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(Gizmodo)   The story of the world's most popular phone sound: the iPhone's text message "tri-tone." Bonus: listen to all the rejected ones   (gizmodo.com) divider line 43
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2013-08-10 09:26:28 PM  
Sorry, Steve Jobs.  My android phone tells me I have a message with the ED-E "alert" sound from Fallout New Vegas.

/also good to know when the ghouls from Marketing approach the lunch room.
 
2013-08-10 09:43:44 PM  
Common and popular are not the same thing.

I turned my first iphone to vibrate and haven't heard any of Apple's sounds since.
 
2013-08-10 09:56:41 PM  
I couldn't tell you what that sounds like.
 
2013-08-10 10:13:49 PM  
That whistle alert they have now drives me crazy
 
2013-08-10 10:55:51 PM  
There's nothing better than trying to eat lunch in a restaurant while the party three tables down is texting with their alerts turned up full blast.
 
2013-08-10 11:58:26 PM  
People still send text messages?
 
2013-08-10 11:59:08 PM  
 
2013-08-11 12:13:22 AM  
Was expecting Thomas Dolby...
 
2013-08-11 12:19:17 AM  
I'm pretty sure the Western Electric electromechanical BRRRRINGGG!! has "the most popular phone sound" record locked up in terms of units installed ever.

Just saying.
 
2013-08-11 12:22:10 AM  
I have a standard traditional bell ringer and no other "tones" turned on my EVO 4G. My device is a Phone after all.  For the other functions, I don't feel I have to bring attention to every farkin click I make.
 
2013-08-11 12:25:16 AM  

Rusty Shackleford: Sorry, Steve Jobs.  My android phone tells me I have a message with the ED-E "alert" sound from Fallout New Vegas.

/also good to know when the ghouls from Marketing approach the lunch room.


I've switched between the beep the pipe bombs make in Left 4 Dead (one beep, short, easy) and a Command and Conquer clip announcing a nuclear launch detected (funny a few times, then it's too annoying)
 
2013-08-11 12:27:55 AM  
 
2013-08-11 12:43:36 AM  

fusillade762: Was expecting Thomas Dolby...


That's because you've been blinded by science.
 
2013-08-11 12:44:05 AM  
Grab a copy of this and make your own.

http://www.amazon.com/Star-Trek-Effects-Original-Soundtrack/dp/B0000 01 P04

The only original sound effect not in this TOS collection are the "Communicator beeps" when you have a message.


I also use the "Jetsons" door bell ring, Orac from blakes 7 and several Doctor Who sounds. The Gonk is also worth a short sample.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksR0wDS-L_c

/Put some effort into this, people.
 
2013-08-11 12:50:27 AM  

Fark Me To Tears: There's nothing better than trying to eat lunch in a restaurant while the party three tables down is texting with their alerts turned up full blast.


The worst is when someone is on a bus, with their phone in their hand furiously texting someone, with their alerts loud as can be.
This is also the optimal time for changing one's ringtone. You know, testing them all out.
 
2013-08-11 12:51:44 AM  
Yeah, you can get any sound you want from the L4D series if you have it on PC. The files are just kinda sitting there.
 
2013-08-11 01:02:07 AM  
That's actually not a tri-tone, from a music theory perspective.
 
2013-08-11 01:05:48 AM  
My sister's ringtone is an excerpt from Sesame Street's Yipyips and she probably still wonders why I'm giggling every time I pick up one of her calls.

My brother's ringtone is from Oingo Boingo's "Squeezit's Theme" from The Forbidden Zone (slightly NSFW video)

Dad gets an edit of the KWIDGIBO scene from The Simpsons. "AAAH! KWIDGIBO ON THE LOOSE!"

Various girlfriends have had the John Philip Sousa's "Liberty Bell March" aka Monty Python's Flying Circus opening and the Flying Monkey Guard's "OH-E-OH" song, and the theme from "Space, 1999". I'm still figuring out current g/f's theme.

Ex G/F's get E. Power Biggs "Tocatta and Fuge in D minor." If they're calling me, it's usually for something portentous and dire.
 
2013-08-11 01:10:08 AM  
My phone rings like the sheriff's from EUReKA.

And my txts are The Jetson's doorbell.

And all this makes me teh sexay.

Really.
 
2013-08-11 01:22:06 AM  
Whatever happened to fark audioedits? There was an archive of them somewhere online a few years back and it was some hilarious stuff.
 
2013-08-11 01:27:10 AM  
When my wife's MIL or my MIL call me the phone does this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_WERPN8KO8
 
2013-08-11 01:34:46 AM  

teto85: When my wife's MIL or my MIL call me the phone does this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_WERPN8KO8


mine too

or my wifes during bar/football season
 
2013-08-11 01:49:07 AM  

JudgeItoBox: People still send text messages?


It's my preferred method of communication, as I hate talking to people.
 
2013-08-11 01:53:41 AM  
Bubb Rubb has been my ringtone for some time now...

WOO-WOO you know what I'm saying?
 
2013-08-11 01:59:44 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: I couldn't tell you what that sounds like.


I can. I love to play it at top volume inside a crowded Apple store or Starbucks to make everyone around me check their phones all at once.
 
2013-08-11 02:00:11 AM  
I dunno, those tones sound way better then the default "hip hop" tone or whatever that's come on my and my wife's latest Android. It's a good thing you can change it to whatever you want.
 
2013-08-11 02:06:36 AM  
Still have my Android set up to play this song whenever my mom texts me.

/can't tell you how many disturbed looks I've gotten in public thanks to that
 
2013-08-11 02:16:25 AM  
Which is now completely useless because every damn app uses it. I've had to set my text tone to something else to know if it's a text or something else.
 
2013-08-11 02:20:32 AM  
Gordon Bennett:

cameroncrazy1984: I couldn't tell you what that sounds like.

I can. I love to play it at top volume inside a crowded Apple store or Starbucks to make everyone around me check their phones all at once.


For various reasons I had a pager back in the days when you were either a drug dealer or a doctor if you had one. Anyway, I attended a Microsoft seminar in Washington DC, and a thought occurred to me...

I reached down, switched my pager off and back on. "beep beep beep!"

You never saw such a collection of nerds dive for their hip all at once. It was like a synchronized dance move.
 
2013-08-11 03:51:10 AM  
I use the Metal Gear communicator alert for texts from the wife. The Metal Gear "discovered" sound is for everyone else.

And I use the WH13 Farnsworth ringtone for voice calls from said wife.
 
2013-08-11 04:33:43 AM  

teto85: When my wife's MIL or my MIL call me the phone does this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_WERPN8KO8


I use that for my boss
 
2013-08-11 06:13:13 AM  
My text message and email alert is Dawn from Buffy The Vampire Slayer saying "Holy crap!", which is also my PC critical stop sound.. My ringtone is the Bad Horse chorus from Dr Horrible.
 
2013-08-11 08:20:06 AM  

DarthBart: I use the Metal Gear communicator alert for texts from the wife. The Metal Gear "discovered" sound is for everyone else.

And I use the WH13 Farnsworth ringtone for voice calls from said wife.


Where did you find those? I've always wanted the ! noise.
 
2013-08-11 12:35:17 PM  

cyberspacedout: That's actually not a tri-tone, from a music theory perspective.


Wouldn't it be awesome though?

I think I'm going to change mine. Tweak the original sample just to get on my coworker's nerves.
 
2013-08-11 02:29:09 PM  
My ringtone is the ringtone Luigi's DS makes when Doctor E. Gadd calls him in Luigi's Mansion 2: Dark Moon:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlyejkQCvJg

My Text Tone is Phoenix Wright's "Objection!" and new mail is Navi's "Hey!"

/hilariously, sometimes my Edgeworth soundfile of him going "Take that!" plays instead of Navi, so i get this image of him irritatingly swatting her away to make his point.
 
2013-08-11 02:38:09 PM  
Completely boring stock guy, but if I was going to do it the wife's ring tone would be hypnotoad's brawrwrwrwrw sound.
 
2013-08-11 03:22:07 PM  

technofiend: Completely boring stock guy, but if I was going to do it the wife's ring tone would be hypnotoad's brawrwrwrwrw sound.


As long as you make Hypnotoad the caller ID image as well.
 
2013-08-11 06:20:59 PM  
I keep my phone on vibrate most of the time, but for those times when I am waiting on a call that can NOT be missed I have a ringtone that no one else around me ever seems to have. The Red Phone sound from In Like Flint. Pretty much can't be missed or mistaken for anyone's phone.but mine.
 
2013-08-11 07:03:37 PM  

blahpers: cyberspacedout: That's actually not a tri-tone, from a music theory perspective.

Wouldn't it be awesome though?

I think I'm going to change mine. Tweak the original sample just to get on my coworker's nerves.


Haha, nice. It's an open fifth in the key of D. I just plunked it out on my keyboard to see how a tritone would sound there. To imitate the ringtone, you'd just need to add a decent amount of reverb, and cut it off at the end before the sound has completely decayed.
 
2013-08-11 07:23:18 PM  
That lame tone was the first thing I changed when I got my first iDevice.
 
2013-08-11 10:13:09 PM  

Dufus: I keep my phone on vibrate most of the time, but for those times when I am waiting on a call that can NOT be missed I have a ringtone that no one else around me ever seems to have. The Red Phone sound from In Like Flint. Pretty much can't be missed or mistaken for anyone's phone.but mine.


Oh, I've always wanted that one. Mostly because so few people would actually know what it was.

Referenced an 83 function lighter once. Blank stares.
 
2013-08-11 10:21:25 PM  
Can I have your attention, please?
wetalkwrestling.com

this is why I will forever loathe that sound.
 
2013-08-11 11:12:44 PM  
I'm sorry but I think you'll find the two most well known phone sounds are morse code for "connecting people" and "SMS" the old Nokia defaults for ring and unsurprisingly SMS.

At least here in Europe Nokia still has an outstanding amount of mind share for things like that even if very few people now use their phones.
 
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