Today David Pogue wrote a piece in his Free column in the NYtimes titled : A Baffling New Phenomenon: Customized Ringtones.
You know… cause CUSTOMIZED ringtones have only been in existence since the iPhone came out and thats why its a NEW PHENOMENA! Are you kidding me?
OK first let me address why customized ringtones are hot (welcome to 3 years ago):
Basic human nature. How stupid would you be if you said “I dont understand why people want to paint there house different colors. The price of paint is expensive!” Ya, because to me thats how stupid you sound. People have custom ringtones because they want to personalize there phone. Sure you may not understand it but its just human nature to want to make things your own. It happens more with youth… with things like cool rims on putting stickers on your laptop… or hell painting your shoes… whatever. We are all forced to conform to using the same things so personalizing them in some way is just human nature.
Next I want to address something else you said.
Now, I realize that it’s easy to get ringtones onto your phone (or iPhone) for free, using unauthorized techniques of varying degrees of difficulty. Thousands of people do ringtones that way, but I’m not even going there.
WTF you talking about willis? If I play the guitar and sing and transfer that to my phone via bluetooth how is that an “unauthorized method” ???. If I know how to make my own ringtones from my own music (that I paid for) and I upload them to my phone how is that an “unauthorized method” ???
Lastly you talk about the ringtone industry like its just totally lining the pockets of fatcat executives (which I agree with) YET you fail to promote and of the ways in which you can make your own ringtones or send free ringtones to your phone.
So you wrote the book on the iPhone and MacOSX….. Good for you. But I think you look pretty stupid in this article.