RINGING LATINA WIRELESS COMPANIES TAP HISPANIC MUSIC GENRES FOR CELL-PHONE RINGTONES.Byline: Evan Pondel Staff Writer
Wireless companies and record labels see salsa music Salsa music or "salsa" is a Latin music generic/umbrella term developed in New York City specifically during the 1970s that was used to describe mainly Afro-Cuban popular Latin dance music generally utilizing rhythms from Cuba, particularly son and guaracha. as the next ring with bling for cellular phones.
Both industries are attempting to gain leverage in the Latin ringtone The audible sound made by a telephone to announce that a call is coming in. The traditional ringtone was in the 440-480 Hz range, but as cellphone usage grew, it became obvious that ringtone differentiation would become important. market, offering more merengue merengue
Couple dance from the Dominican Republic or Haiti, danced throughout Latin America. Originally a folk dance, it has become a ballroom dance, where it is danced with a limping step, the weight always on the same foot. Varieties include the jaleo and juangomero. as a hook for Hispanic consumers. Industry executives say the demographic is relatively untapped for companies that sell ringtones. And at $1.50 to $1.99 for each tune, wireless companies and record labels stand to build rapidly on a $3 billion industry.
``It's off the hook,'' said Frank Gonzalez, a business development executive at Miami-based Wireless Latin Entertainment. ``There's an important demographic out there that is not properly represented. And while we don't have the penetration of other companies, we're carving out a piece of the market in places like Los Angeles, San Antonio, south Florida and Jersey.''
Ringtones are resonating with just about every wireless company these days. Billboard magazine announced it will add a ``Top 20'' ringtone chart in two weeks to help quantify the mobile music market.
The United States accounts for roughly 10 percent of the $3 billion ringtone industry. Mexico and South America account for a fraction of that now, but present a potential treasure trove TREASURE TROVE. Found treasure.
2. This name is given to such money or coin, gold, silver, plate, or bullion, which having been hidden or concealed in the earth or other private place, so long that its owner is unknown, has been discovered by accident. for ringtone retailers.
Though Verizon wouldn't disclose how much revenue it generated from ringtones in the first half of 2004, spokesman Ken Muche said the technology lends itself to ``seamless billing.''
Whether it's tropical, salsa, ranchero ran·che·ro
n. pl. ran·che·ros Southwestern U.S.
A ranch owner; a rancher.
[American Spanish, from rancho, small ranch; see ranch.] or bachata Bachata, a form of music and dance that originated in the countryside and the rural marginal neighborhoods of Dominican Republic. Its subjects are often romantic; especially prevalent are tales of heartbreak and sadness. - a form of music that originated in the neighborhoods of the Dominican Republic - computer programmers are synthesizing cell phones so that consumers can talk and tango.
Known as polyphonic The ability to play back some number of musical notes simultaneously. For example, 16-voice polyphony means a total of 16 notes, or waveforms, can be played concurrently. ringtones, the sounds that emanate from cell phones are rather primitive when compared with a conventional stereo system. But that's changing, and in several months the quality of cell- phone jingles will rival transistor radios. Verizon, Cingular (formally AT&T Wireless), Sprint and other telecommunications companies are poised to release cell phones that sing with clarity.
Record labels are particularly keen on the new technology - often referred to as true tones or sound-alikes - with a new source of revenue a sweet prospect in the days of rampant piracy.
``They are looking at this technology as a good revenue stream. But I don't think it will be the panacea for everything that's gone bad for them,'' said Mark Frieser, chief executive officer of Consect LLC (Logical Link Control) See "LANs" under data link protocol.
LLC - Logical Link Control , a New York-based company that will provide Billboard with data for the ringtone chart.
Hispanic media group Univision Movil is anticipating the trend, hoping to bring more of its artists to cell phones nationwide. ``We are in the process of licensing our content to different wireless services, but for now it's mainly for polyphonic tones,'' said Jorge Pelayo, new-media manager at Woodland Hills-based Univision Movil, a subsidiary of Hispanic media conglomerate Univision. ``But soon we will be entering agreements for true tones. We've been getting a lot of requests for groups like Jennifer Pena, Akwid and Los Tigres Del Norte Los Tigres del Norte is one of the most popular norteño bands, from Rosa Morada, Sinaloa, Mexico. The group was started by Jorge Hernández, his brothers, and a cousin, and began recording after moving to San Jose, California in the late 1960s, when all the members were still in .''
But hipper ringtones don't always generate more revenue. After a ringtone is downloaded for $1.50 to $1.99, the revenue is shared by four different entities: the wireless operator, the label, the ringtone manufacturer and the publisher. If the latter two are fortunate, they will receive about 10 percent each.
``We don't usually work for less than 20 percent,'' said Gonzalez from Wireless Latin Entertainment, a ringtone manufacturer. ``So we're looking to more independent groups for business.''
Tapping independent talent has become more lucrative in the realm of ringtones as it keeps the behemoth behemoth (bē`hĭmŏth, bĭhē`–) [Heb.,=plural of beast], large, fanciful primeval monster, like Leviathan, evoking the hippopotamus mentioned in the Book of Job. labels out of the equation. Such is the case with acts such as Banda Gorda, whose music has been a big seller for Wireless Latin Entertainment.
For Verizon and Cingular, programming a phone to play an independent Latin tune versus Ricky Martin isn't important. Instead, wireless operators are counting on access to Hispanic content. A typical cell phone can now pull tunes from more than half a dozen ringtone providers. Among those is Latin Garage, a popular destination for pulsating salsa renditions. Cingular is also ramping up its Latin ringtones, adding more than 400 song titles specific to the Hispanic market in the past year.
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Salsa and other Latin beats are the next popular wave of ringtones to hit cell phones. And now, record labels and wireless operators are poised to unleash a new format that would make the merengue even more intoxicating in·tox·i·cate
v. in·tox·i·cat·ed, in·tox·i·cat·ing, in·tox·i·cates
1. To stupefy or excite by the action of a chemical substance such as alcohol.
2. . Here is a snapshot of the top five ringtones downloaded via Univision Movil.
Source: Univision Movil