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Tune Deaf

Do you use conference calling service for your work? I am sure you do. It’s inescapable; whether you use it for remote team collaboration, sales pitches or anything else, you have experienced the music that comes up when you first call in and is waiting for the leader to join and start the call.

It’s bad. I have used a number of different services and they are all bad. So when my friend Kit Seeborg told me about her new start-up, BumperTunes, I thought, they could definitely help with the lousy quality music these services have to offer!

So, in the spirit of encouragement for Kit & team, who are really focused on the podcasting market rather than conference calling, I just wanted to share what I have to listen to between 5 to 10 times a week (sometimes multiple times in a day):

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Update: If you have other examples, please record and post here! It’s easy. On Windows, just go to Programs > Accessories > Entertainment > Sound Recorder (fire up your lovely conference call tune and hit record)

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Jared M. Spool said,

May 8, 2009 @ 1:22 pm

How cool would it be to play a personal playlist, using your phone number as a id?

Personally, I’d like it to just be silent, so I can listen to my own PC music.

(On a different note, we use selected tunes from my own library before each of our virtual seminars. I’ve learned that, because I’m usually really nervous before each one, that I now get anxious when I hear the same tunes on shuffle. I have to switch out the music fairly frequently so I don’t build up the associations.)

Jared

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Jeff Lash said,

May 8, 2009 @ 3:40 pm

I’ve found myself singing this music (this exact same song, in fact) in my head too many times to mention — especially on evenings and weekends. That’s a sign that one is on too many conference calls, I think…

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Kit Seeborg said,

May 8, 2009 @ 4:49 pm

Yes, we’re astounded at the lack of interesting music at the corporate / enterprise level and we’re shifting our focus. The BumperTunes team is donning capes and wings to save the world from horrible hold music!

p.s. I love Jared’s personal playlist idea.

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Livia said,

May 11, 2009 @ 10:52 am

Jared, I like the idea of just having the option of silence. Simple. Useful.

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