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On polyphonic ringtones and the speed of technological change

Recently, the polyphonic ringtone acquired a competitor: A compressed snippet of actual recorded song emanates from the cell-phone handset as if from a tiny radio.

It’s easy to forget how quickly technology progresses. It seems remarkable that this New Yorker article from 2005 already seems so quaintly dated – and yet it was published just two years before the first iPhone launched.

This 1,629th post was filed under: Diary Style Notes, Quotes, Technology.

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