Skype rocks out to music ringtones

Skype has signed deals with three music publishing giants that will let its phones rock out to Green Day and 'Chilli Pepper (pictured) ringtones.The a

Skype has signed deals with three music publishing giants that will let its phones rock out to Green Day and 'Chilli Pepper (pictured) ringtones.

The agreements are with EMI Publishing, Sony/ATV and Warner/Chappell Music, although Skype will initially be solely putting tones from Warner Music Group on its Personalise Skype store.

At the moment you can only impress fellow bus passengers with Madonna downloads, but Skype is planning to add two of the bastions of US rock, Green Day and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, soon.

To celebrate its new ringtone bonanza, Skype has also given its store a facelift, with a simpler user interface and graphic overhaul, although it’s still a tad sparse on the content front.

The news has had some excitable Skypers speculating that the internet calling giant will soon be adding full-length tracks in an iTunes stylee, but a spokesperson told us that there are no plans for such a move.

We reckon the ideal phone for trying out the new ringtone action will be Netgear’s Wi-Fi SPH101 which is due in June, although Vonage yesterday announced that it’ll be getting in on the mobile VoIP action thanks to its deal with The Cloud [story here].