By Shonna Johnstone
Communication technology major Umair Ali didnâ€™t expect to make the iTunes top 10, much less snag a No.1 spot when he created his first ringtone as a senior in high school.
â€œMy original thought was that it would simply be something fun to do as boredom struck me often,â€ Ali said.
After listening to the iPhoneâ€™s classic tone â€œMarimba,â€ Ali fired up his music production software and created what would soon be a hit. After showing it to his parents and doing some research, iPhone Remix was listed under â€œtonesâ€ in the iTunes Store.
Aliâ€™s ringtone later grabbed the No.1 spot in multiple countries like Canada, Italy, the Netherlands and Denmark. Currently it is still listed as No.1 in Canada above such artists as Drake and Justin Bieber and sits at No.16 on U.S. iTunes charts.
â€œMy initial reaction was staring in awe,â€ Ali said. â€œBreaking the top ten in the U.S. is no simple feat; itâ€™s the stuff dreams are made of.â€
Ali said the first thing he found himself doing after reaching the top ten was firing up his laptop to create something new.
â€œMy intention when creating the ringtone was to simply have something in the iTunes Store,â€ Ali said. â€œJust being able to say youâ€™re in the iTunes Store is a big deal in my book.â€
Now a junior at UTA, Ali says heâ€™s always tweaking new ringtones to submit and is pursuing a certification in Emerging Media.
â€œThe ringtone I use on my phone is always the newest one Iâ€™ve created,â€ Ali said.