Don't tell Boss Hogg, but Waylon Jennings has gone platinum again. His song "Theme from the Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)," is the first country music ringtone to reach the 1 million mark, according to Country Music Television. Jennings' song went platinum in the "Master Ringtone" category, meaning it uses the original recording as opposed to a synthesized version.
Setting the General Lee aside for a moment, this just shows how far ringtones have come. A few years ago, you were the bell of the ball if you had a mangled version of Beethoven as your ring. But now, you can be alerted to a phone call by real snippets of your favorite songs, video clips, or even Hulk Hogan questioning your manhood.
The explosion of ringtones seems to be positive for all sides involved. The music industry couldn't be happier, as this provides an extra source of revenue at a time when music sales are looking bleak. Carriers get to charge data fees if you buy them directly from your phone, and consumers seem to like having "Fergalicious" blaring from their cell phones in the movie theater.
One of my pet peeves is buying a song from the Sprint Music Store or Verizon's V Cast Music and then having to pay again to get that song as a ringtone. This is a DRM issue, and you can get around it with phones like the Sony Ericsson Walkman line, but it's still a pain. Smart phone users can use this tip for recording your specialized ringer. If you're constantly purchasing ringtones, it makes sense to invest in a program like Ringtone Studio, or something similar. Sure, in most cases you'll still have to pay the data charges to get it on your phone, but you'll still save in the long run.