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April 25, 2006

Skype wants ringtones, too

Posted by Tricia Duryee at 3:26 PM

Not only can your phone play "The Muppet Show" theme song, your PC can too!

Skype, the Internet-based phone service owned by eBay, said today that it has signed license agreements with thousands of musical works to be downloaded and used as ringtones. Not sure if it includes the Muppets, but the agreements include rights to three major music publishing companies: EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Warner/Chappell Music.

The licenses allow Skype to distribute master tones (or real snippets of MP3s) to users in the U.S. United Kingdom, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Poland. Don't worry, the rest of Skype's 94.6 million registered users worldwide should have access soon, too.

In September last year, Skype said it was partnering with Qpass to bring ringtones to the PC world through a program called "Skype Personalise." The program allows users to purchase content such as ringtones, sounds and pictures to modify the look and feel of their service -- similar to mobile phones.

If you remember, Qpass was the company that was purchased by Amdocs ast week for $275 million.

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