Understanding the difference between various types of ringtones will not only be helpful in avoiding the discomfort you will feel if the ringtone fails to play on your handset but also it will save you cost and time you have to spend on the process. Hereafter is elaboration of the three basic types of ringtones and the formats they come in:
Monophonic Ringtones: ‘Mono’ means one. Rather a rudimentary type of ringtone, monophonic ringtones are the earliest ringtones that users could download. Monophonic ringtones or monotones as we call them sometimes cannot be termed as melodies. They are just like the simple notes on a musical instrument. Monophonic tones are actually the sound sequences that make use of one note at a time that is played in varying frequency and pitch. Earliest mobile phones made use of these tones and today we see all handsets can play these tones along with the other advanced type of ringtones. These were developed in RTTTL (Ringing Tone Text Transfer Language) earlier and make use of MIDI technology (Musical Instrument Digital Interface).
Polyphonic Ringtones: Polyphonic ringtones are the next step in the evolution of modern ringtones. As obvious by the prefix ‘poly’ these ringtones make use of many sound sequences that are played at a single point in time or in other words simultaneously. It is said that the polyphonic ringtones can play about 40 notes as same time. This is the reason that they are considered to be the real melody as compared to monophonic ringtones. Most of the modern mobile handsets support the polyphonic ringtones and allow you to download this type of ringtones. They come in many formats and just like monophonic ringtones these make use of the MIDI technology with the only difference that they play multiple notes to give a musical impact to the ears. However, polyphonic ringtones fail to play the original audio.
Truetones: There are many names for the modern ringtones we call Truetones. They are known as the real tones, superphonic tones and master tones sometimes. The credit goes to their ability to play the notes, the beat and the lyrics in a single ringtone. It is just like the original piece of music that we listen as songs. They are the most advanced form of ringtones and render a great musical experience in the form of enchanting melodies we call true or real tones. Truetones come in as many formats as there could be audio formats of the songs; MP3, AAC, and WMA to name few.