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Friday, October 29, 2021

If you need any more proof that customizable mobile phone ringtones are big business for both the music biz and wireless providers, here it is: Starting next week, Billboard will produce chart rankings tracking sales of ringtone singles.

That’s bigtime legitimization. Even five years ago, I doubt anyone in the U.S. figured ringtones would generate any sort of revenue. But as mobile phones have become must-have accessories, particularly among the younger demographics, musical ringtones have become de rigeur.

I don’t know what the tracking information is like overseas, but I recall reading years ago that the music market in Europe assimilated digital content long ago. Basically, a single gets released in five formats, automatically:

1. CD
2. Cassette tape
3. Video (DVD or VHS)
4. Digital file
5. Ringtone

It’ll only be a matter of time before Billboard starts actively tracking digital sales, via iTunes and other outlets.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 10/29/2004 07:58pm
Category: Business, Pop Culture, Tech
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It was perhaps inevitable that Boston’s first World Series win in 86 years would come against a team from St. Louis:

Weird fact in case you missed it: The Celtics won their first championship against St. Louis (1957); the Bruins broke a 41-year Stanley Cup drought against St. Louis (1970); and the Patriots won their first Super Bowl against St. Louis (2002). Hey, I’m just the messenger.

I guess this means the Bruins will have to count on meeting the Blues in the Stanley Cup finals, if Beantown ever hopes to get another hockey championship. (That’s assuming the NHL ever plays another game…)

The bad news? St. Louis currently doesn’t have an NBA franchise. So unless it gets one (not out of the question), the Celtics championship drought will continue indefinitely.

As far as World Series wins go, St. Louis can mollify itself in the knowledge that they helped extend the Red Sox curse two times, before finally helping the BoSox banish it.

(Via Newmark’s Door)

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 10/29/2004 07:07pm
Category: Sports
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