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Behind the Story of the iPhone's Default Text Tone

timothy posted 1 year,10 days | from the it's-the-little-things dept.

Communications 102

An anonymous reader writes "In a fascinating post from Kelly Jacklin, the long time Apple software engineer details how he helped create the default text alert sound on the iPhone — a sound otherwise known as 'Tri-tone.' The history of the the pleasant text alert sound that we've all come to know and love stretches all the way back to 1998, nearly 10 years before the iPhone ever hit store shelves." Here's Jacklin's post.

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First post (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44540571)

first post

Ruined it for everyone

ass pounder v.1.0 (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44540577)

how many iphones can you pack in your ass at once without leakage?

Re:ass pounder v.1.0 (5, Funny)

BrokenHalo (565198) | 1 year,10 days | (#44541095)

how many iphones can you pack in your ass at once without leakage?

I don't think the wombat features highly in the /. demographic:

As you splash along the track
Eyes alert and ears pinned back
You might have seen those queer square turds
And thought, if not expressed in words

The stress of such a defecation
Baffles ones' imagination
But it's not done to entertain us -
The Wombat has an oblong anus.

So if your slumber is disturbed
By cries and screams, don't be perturbed.
Eyes closed, teeth clenched and racked with pain
A Wombat's gone and crapped again!!

HTH

Re:ass pounder v.1.0 (3, Interesting)

pongo000 (97357) | 1 year,10 days | (#44542315)

All I can say is never in a million years did I think I would ever search for "wombat turds." Even more surreal is this video [io9.com] . I'm just astounded. Fuck the iPhone tritone, this is far more interesting....

But ... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44540579)

But the only sound of any real importance to Apple is that of their cash registers ringing (just like every other phone and consumer electronics manufacturer or retailer).

Attention to detail (2, Funny)

tuo42 (3004801) | 1 year,10 days | (#44540581)

Wether you love or hate Apple, it's exactly this attention to detail that makes many of their products special. As long as you pay enough attention to hold them right, of course ;)

Re:Attention to detail (5, Insightful)

Sockatume (732728) | 1 year,10 days | (#44540649)

Or in this case the attention to detail of a sound designer creating a sound effect for a different product that Apple would eventually buy out, and reuse the sound from in another completely different product for a completely different purpose.

Kudos to Apple for picking a sound out of all the possible Apple-owned sound effects that sounds appropriately "messagey", especially in comparison to the specially-composed ring- and message-tones it had to compete with, but the nerdly attention to detail belongs to someone else.

Re:Attention to detail (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44540741)

Exactly. They should have props for sosumi though.

Re:Attention to detail (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44540663)

Except that this attention to detail was at a company that was bought by Apple after the sound was developed.

Re:Attention to detail (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,9 days | (#44546843)

Apple showed exactly the same attention to detail when they came up with the startup chime sound for the original Mac.

Re:Attention to detail (0)

Eunuchswear (210685) | 1 year,10 days | (#44540677)

Attention to detail:

Dit Dit Dit

De De

Dit Dit Dit

Apple - a-historicat losers.

Re:Attention to detail (1)

Sockatume (732728) | 1 year,10 days | (#44540695)

Yes it would be much better if they were properly historicat.

You tempted the fates when you mentioned attention to detail.

Re:Attention to detail (1)

gmack (197796) | 1 year,10 days | (#44540969)

I have a feeling that cellphone companies deliberately changed SOS to something else in order not to cause trouble. Unfortunately the result now is that most people have the wrong idea of what SOS in Morse code sounds like.

Re:Attention to detail (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44541471)

It's not "something else", it's SMS.

Re:Attention to detail (1)

plover (150551) | 1 year,9 days | (#44546517)

The letter 'O' is represented in Morse code by three dashes, while the letter 'M' is represented by two dashes. Therefore the vibration pattern of . . . - - . . . spells out SMS, not SOS. It's a clever and subtle way to announce text messages, and kudos to the Apple engineer who came up with it.

However some complete moron at Apple mislabeled it "S.O.S." in their list of standard vibration patterns, and it remains mislabeled even today. Thus the hate on Apple for lacking attention to detail.

Re:Attention to detail (1)

Eunuchswear (210685) | 1 year,9 days | (#44550439)

The letter 'O' is represented in Morse code by three dashes, while the letter 'M' is represented by two dashes. Therefore the vibration pattern of . . . - - . . . spells out SMS, not SOS. It's a clever and subtle way to announce text messages, and kudos to the Apple engineer who came up with it.

ITYM NOKIA

Re:Attention to detail (1)

bickerdyke (670000) | 1 year,10 days | (#44540973)

That one almost drove me crazy when I heard it for the first time! (And the owner of the phone wasn't around to stop it from repeating) That sound is WAY TOO CLOSE to

Dit Dit Dit

De De De

Dit Dit Dit

One letter apart (1)

tepples (727027) | 1 year,10 days | (#44542683)

Would it have driven you crazy that "ess em ess" and "ess oh ess" are only one letter apart? And in some dialects, "em" and "oh" even sound similar, as the British "oh" sound starts fairly forward in the mouth.

Re:One letter apart (1)

bickerdyke (670000) | 1 year,10 days | (#44543779)

But that's unlikely to happen with a familiar language (or dialect)

While I knew the morse code for SOS, I didn't know the code for "M". HEck, it took me a while to find out that it was meant to spell SMS in the first place!

Pop-cultural osmosis failure (1)

tepples (727027) | 1 year,10 days | (#44543957)

So the real problem with Nokia's SMS tone is pop-cultural osmosis failure [tvtropes.org] . You were familiar with how to key "s" and "o" through pop culture, but only hams and others who find Morse code "a familiar dialect" know what "m" is.

Re:Pop-cultural osmosis failure (1)

bickerdyke (670000) | 1 year,10 days | (#44544963)

Wow... that was probably the wordiest way to say "Ha, ha! You don't know morse".

But you raise a good point: How many people recognized those beeps as mores anyway?

I must be some kind of outlier (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44540591)

I can't for the life of me think of what the 'tri-tone' sounds like.

On the other hand, the Nokia tune [wikipedia.org] is possibly more well known than Mickey Mouse.

Re:I must be some kind of outlier (1)

gl4ss (559668) | 1 year,10 days | (#44543035)

yeah, it ain't popular until the birds are singing it.
literally.

anyways, I think that nowadays they should make them all choose a different tone on first bootup, randomly. for rather obvious reasons.

+old nokia sms beeps are sms, literally(in morse).

Re:I must be some kind of outlier (1)

mirix (1649853) | 1 year,9 days | (#44549485)

I seem to think the default one was just 'M', and the 'special' one was SMS, which was a bit long winded.

Re:I must be some kind of outlier (1)

Miamicanes (730264) | 1 year,9 days | (#44547629)

> I can't for the life of me think of what the 'tri-tone' sounds like.

You know what's funny? I remember at one point (Miami, early 2000s) when you couldn't go *anywhere* without hearing it constantly. Then, almost overnight (circa 2005), it just kind of disappeared(*). Oh, for another year or two, you could still hear it occasionally if you were in South Beach, or someplace around lots of visitors from South America or Europe, but I can't even remember the last time I actually heard a phone playing it.

(*) Sometime around 2003 or 2004, Nokia decided they were too good to make phones capable of anything besides legacy GSM and 1900/2100 UMTS, which meant their phones were basically useless paperweights in the US. Nokia's fall from glory had its roots in their decision to abandon the US because it was (at the time) a smaller GSM market than Portugal, but what Nokia's management overlooked was the *immense* influence of American web sites and publications... the American authors of which all just kind of assumed that Nokia had gone bankrupt or something, or at least ceased to be relevant anywhere besides poor rural villages in Africa.

There's a *reason* why Sony[-Ericsson] practically bends over backwards to give its phones away like candy to American reviewers who live in cities with good T-Mobile HSPA+ coverage, even though they don't sell many phones here... they don't want to repeat Nokia's mistake.

Here's the sound (5, Informative)

the_other_chewey (1119125) | 1 year,10 days | (#44540603)

Not being an iThing user myself, I didn't know what this Tri-tone
is supposed to be. And it doesn't seem to playable at or even linked
to from any of the story links.

So here it is [youtube.com] .

Aaaaah, that one.

Re:Here's the sound (1)

psergiu (67614) | 1 year,10 days | (#44540691)

Thanks a lot !
Mod Parent Up !

Re:Here's the sound (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44540699)

So I've just learnt that Tri-tone is:
  - never going to give me up
  - never going to let me down
  - never going to run around
  - or desert me.

Re:Here's the sound (-1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | 1 year,10 days | (#44540879)

Sigh...a sound is a link to youtube. Why can't we just have a direct link to an MP3? Jeez louise. This is worse than people who make videos of...photos. That's what flickr is for!

Re:Here's the sound (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44540941)

You misspelled "iTard".

Honestly... who the fuck leaves the default tones on??
Thatâ(TM)s like leaving your clock blinking on 12:00, or leaving the plastic foil on your newly bought electronic device and couch.

They want everything to behave like they want it, yet they are too fuckin' lazy to go through even the most basic configuration screens once... And because "nobody uses it" the option simply gets removed, and I get *forced* to use full-on retard mode ALL THE TIME.

Seriously, I have enough! I'll dedicate my life to eradicate the morons and their Idiocracy. I'm not a moron, so no, OF COURSE I won't do any of it myself, like you, being a moron, will certainly assume. Only a moron thinks receiving harm justifies dashing out harm. No. Not acceptable! If anything, I'll just watch and let you destroy *yourselves*. Because you WANT to. In fact I will work hard on *protecting* you, so your self-inflicted destruction will be as slow and painful for you as possible. Because Enough is FUCKIN' enough!

Re:Here's the sound (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44541027)

Could you either elaborate or try that last paragraph again? I didn't really get any.. meaning.. out of it?

Re:Here's the sound (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44541031)

Who leaves the default tones on/leaves clocks blinking/etc?

People who have better things to do with their lives.

But, yes, we're the (screaming, bitching, whining, butthurt) moron.

Re:Here's the sound (1, Flamebait)

fph il quozientatore (971015) | 1 year,10 days | (#44541875)

Just play it out loud, and every hipster around you will reach for their pocket.

Virus database has been updated (1)

tepples (727027) | 1 year,10 days | (#44542711)

Not necessarily. For several versions, avast! antivirus used a very similar tone to show that it has downloaded new definitions, followed by a synthesized voice stating "Virus database has been updated."

Re:Here's the sound (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44544179)

thanks ... didn't know it either

Hardly Iconic (0)

Saint Gerbil (1155665) | 1 year,10 days | (#44540609)

Its no Nokia tune thats for sure.

Dah dala da da

(or angry frog for poor quality but memorable)

Re:Hardly Iconic (2)

Enry (630) | 1 year,10 days | (#44540625)

IIRC, Thomas Dolby came up with that one. Or at least made the technology to do polyphonic sound on a phone.

Re:Hardly Iconic (1)

therealkevinkretz (1585825) | 1 year,10 days | (#44540645)

Huh?

Re:Hardly Iconic (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44540683)

You know, Thomas "She Blinded Me With Science" Dolby [bbc.co.uk] . The synth genius.

Re:Hardly Iconic (4, Funny)

Sockatume (732728) | 1 year,10 days | (#44540681)

The Nokia Tune predates polyphonic ringtones. You've not really heard it unless you've heard it in its original dentist-drill format, in its preferred setting of "important part of movie you've been waiting to see for months" or "close enough to hear, but too far to reach and silence, while you are attempting to fall asleep".

Re:Hardly Iconic (1)

operagost (62405) | 1 year,10 days | (#44541179)

I'm getting nostalgic for a good-old game of "Snakes".

Re:Hardly Iconic (1)

Sockatume (732728) | 1 year,10 days | (#44542015)

I'm feeling nostalgic for the times when other people's phones that just gave you a dim green glow in your peripheral vision and not a glaring white search light.

MFing snakes (1)

tepples (727027) | 1 year,10 days | (#44542763)

Guess what kind of space the snakes in the Nokia phone game [wikipedia.org] moved around on.

Yes, they were MFing snakes on a MFing plane long before Samuel L. Jackson starred in that meme of a movie.

Re:MFing snakes (1)

Sockatume (732728) | 1 year,9 days | (#44550111)

There's a great compendium of Snake variants called "snakes on a cartesian plane" that might be relevant to your interests.

Annoying stupid D-bags (1)

tepples (727027) | 1 year,10 days | (#44542723)

You've not really heard it unless you've heard it in its original dentist-drill format

You mean back when the lyrics were "You annoying stupid douchebag, turn your phone off now"?

Re:Hardly Iconic (2, Informative)

Njovich (553857) | 1 year,10 days | (#44540817)

Oh he came up with it? Was that before or after Francisco Tarrega wrote in in 1902?

Re:Hardly Iconic (1)

mirix (1649853) | 1 year,9 days | (#44549505)

The Nokia tune is a couple bars from some classical spanish guitar piece, if memory serves.

Thanks, timothy (4, Insightful)

Sockatume (732728) | 1 year,10 days | (#44540615)

I know that the Slashdot editors get a lot of stick for apparently being asleep at the wheel, but taking the time to add the original source article and not just the blog provided in the original submission is very welcome.

Re:Thanks, timothy (1)

Nyder (754090) | 1 year,10 days | (#44540639)

I know that the Slashdot editors get a lot of stick for apparently being asleep at the wheel, but taking the time to add the original source article and not just the blog provided in the original submission is very welcome.

And not get kickbacks from the bloggers?

Re:Thanks, timothy (2)

Princeofcups (150855) | 1 year,10 days | (#44541853)

And not get kickbacks from the bloggers?

I don't think they are smart enough to ask for kickbacks. Ooooo, burn. :-)

Ah, the old days when you could check slashdot at 3:00AM and see Cowboy Neal diligently posting new interesting articles...

Easy to Fascinate Tomithy (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44540655)

The story of some cute beeps and boops is a pretty low threshold for fascination.

Captcha: Teh Shiny!

Re:Easy to Fascinate Tomithy (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44541403)

You don't understand... it's the dail Steve Jobbo bowel movement post. From beyond the grave FTW!!!

Re:Easy to Fascinate Tomithy (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44542179)

The story of some cute beeps and boops is a pretty low threshold for fascination.

Captcha: Teh Shiny!

Although I agree with you that this article is a pretty pathetic fanboyish waste of Slashdot space, I really have to wonder, regarding your comment, if you're fully aware of how nerd brains work in general.

Re:Easy to Fascinate Tomithy (1)

jellomizer (103300) | 1 year,10 days | (#44543799)

Well a lot of great things in the world are very simple. And making something simple isn't always easy, it may take a lot of skill, and trying.

Know and Love? (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44540661)

the pleasant text alert sound that we've all come to know and love

It's fucking annoying.

Re: Know and Love? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44542089)

It must remind you constantly what an abysmal failure that Hemroid operating system is.

That's (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44540689)

...genuine innovation, folks!

Now, let's sue every fucking one in the tech industry who thinks about using a vaguely similar tone!

Link to the actual interview (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44540709)

Am I the only one that's annoyed they they link to some blog post about the interview instead of the actual interview? If the write-up is really good on the blog, sure, post it. At least LINK to the actual story though.

First Thing to Replace (2)

Colonel Korn (1258968) | 1 year,10 days | (#44540757)

The first thing I did when I got an iPhone 5 was to replace this sound with the much subtler but more recognizable HTC Woodblock sound I've been using for several years. But now I call it Fakeblock for obvious reasons.

Re:First Thing to Replace (2)

AmiMoJo (196126) | 1 year,10 days | (#44543243)

When I eventually figured out what it was I was surprised. It isn't really iconic, any more than the default Windows XP event sound. Generic, mushy, tuneless, forgettable...

For a while I used the JR East announcement sound: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T9qVpa6coE [youtube.com]

Re:First Thing to Replace (1)

Flozzin (626330) | 1 year,10 days | (#44543759)

What really annoys me is there aren't different sounds for different grains of wood or even different wood types themselves. There's really a lot to improve on in the area of wood sounds. Bet you could make a bundle of money making an app that would do different wood sounds effectively.

generilization (1)

Eyezen (548114) | 1 year,10 days | (#44540777)

Who's this we you refer to?

Coo (2)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | 1 year,10 days | (#44540811)

He used Lisp, nice. Granted it was just for analysis and not to generate self-modifying, evolving code.

Re:Coo (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44541103)

And by "analysis" you mean generating size 3 and 4 permutations on a subset of possible notes -- which is something a couple of for-loops in any language could accomplish in about five lines and under five minutes? If this was him using Lisp because he is trying to use it, you know, cool. But I don't understand the purpose of the reference at all; it seems about as irrelevant to me as mentioning the writing utensil he was using back then to jot down his notes during the attempts, or the kind of tea/coffee he was drinking..

I'm definitely not criticising you Impy, but I just can't figure out if the OP's mention was self promotional or trying to showcase the language or ... why??

Re:Coo (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44541589)

I'm definitely not criticising you Impy, but I just can't figure out if the OP's mention was self promotional or trying to showcase the language or ... why??

The language used for something is stuff that matters.

Well, not really. But at least on the list of buzzwords on someones resume.

Re:Coo (1)

PPH (736903) | 1 year,10 days | (#44541711)

which is something a couple of for-loops in any language could accomplish in about five lines

But to use only five lines of code to both get something done AND raise the collective ire of Slashdot? I can only think of a few languages that are capable of this. Ruby comes to mind.

Re:Coo (1)

Sockatume (732728) | 1 year,10 days | (#44542081)

Every single piece of hardware and software they used is referenced and properly linked to in the source article. I think it's just their inherent nerdiness and/or nostalgia about the tools they were using at the time. Sample paragraph:

At the time (this was mid-1999), my computer was a Mac PowerPC tower (Blue and White PowerMac G3). Although a guitar player, I was dabbling in MIDI, primarily for drums and pads. I was big-time into the various extensions of General MIDI, as I wanted something fairly standard, and had settled on Yamaha's XG extensions, as they seemed the most rational and versatile, and I had bought a Yamaha MU90R on advice from a friend (Tom O'Brien). I had then purchased this PCI card for the tower called a Yamaha SW1000XG, which had a 64-voice XG chipset.., ...and it goes on like this.

Re:Coo (1)

gsslay (807818) | 1 year,10 days | (#44542347)

Because he is reminiscing about what he used at the time, and many of his readers will find it interesting.

I was particularly interested in his talk of the SW1000XG, and Opcode OMS. He didn't have to include that detail, but I found it all the more interesting because of it. Probably because I used the same technology at the time.

Re:Coo (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,9 days | (#44550625)

Well, I don't know jack about the hardware, and I just assumed that it wasn't all interchangeable -- that specific sound (and especially MIDI hardware) would synthesize the same combination of notes in tonally different ways, and that the actual SW1000XG (PCI card?) and Opcode OMS (google image looks like it's some kind of "switch/router" but for audio equipment?) were relevant to the specific outcome (in the same way that Biologists mention their microscope and camera equipment when looking at stuff in vitro)..

The Lisp was used to generate crap that he had to regex just to format back to 1 4 5, 1 5 8, etc.. that's ASCII text output and it's binary equivalent to the output of any other methodology.

Why am I obsessing over this :-(

Really? (2)

Iconoc (2646179) | 1 year,10 days | (#44540835)

Having been an Android user for some time, I have always thought that tone we all "know and love" sounds clunky and antiquated. Step back. Look at your surroundings. Find something else that deserves obsession. This isn't it.

Re:Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44541229)

Translation:

I'm a Fandroid. Like all other fanbois I'm less concerned with what the end user does with the technology than what flavor of technology they own. Anything that any company ever does that doesn't support my express misguided feelings of loyalty to a certain product will be clunky and antiquated in my eyes. Don't even bother to discuss the virtues of any technology with me because my mind is already made up.

Mods:

Modded up? A chance to actually decide on a technology by its merits and not the company behind it or an Apple fanboi.
Modded down? Just another Fandroid in a Fandroid world.

Re:Really? (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | 1 year,10 days | (#44541755)

Translation:

I'm a Fandroid. Like all other fanbois I'm less concerned with what the end user does with the technology than what flavor of technology they own. Anything that any company ever does that doesn't support my express misguided feelings of loyalty to a certain product will be clunky and antiquated in my eyes. Don't even bother to discuss the virtues of any technology with me because my mind is already made up.

I have to admit, this is the first time I've ever seen someone get so exceedingly butthurt over criticism of a fucking ringtone.

That's not a complement, BTW.

Mods:

Modded up? A chance to actually decide on a technology by its merits and not the company behind it or an Apple fanboi.
Modded down? Just another Fandroid in a Fandroid world.

You missed one: Modded down appropriately, because you're a jackass with fucked-up priorities.

Re:Really? (0)

Iconoc (2646179) | 1 year,10 days | (#44542799)

Let me simplify this for you since you may not have made through the first sentence before hitting reply:

Step back. Look at your surroundings. Find something else that deserves obsession. This isn't it.

Perhaps this wasn't visible on your iPhone display...

Not really a "tritone" (3, Informative)

Clueless Moron (548336) | 1 year,10 days | (#44541075)

In music lingo, "tritone" just means an interval of six semitones, or an augmented fourth. It's the strange sound you get when playing a C and F# at the same time.

Re:Not really a "tritone" (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44541153)

No one must ever create a new meaning for an existing word. Especially an obscure technical term. That's unforgiveable.

Re:Not really a "tritone" (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44541215)

You sir, are brilliant. And by "brilliant" I mean "an idiot" since words can change meaning at anybody's whim.

Re:Not really a "tritone" (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44541699)

AC(#44541215), given the context, "whoosh."

I guess I need to spell this out for you. Clueless Moron (uid548336) posted the exact same semantic argument that AC (#44541153) said in an effort to point out the exact absurdity that you yourself agreed with (words can and do change meaning). Try reading the first AC's post again but !this time! with tags around it. See? No? :-[

Re:Not really a "tritone" (2)

operagost (62405) | 1 year,10 days | (#44541159)

In addition to this head-scratcher in the linked article:

For all you music buffs out there, Jacklin also mentions that he wanted the sound to have a happy vibe, so he particularly experimented with "notes from the major scale, focusing on I, III, IV, V, and VIII" octaves.

I'm guessing the article writer isn't a musician, not knowing that the VIII and the octave mean the same (although I never hear anyone use VIII; it's octave or in notation "8va" because harmonically the I and the VIII are the same).

Re:Not really a "tritone" (3, Informative)

harperska (1376103) | 1 year,10 days | (#44541819)

The original quote from Jacklin's blog is:

I wanted a happy feel, so notes from the major scale, focussing on I, III, IV, V, and VIII (the octave).

But yes, it's clear that to the article writer 'octave' was simply a buzzword, and he didn't grasp the significance of the roman numerals. So he assumed that those numerals were different sorts of 'octaves'.

Re:Not really a "tritone" (1)

trumpetplayer (520581) | 1 year,10 days | (#44541207)

...or a diminished fifth, depending on context :-D

Re:Not really a "tritone" (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44542993)

Not only that, but the interval was known as the Devil's interval and band in music for a time. ref [theguardian.com]

Does he work in Gubmint? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44541093)

"my job was secure and cushy, and I didn't feel like taking any risks"

Or is this the leading edge, risk taking private sector?

Not to be confused (3, Interesting)

trumpetplayer (520581) | 1 year,10 days | (#44541109)

Tri-tone as in "melody using 3 tones", not to be confused with the tritone interval http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tritone [wikipedia.org] which is considered the most dissonant interval there is in the so called just intonation system.

Re:Not to be confused (1)

trumpetplayer (520581) | 1 year,10 days | (#44541187)

In fact I've just listened to the tone and it uses the intervals of a perfect fifth up, followed by an octave up (counting from the first note, D), which are the two most consonant intervals of them all, since their frequencies are strongly present on the first note anyway, in the form of natural harmonics.

hELLO!!! (0)

WinstonWolfIT (1550079) | 1 year,10 days | (#44541113)

yEAH i'M IN THE toilet! The TOILET!!! No!! Just finished. Tchao!!!!!!!!!!!

fuckEr (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44541127)

Sarcasm (2, Insightful)

greggman (102198) | 1 year,10 days | (#44541131)

"Know and love"

When I hear that sound I think (a) asshole should set her damn phone to silent instead of annoying everyone around her (b) uncreative as she's too lazy to pick something more original (c) probably wants to show off her iGadjetness as a fashion statement which makes her seem even more shallow

Yes, I'm aware these thoughts may reflect poorly on myself as well

Re:Sarcasm (1)

Sockatume (732728) | 1 year,10 days | (#44542051)

Or maybe cause you're not sure you'll feel your phone go off and you don't give enough of a crap about it to change it from the default?

Re:Sarcasm (1)

greggman (102198) | 1 year,10 days | (#44542341)

> maybe cause you're not sure you'll feel your phone go off

Is not a good excuse to annoy everyone around you.

And as for this specific sound, if you wanted to make sure you knew it was "your" phone wouldn't it be good to change it so you're not pulling your phone out every time you hear that damn common sound?

Not until iOS 6 (1)

SethJohnson (112166) | 1 year,10 days | (#44544919)

One of the frustrating things about custom ringtones in the iOS platform has been that for whatever reason, users weren't able to assign custom ringtones to the text notification until iOS 6. That had been a thorn in my toe for several years.

If you want attention ... (1)

PPH (736903) | 1 year,10 days | (#44541745)

... replace the default tone with a recording of a .45 slide racking.

Re:If you want attention ... (1)

plover (150551) | 1 year,9 days | (#44546677)

Or a Remington 12 gauge pump action. With all the movies that use it, that sound has almost become hardwired into our brains to call attention to danger.

Of course, all I can think about then is getting a phone call during a traffic stop and reaching into your pocket to silence the ringer. "Honestly, officer, it's my ring tone!"

royalties (1)

tatman (1076111) | 1 year,10 days | (#44541795)

Too bad he didn't some how arrange to have royalties paid to himself for each copy of that little sound. :)

I'm still using Palm Treo sounds on my iPhone (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44541871)

I ripped them a few years ago. When the Treo Flute sound goes off, people my age and older often give me a smile.

Motorola Astral Tone (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44541907)

The Astral tone on the Motorola T900 pager was a very simple tone by comparison to tones of the last few years. However, it was great for waking you up from a deep sleep to let you know part of your infrastructure was down. The way scaled notes up and down made it much easier to hear over ambient noise, like a TV, if the pager was accidentally left in another room. If anyone has link for the tone, would you mind sharing?

Pleasant (1)

BostjanSkufca (1596207) | 1 year,10 days | (#44541921)

Route Nagios notifications to your phone and you will never describe your text message notification sound with an adjective "pleasant" :)

Re:Pleasant (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44544753)

Nagios has its own tone on my phone (MGS codec).

You might be an iTard... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44543477)

.... if you give a shit about this.

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