Still use "The Raiders March" as my primary ringtone.
Another good one. My wife uses that for me when I call her. Flattering, eh? At one time I used the high-end strings (shower murder scene) sections from Psycho for my boss' ringtone (he's cool and a friend). When coworkers heard it, they thought they'd rat me out so when we were all gathered together one of them whispered for him to call my cell. To their surprise I had changed his ringtone to "Charmaine" (used in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - elevator music) so when he did call we all got a good chuckle.
I didn't realise people still used music ringtones. Pretty much anywhere I go these days everyone just seems to have a regular 'ring alert'. I haven't heard a theme or even a song as someone's ringtone in years.
In my case, I'm still ~4 years behind the time, as I use an LG Dare. Don't want or need a smartphone yet and too cheap to pay for a data plan. Too many phones using that MIDI version of Shocking Blues' "Venus" - makes me want to barf. Uh, no offense...
I've never been satisfied with the pre-set ringtones, so I've always used music ringtones. Even my alert sounds are custom-made. My text alert is Worf saying "Captain, incoming message."
Same here with ringtones and alerts. More inspiration; I like the Worf alert idea, (not much of a TNG fan, but I'll try to find a similar one with Lt. Uhura) thanks! I have also experimented with vocoder-like sounds for alerts, for that "Colossus" computer-generated voice sound. My voice mail greeting is one, which most folks find amusing and often ask how I did it. They normally don't want to put the effort into it once I explain it, tho.
I do not have any film music ringtone on my phone however if I would have one it would have certainly be Jerry Goldsmith`s Main Title from The Wind and The Lion, that would have been awesome (and attention maker because if I had that and I would be in public when the phone starts ringing with that music everyone would turn their heads towards me).
I never use anything from my favorite scores because I'm afraid I would grow tired of anything i use or have a strange reaction when I play that music.
I try to pick cues that have enough highs that they sound OK on the speaker of the phone and have a gradual increase in volume. Right now I am using a piece from a soundtrack to an anime called Kanamemo. It has a nice sound to it and works well as a ringtone. I can't find it on youtube though.
My son has Yoda saying "Message from the dark side there is". You cant help but notice On my own phone I made a loop of the opening chords of the cimbalom from Rozsa's The Power. Sounds good too and certainly better than the standard ringtones
My main ring tone is the last 30 ish seconds of the Red movement of Arthur Bliss' Colour Symphony. It used to be used as the theme music for the Proms, but think they use some vaguely classical sounding "original" theme now.
I'm sure it's a hugely pretentious choice, but the last 30 seconds are preceded by a pause and it's shorter than the stupid 40 second limit that Apple impose on ring tones. Why they have this limit and why you can't just pick any old track from your phone's library as a ring tone, I have no idea. My old Nokia N95 allowed you to do so and that pre-dates the iPhone by several years. Oh well.
As I have only a small amount of a life, certain people get their own ring tone. The other half gets the opening of Put on Your Sunday Clothes from Hello, Dolly (of which he is a big fan), a Dr Who loving friend gets the season 4 arrangement (annoyingly just a shade over the 40 second limit...), another has the opening of Circle of Life from the Lion King (although think it's the stage version I used for some reason) and finally, my best friend of many MANY years has Prelude to Act III from Lohengrin. Of which he heartily approves, being nearly as pretentious as me. Plus it used to be the theme tune for our hospital radio show. Seriously.
I used to have Hoppipola by Sigur Ros as my main ring tone, but decided it took a bit too long to get going and people had rung off by the time I heard it. However, it does make an excellent alarm tone, gradually easing me from sleeping to semi-conscious to awake.
I don't have any special ringtone (maybe because no one ever calls me), but on two seperate occasions, I have heard Morricone's The Good, The Bad & The Ugly and the theme from Super Mario Bros. 2 eminating from someone's phone.