Ringing Outside The Box…

If you are reading this, you probably already know that MyxerTones offers a free service that enables anyone to create, share and even sell their own ringtones and wallpapers and deliver them to any phone… What you may not know is that we also have a lot of people getting very creative as to how they can use the Myxer platform and mobile content to market and promote themselves, their companies and their causes… and not only with music ringtones. We are constantly finding out about new and different ways Myxer is being used. We have discovered authors using ringtones to promote book releases, and everyone from State Fairs to Charities, and College Alumni Associations using ringtones and mobile wallpapers to promote their brands and events. Even popular marketing blogs like John Jantsch’s DUCT TAPE MARKETING have championed the concept of “ringtone branding” and using the power and proliferation of mobile phones to get your brand and marketing message in the hands (and pockets) of the mobile masses. Here are a few examples of clever and non-traditional ringtones we have found within the MyxerTones catalog:

  • Popular Podcaster and Sci-Fi/Horror Author Scott Sigler used a ringtone to promote the publication of his book ANCESTOR.
  • Ringtones are being used to promote the San Diego County Fair.
  • The State of Illinois Department of Commerce is using a ringtone to promote the State.

These are just a few examples of folks using Myxer to “ring outside the box.” If you create or come across other cool, creative, unusual or off the wall uses of MyxerTones, let us know!

— Jeff Sass

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A Mobile Cause…

Greetings MyxerToneheads! I am the “Biz Dev Guy” here and recently joined the company as employee number 13 (and yes, I consider that LUCKY!). I look forward to posting here periodically and giving you a little “Touch of Sass!” For the uninitiated, us corporate dudes use “Business Development” as a fancy way of saying “make partnerships” so my mission is to be the Johnny Appleseed of Myxerland and spread Myxer seeds all over the Internet so that Music and Content sites everywhere will use our Myxer Platform to enable their stuff to reach your mobile phone. With that in mind, if you have content sites you like and you want to see them “get Mobilized” so you can get their content on your phone, let us know who they are, and Johnny Myxerseed will give them a holler… and you will know that you have contributed to a Mobile cause!

– Jeff Sass

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Verizon yukiness continues…

Seems ringtone behavior has changed on a lot of the Verizon phones. We are getting more and more recent feedback about lots of Verizon phones being affected. We’ve heard feedback about ringtones no longer sounding as good as they used to, getting error messages when trying to download ringtones, no ringtone attachment with the ringtone message and ringtones can only be saved as a sound. We’re still trying to figure out exactly which phones have been affected and what, if any, workarounds are available.

6/12/07 UPDATE

We’ve got ringtones working (and sounding good) on more phones with the latest updates we’ve just made to the site.  Be sure you’ve set your phone details correctly and don’t have any ringtone overrides set if your phone is listed as working below.  Here is what we’re currently seeing:

Audiovox CDM-8940 works

LG – seems like most are working again but we’ve specifically tested the following:
VX9900 (enV)
VX8500 (Chocolate)

Motorola – mixed results
working – Razr (V3), E815, V710, Krzr (K1M), L7C

sort of working – V325 (doesn’t sound very good, but you can set it as a ringtone)

We just tried the Razr again and the ringtone is saved as a sound but you can still set it as a ringtone from ‘Get It Now’.

Nokia 6315I works

Samsung – mixed results
working – SCH-U series (SCH-U740, SCH-U620)
not working – SCH-A series (SCH-A870, SCH-A930)

SCH-A950 seems to work with AWB or MP3 format sometimes

We have received feedback that AMR or WAV works on the SCH-A series so you could try those formats. However, WAV files are very large which cause the ringtones to be fairly short (6 to 10 seconds).

We are seeing new developments every day so stay tuned, we’ll keep the blog updated.


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Verizon yuckiness

Well, it seems like Verizon has changed something recently which is causing some of the ringtones we are sending to be delivered as QCP files (which typically don’t sound as good).

[UPDATE 4/21: We think we've worked around Verizon's changes and gotten things working again. If you have a Verizon phone, make sure you've specified your phone model on the phone details page so that we can twiddle the right bits to get ringtones to you correctly.]

This is happening on the Motorola V3 Razr, Motorola V325, and possibly some other phones. There also seems to be something weird happening with the Samsung A950. That phone just doesn’t seem to be working anymore. We’ve had some users tell us that they are getting errors when they receive the message on their phone and others say that there is no sound attached. Aarg!

Please let us know if you are are having any problems or if you have found a new ringtone format that works better for your Verizon phone.

In the meantime, we are trying everything we can think of on our end. We’ll let you know if we find anything. Stay tuned…

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MyxerTones: "As Seen on TV"

Yes, KTLA’s Kurt the Cyberguy did a little segment on MyxerTones that aired this week around the country on CW stations. It’s pretty funny to see people talking about our stuff on what feels like (but isn’t!) the local news. You half expect the people to say things like, “Gosh, he was such a nice neighbor. I can’t believe he was capable of that” or something. But instead, we got a lot of free publicity, and it wasn’t like 60 minutes where they sucker you into an interview and then make you cry before it’s over.

Many thanks to MyxerIndie New MaximumDonkey for showing up on such short notice to film the segment with Kurt in LA. They just happen to be a featured artist on MyxerTones this week. Me, I flew in to do an in-studio interview. Yes, yes, 5 hours on a plane for 3 seconds of airtime. But what’s important is that I am semi-coherent in the three seconds they spent on me. They could’ve just as easily picked a part of the interview where I was, umm, like, uhhhhhh, stammering and all that. Having a big camera about two feet in front of your face makes you kinda nervous.

Anyway, fun stuff! You’ll be sure to notice the new shiny red “as seen on TV” buttons appearing all over the site any day now…

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