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Bug the neighbors with an MP3 doorbell

The ringtone trend has gone too far.

Mike Yamamoto Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.
Mike Yamamoto
Everything USB

This ringtone business has gone too far. It's one thing for everyone to have a "signature" tune for the cell phone, and we can even live with customized land lines. But doorbells? Enough already.

What used to be a DIY thing has now gone mass market with the "USB Doorbell," a device that lets you play any MP3 file instead of the usual chime for up to 30 seconds, according to Everything USB--which, depending on your taste in music, could easily seem like an eternity to an unsuspecting visitor. For just $100, you too can be the obnoxious neighbor we're used to seeing only on TV.