Nokia is searching the globe for its next catchy phone ringtone and the company wants you to compose it.
Nokia and crowd-sourced sound design contest site AudioDraft is offering $10,000 to the person who creates a ringtone that is an instant classic. The winning ringtone will be featured on selected handsets from Nokia's 2012 product portfolio.
"Of course, the $10,000 prize is enough to make anybody want to compose their own small melody, however having your very own Nokia Tune heard over 1 billion times a day is an exciting enough reason in itself. It is the world’s most recognized audio brand asset," said Nokia.
The public will be able to vote for their favorite entries before the top five go in front of a judging panel that includes "Kai Bronner, one of the founders of Audio Branding Academy; Julian Treasure, known for his TED talks and author of 'Sound Business’; Mark Dewings, head of Brand & Marketing Communications at SoundCloud; Nokia’s SVP of Design, Marko Ahtisaari; Super8 & Tab, worldwide renowned DJ and electronic music production duo who are ranked in the DJ Mag’s Top 100 of most popular DJs; Andrew Higgins, a jury member from the AudioDraft community who has won 12 AudioDraft contests; and Tommi Koskinen, the Community Manager at AudioDraft."
Mashable has put together a post that features "the songs behind your favorite commercial" which might provide you with some musical inspiration.
If you don’t have the skills to create your own unique ringtone, online ringtone maker http://audiko.net/ will help you create one based on your favorite song or sounds.
To submit your own Nokia Tune entry or vote for your favorite jingle visit http://nokiatune.audiodraft.com before October 2.