanks.
||Most pap is bought by young people who normally have annoying ring tones anyway. Unless you spend time with young girls who love Christina (in which case I wouldnt admit it online - theyre probably watching us...) You should get away with it. You could however learn more about your boss if he has Iron Maiden on his phone.
||I'd learn more if it was 667 - Neighbour of the Beast.
||I think that the ringtone chart would mirror fairly closely the radio airplay charts.
||...and so it has come to pass, with the crazy frog and farting monkeys..