Music on hold

Music on hold is used when callers wait for further actions, in order to maintain the telephone connection and make the wait more pleasant. Music on hold is automatically played to the caller during waiting periods and it ends when the call continues. With longer waits, spoken announcements that give the caller's current queue position, for example, often interrupt the music.

Possible applications of music on hold

Music on hold can be used for various telephone activities. It can be played when the caller is placed on hold or when their call is being forwarded to another internal participant. Call centres frequently play music when callers are on hold and queuing or while waiting to be put through to a further participant. Some systems support music on hold instead of a ringtone. Here, when a caller sets up a call, instead of the normal ring tone, they hear music being played until a successful connection is made.

Setting up music on hold for telephone systems

Depending on the type of telephone system, music on hold may be set up in different ways. With older models, it is often possible to connect a playback device, for example, a CD player, on which the desired music is played. Many systems offer the option of selecting music directly from a memory chip in the system. Modern cloud telephone systems generally allow users to upload music digitally, over the network, in the form of a sound file.

The importance of royalty-free music on hold

It should be noted that royalty fees for playing licensed music are payable under certain circumstances. To save these costs, so-called royalty-free music is often used for music on hold. In addition, there are a number of companies that specialise in the professional production of individual and tailor-made music on hold for companies.

Further information

Call centre

What is a call centre?
A call centre is a specialist, centralised facility that handles phone calls between organisations and customers or prospective customers. Call centres can handle inbound calls,…

Read more