Cast your mind back to the late 1990s when monophonic ringtones first graced our cellphones. A single, simple melody would announce an incoming call, and users reveled in the novelty. Soon, polyphonic ringtones brought a new dimension with multiple instrument sounds, leading to an era of customizable tones that mimicked popular songs.
The dawn of the smartphone age in the early 2000s brought an auditory revolution. Suddenly, you could assign individual ringtones to contacts, announcing who was calling without even checking the screen. The advent of app stores opened up a treasure trove of possibilities, enabling users to download and set their preferred ringtones with ease.