The journey of ringtones dates back to the era of monophonic tones, where mobile phones were capable of producing only one sound at a time. These rudimentary tones were often limited to basic melodies that hardly resembled the original songs. As technology advanced, polyphonic ringtones emerged, enabling devices to play multiple tones simultaneously, creating slightly more complex and recognizable tunes.
However, it was the advent of customizable ringtones that revolutionized the way we perceive and use these auditory alerts. Early mobile phones allowed users to compose their own simple tunes using the phone's keypad, but the process was tedious and often produced subpar results. With the proliferation of smartphones and the rise of app stores, the landscape of mobile ringtones underwent a seismic shift.