Zedge, for All Your Annoying Ringtones!


I really don't understand folks who use songs as their ringtones. Isn't it annoying or confusing when the song comes on the radio? If it's your favorite song, don't you get desensitized to it when you listen to the CD (or digital equivalent of CD)? Nevertheless, you probably hear dozens of ringtones every day. Those probably vary from "super annoying" to "what a cool ringtone". With Zedge, you can be the person annoying your fellow subway passengers—or making them jealous.

Screenshot from the Google Play store

Zedge is a free app in the Google Play store, and the ringtones (and notification sounds and alarm sounds) are completely free as well. I currently use the "WHAAAT?!?!??!" sound from the minions on Despicable Me as a notification sound (which is clearly super cool and not annoying). My ringtone, which I hear much less often than in years past, is one I made myself from pasting together sound clips from Star Trek the Next Generation. Somehow, my homemade ringtone ended up on Zedge. I know it's mine, because I pasted together sounds that don't actually occur together on the show. I'm terribly proud of my ringtone, and if you'd like to hear it for yourself, search for "Incoming Subspace Signal", it should pop right up. If Star Trek isn't up your alley, there are thousands of other options from which to choose. With Zedge, installing them is simple and, of course, free.

Due to its incredible selection, seamless integration and amazing price tag, Zedge is this month's Editors' Choice winner. Check it out today at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.zedge.android.


Shawn Powers is an Associate Editor for Linux Journal. You might find him chatting on the IRC channel, or Twitter


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I've never heard daft punk's

Anonymous's picture

I've never heard daft punk's "alive" on the radio. And the only part that ever gets played when I'm being called is the drum intro so it stays pretty fresh.


Anonymous's picture

I have been using songs for ringtones for a number of years. I also keep my phone on vibrate so the radio doesn't trip me up anymore. But, who listens to radio anymore. 8g thumbdrive in my car keeps me happy. I can add or remove as I please. The reason I use songs is it is the easiest way I have found of identifying the caller without looking at the phone. I set them for my kids and grandkids (the ones with phones). Default is something else standard to phone. If I hear that I can just hit a button and kill the call but if it is a song I know it is important and who is calling and I can grab it.

Used to use audacity to put them together for tones but now the phones just accept the songs.


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