Nokia ringtone has classical roots

The Nokia Tune is probably one of the most frequently played pieces of music in the world.

The company introduced it as a ringtone in 1994 with the Nokia 2100 series, which went on to sell 20 million phones worldwide. Nokia’s target had been 400,000.

The tune comes from a classical guitar work called Gran Vals, composed by Francisco Tarrega in the 19th century.

Ringtones have come a long way since 1994, and new phones offer dozens of choices in a variety of formats. With the right phone, you can even create your own.

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