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GOOG-411's "Biddy-Biddy-Boop" Sound Backstory

kdawson posted more than 6 years ago | from the party-to-whom-i'm-speaking dept.

Communications 194

Chris Albrecht writes "The bippedy-bippedy-bippedy sound you hear when using 1-800-GOOG-411 is actually a senior voice designer at Google. (Here's the sound.) The technical term for that noise is the 'fetch audio,' and it's more complicated to design than you'd think. For the first time, the voice of GOOG-411 talks about how he came up with it, how important that sound is, and how people now ask him to 'perform' it."

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GNAA rulez (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21308985)

When I think of dirty old men, I think of Ike Thomas and when I think about Ike I get a hard-on that won't quit.

Sixty years ago, I worked in what was once my grandfather's greenhouses. Gramps had died a year earlier and Grandma, now in her seventies had been forced to sell to the competition. I got a job with the new owners and mostly worked the range by myself. That summer, they hired a man to help me get the benches ready for the fall planting.

Ike always looked like he was three days from a shave and his whiskers were dirty white, shaded by the brim of his battered felt fedora.

He did not chew tobacco but the corners of his mouth turned down in a way that, at any moment, I expected a trickle of thin, brown juice to creep down his chin. His bushy, brown eyebrows shaded pale, gray eyes.

The old-timer extended his hand, lifted his leg like a dog about to mark a bush and let go the loudest fart I ever heard. The old fellow then winked at me, "Ike Thomas is the name and playing pecker's my game."

I thought he said, "Checkers." I was nineteen, green as grass. I said, "I was never much good at that game."

"Now me," said Ike, "I just love jumping men ..."

"I'll bet you do."

"... and grabbing on to their peckers," said Ike.

"I thought we were talking about ..."

"You like jumping old men's peckers?"

I shook my head.

"I reckon we'll have to remedy that." Ike lifted his right leg and let go another tremendous fart. "He said, "We best be getting to work."

That summer of 1941 was a more innocent time. I learned most of the sex I knew from those little eight pager cartoon booklets of comic-page characters going at it. Young men read them in the privacy of an outside john, played with themselves, by themselves and didn't brag about it. Sometimes, we got off with a trusted friend and helped each other out.

Under the greenhouse glass, the temperature some times climbed over the hundred degree mark. I had worked stripped to the waist since April and was as brown as a berry. On only his second day on the job and in the middle of August, Ike wore old fashioned overalls. Those and socks in his high-top work shoes was every stitch he wore. When he bent forward, the bib front billowed out and I could see the white curly hairs on his chest and belly.

"Me? I just love to eat pussy!" Ike licked his lips from corner to corner then sticking his tongue out far enough that the tip could touch the end of his nose. He said, A man's not a man till he knows first hand, the flavor of a lady's pussy."

"People do that?"

He winked. "Of course the taste of a hard cock ain't to be sneezed at neither. Now you answer me, yes or no. Does a man's cock taste salty or not?"

"I never ..."

"Well, old Ike's willing to let you find out."

"No way."

"Just teasing," said Ike. "But don't give me no sass or I'll show you my ass." He winked. "Might show it to you anyway, if you was to ask."

"Why would I do that?"

"Curiosity, maybe. I'm guessing you never had a good piece of man ass."

"I'm no queer."

"Now don't be getting judgmental. Enjoying what's at hand ain't being queer. It's taking pleasure where you find it with anybody willing." Ike slipped a hand into the side slit of his overalls and I could tell he was fondling and straightening out his cock. "Now I admit I got me a hole that satisfied a few guys."

I swallowed, hard.

Ike winked. "Care to be asshole buddies?"


We worked steadily until noon. Ike drew a worn pocket watch from the bib pocket of his loose overalls and croaked, "Bean time. But first its time to reel out our limber hoses and make with the golden arches before lunch."

I followed Ike to the end of the greenhouse where he stopped at the outside wall of the potting shed. He opened his fly, fished inside, and finger-hooked a soft white penis with a pouting foreskin puckered half an inch past the hidden head.

"Yes sir," breathed Ike, "this old peter needs some draining." He exhaled a sigh as a strong, yellow stream splattered against the boards and ran down to soak into the earthen floor.

He caught me looking down at him. He winked. "Like what you're viewing, Boy?"

I looked away.

"You taking a serious interest in old Ike's pecker?"

I shook my head.

"Well you just haul out yourn and let old Ike return the compliment."

Feeling trapped and really having to go, I fumbled at my fly, turned away slightly, withdrew my penis and strained to start.

"Take your time boy. Let it all hang out. Old Ike's the first to admit that he likes looking at another man's pecker." He flicked away the last drop of urine and shook his limp penis vigorously.

I tried not to look interested.

"Yes sir, this old peepee feels so good out, I just might leave it out." He turned to give me a better view.

"What if somebody walks in?"

Ike shrugged. He looked at my strong yellow stream beating against the boards and moved a step closer. "You got a nice one,boy."

I glanced over at him. His cock was definitely larger and beginning to stick straight out. I nodded toward his crotch. "Don't you think you should put that away?"

"I got me strictly a parlor prick," said Ike. "Barely measures six inches." He grinned. "Of course it's big enough around to make a mouthful." He ran a thumb and forefinger along its length and drawing his foreskin back enough to expose the tip of the pink head. "Yersiree." He grinned, revealing nicotine stained teeth. "It sure feels good, letting the old boy breathe."

I knew I should button up and move away. I watched his fingers moving up and down the thickening column.

"You like checking out this old man's cock?"

I nodded. In spite of myself, my cock began to swell.

"Maybe we should have ourselves a little pecker pulling party." Ike slid his fingers back and forth on his expanding shaft and winked. "I may be old but I'm not against doing some little pud pulling with a friend."

I shook my head.

"Maybe I'll give my balls some air. Would you like a viewing of old Ike's hairy balls?"

I swallowed hard and moistened my dry lips.

He opened another button on his fly and pulled out his scrotum. "Good God, It feels good to set 'em free. Now let's see yours."


"Just to show you're neighborly," said Ike.

"I don't think so." I buttoned up and moved into the potting shed.

Ike followed, his cock and balls protruding from the front of his overalls. "Overlook my informality." Ike grinned. "As you can see I ain't bashful."

I nodded and took my sandwich from the brown paper bag.

"Yessir," said Ike. "I just might have to have myself an old fashioned peter pulling all by my lonesome. He unhooked a shoulder strap and let his overalls drop around his ankles.

I took a bite of my sandwich but my eyes remained on Ike.

"Yessiree," said Ike, "I got a good one if I do say so myself. Gets nearly as hard as when I was eighteen. You know why?"

I shook my head.

"Cause I keep exercising him. When I was younger I was pulling on it three time a day. Still like to do him every day I can."

"Some say you'll go blind if you do that too much."

"Bull-loney!" Don't you believe that shit. I been pulling my pud for close to fifty years and I didn't start till I was fifteen."

I laughed.

"You laughing at my little peter, boy?"

"Your hat." I pointed to the soiled, brown fedora cocked on his head. That and his overalls draped about his ankles were his only items of apparel. In between was a chest full of gray curly hair, two hairy legs. Smack between them stood an erect, pale white cock with a tip of foreskin still hiding the head.

"I am one hairy S.O.B.," said Ike.

"I laughed at you wearing nothing but a hat."

"Covers up my bald spot," said Ike. "I got more hair on my ass than I got on my head. Want to see?"

"Your head?"

"No, Boy, my hairy ass and around my tight, brown asshole." He turned, reached back with both hands and parted his ass cheeks to reveal the small, puckered opening. "There it is, Boy, the entrance lots of good feelings. Tell me, Boy, how would you like to put it up old Ike's ass?"

"I don't think so."

"That'd be the best damned piece you ever got."

"We shouldn't be talking like this."

"C'mon now, confess, don't this make your cock perk up a little bit?"

"I reckon," I confessed.

"You ever seen an old man's hard cock before," asked Ike.

"My grandpa's when I was twelve or thirteen."

"How'd that come about?"

He was out in the barn and didn't know I was around. He dropped his pants. It was real big he did things to it. He saw me and he turned around real fast but I saw it."

"What did your grandpa do?"

"He said I shouldn't be watching him doing that. He said something like grandma wouldn't give him some,' that morning and that I should get out of there and leave a poor man in peace to do what he had to do."

"Did you want to join him."

"I might have if he'd asked. He didn't."

"I like showing off my cock," said Ike. "A hard-on is something I always been proud of. A hard-on proves a man's a man. Makes me feel like a man that can do things." He looked up at me and winked. "You getting a hard-on from all this talk, son?"

I nodded and looked away.

"Then maybe you should pull it out and show old Ike what you got."

"We shouldn't."

"Hey. A man's not a man till he jacked off with a buddy."

I wanted to but I was as nervous as hell.

Ike grinned and fingered his pecker. "C'mon, Boy, between friends, a little cock showing is perfectly fine. Lets see what you got in the cock and balls department."

In spite of my reluctance, I felt the stirring in my crotch. I had curiosity that needed satisfying. It had been a long, long time since I had walked in on my grandfather.

"C'mon let's see it all."

I shook my head.

"You can join the party anytime, said Ike. "Just drop your pants and pump away."

I had the urge. There was a tingling in my crotch. My cock was definitely willing and I had a terrible need to adjust myself down there. But my timidity and the strangeness of it all held me back.

Hope you don't mind if I play out this hand." Ike grinned. "It feels like I got a winner."

I stared at his gnarled hand sliding up and down that pale, white column and I could not look away. I wet my lips and shook my head.

Old Ike's about to spout a geyser." Ike breathed harder as he winked. "Now if I just had a long finger up my ass. You interested, boy?"

I shook my head.

The first, translucent, white glob crested the top of his cock and and arced to the dirt floor. Ike held his cock at the base with thumb and forefinger and tightened noticeably with each throb of ejaculation until he was finished.

I could not believe any man could do what he had done in front of another human being.

Ike sighed with pleasure and licked his fingers. "A man ain't a man till he's tasted his own juices."

He squatted, turned on the faucet and picked up the connected hose. He directed the water between his legs and on to his still dripping prick and milked the few remaining drops of white, sticky stuff into the puddle forming at his feet. "Cool water sure feels good on a cock that just shot its wad," said Ike.


"Cock-tale telling time," said Old Ike. It was the next day and he rubbed the front of his dirty,worn overalls where his bulge made the fly expand as his fingers smoothed the denim around the outline of his expanding cock.

I wasn't sure what he had in mind but I knew it wasn't something my straight-laced Grandma would approve of.

"Don't you like taking your cock out and jacking it?" Ike licked his lips.

I shook my head in denial.

"Sure you do. A young man in his prime has got to be pulling his pud."

I stared at his calloused hand moving over the growing bulge at his crotch.

"Like I said," continued Ike, "I got me barely six inches when he's standing up." He winked at me. "How much you got, son?"

"Almost seven inches ..." I stuttered. "Last time I measured."

"And I'm betting it feels real good with your fist wrapped around it."

"I don't do ..."

"Everybody does it." He scratched his balls and said, "I'll show you mine if you show me yours." Then, looking me in the eye, he lifted his leg like a dog at a tree and let out a long, noisy fart.

Denying that I jacked off, I said, "I saw yours yesterday."

"A man has got to take out his pecker every once in a while." He winked and his fingers played with a button on his fly. Care to join me today?"

"I don't think so."

"What's the matter, boy? You ashamed of what's hanging 'tween your skinny legs?"

"It's not for showing off."

"That would be so with a crowd of strangers but with a friend, in a friendly showdown, where's the harm?"

"It shouldn't be shown to other people. My Grandma said that a long time ago when I went to the bathroom against a tree when I was seven."

"There's nothing like a joint pulling among friends to seal a friendship," said Ike.

I don't think so." I felt very much, ill at ease.

"Then what the fuck is it for," demanded the old man. "A good man shares his cock with his friends. How old are you boy?"

"Fifteen almost sixteen."

You ever fucked a woman?"


"Ever fucked a man?"

"Of course not."

"Son, you ain't never lived till you've fired your load up a man's tight ass."

"I didn't know men did that to each other."

"Men shove it up men's asses men all the time. They just don't talk about it like they do pussy."

"You've done that?"

"I admit this old pecker's been up a few manholes. More than a few hard cocks have shagged this old ass over the years." He shook his head, wistfully, "I still have a hankering for a hard one up the old dirt chute."

"I think that would hurt."

"First time, it usually does," agreed Ike. He took a bite from his sandwich.

I looked at my watch. Ten minutes of our lunch hour had already passed.

"We got time for a quickie," said Ike. "There's no one around to say, stop, if were enjoying ourselves."

He unhooked the slide off the button of one shoulder-strap, pushed the bib of his overalls down to let them fall to his feet.

"Showtime," said Ike. Between his legs, white and hairy, his semi-hard cock emerged from a tangled mass of brown and gray pubic hair. The foreskin, still puckered beyond the head of the cock, extended downward forty-five degrees from the horizontal but was definitely on the rise.

I could only stare at the man. Until the day before, I had never seen an older man with an erection besides my grandpa.

Ike moved his fingers along the stalk of his manhood until the head partially emerged, purplish and broad. He removed his hand for a moment and it bobbled obscenely in the subdued light of the potting shed. Ike leaned back against a bin of clay pots like a model on display. "Like I said, boy, it gets the job done."

I found it difficult not to watch. "You shouldn't ..."

"C'mon, boy. Show Ike your pecker. I'm betting it's nice and hard."

I grasped my belt and tugged on the open end. I slipped the waistband button and two more before pushing down my blue jeans and shorts down in one move. My cock bounced and slapped my belly as I straightened."

"That's a beaut." Ike stroked his pale, white cock with the purplish-pink head shining. "I'm betting it'll grow some more if you stroke it."

"We really shouldn't ..."

"Now don't tell me you never stroked your hard peter with a buddy."

"I've done that," I finally admitted,. "But he was the same age as me and it was a long time ago." I though back to the last time Chuck and me jerked each other off in the loft of our old barn. Chuck wanted more as a going away present and we had sucked each other's dicks a little bit.

"Jackin's always better when you do it with somebody," said Ike. "Then you can lend each other a helping hand."

"I don't know about that," I said.

Ike's hand continued moving on his old cock as he leaned over to inspect mine. "God Damn! Boy. That cock looks good enough to eat." Ike licked his lips. "You ever had that baby sucked?"

I shook my head as I watched the old man stroke his hard, pale cock.

"Well boy, I'd say you're packing a real mouthful for some lucky gal or guy." He grinned. "Well c'mon. Let's see you get down to some serious jacking. Old Ike's way ahead of you."

I wrapped my fist around my stiff cock and moved the foreskin up and over the head on the up stroke. On the down stroke the expanded corona of the angry, purple head stared obscenely at the naked old man.

Ike toyed with his modest six inches. "What do you think of this old man's cock?" His fist rode down to his balls and a cockhead smaller than the barrel stared back at mine.

"I guess I'm thinking this is like doing it with my grandpa."

"You ever wish you could a done this with your grandpa?"

"I thought about it a lot."

"Ever see him with a hard-on."

"I told you about that!"

"Ever think about him doing your grandma?"

"I can't imagine her ever doing anything with a man."

"Take my word for it, sonny, we know she did it or you wouldn't be here." Begrudgingly I nodded in agreement.

"Everybody fucks," said old Ike. "They fuck or they jack off."

"If you say so."

"Say sonny, your cocks getting real juicy with slickum. Want old Ike tolick some of it away?"

"You wouldn't."

Ike licked his lips as he kept his hand pistoning up and down his hard cock. "You might be surprised what old Ike might do if he was in the mood for a taste of what comes out of a hard cock."

And that is what he proceeded to do. He sucked me dry.

Then he erupted in half-a-dozen spurts shooting out and onto the dirt floor of the potting shed. He gave his cock a flip and shucked t back into his overalls. He unwrapped a sandwich from its wax paper and proceed to eat without washing his hands. He took a bite and chewed. "Nothing like it boy, a good jacking clears the cobwebs from your crotch and gives a man an appetite."


The following day, We skipped the preliminaries. We dropped our pants. Ike got down on his knees and sucked me until I was hard and good and wet before he stood and turned.

"C'mon boy, Shove that pretty cock up old Ike's tight, brown hole and massage old Ike's prostate.

Ike bent forward and gripped the edge of the potting bench. The lean, white cheeked buttocks parted slightly and exposed the dark brown, crinkly, puckered star of his asshole. "Now you go slow and ease it along until you've got it all the way in," he cautioned. "This old ass craves your young cock but it don't want too much too soon. You've got to let this old hole stretch to accommodate you."

"Are you sure you want to do this?"

"Easy boy, easy," he cautioned. "You feel a lot bigger than you look. Put a little more spit in your cock."

"It's awfully tight. I don't know if it's going to go or not."

"It'll go," said Ike. "There's been bigger boys than you up the old shit chute."

I slipped in the the last few inches.. "It's all in."

"I can tell," said Ike. "Your cock hairs are tickling my ass."

"Are you ready," I asked.

"How are you liking old Ike's hairy asshole so far?"

"It's real tight."

"Tighter than your fist?"

"Might be."

"Ready to throw a fuck into a man that reminds you of your grandpa."

"I reckon."

"I want you should do old Ike one more favor."


While you're pumpin' my ass, would you reach around and play with my dick like you would your own? Would you do that for an old man?"

I reached around and took hold of his hard cock sticking out straight in front of him. I pilled the skin back and then pulled it up and over the expanded glans. I felt my own cock expand inside him as I manipulated his staff in my fingers. I imagined that my cock extended through him and I was playing with what came out the other side of him.

"C'mon, boy, ram that big cock up the old shitter and make me know it. God Damn! tickle that old prostate and make old Ike come!"

I came. And I came. Ike's tightened up on my cock and I throbbed Roman Candle bursts into that brown hole as I pressed into him. His hairy, scrawny ass flattened against my crotch and we were joined as tightly as two humans can be.

"A man's not a man till he's come in another man." said old Ike. "You made it, boy. But still, a man's not a man till he's had a hard cock poked up his ass at least once."

Every time I think of that scene, I get another hard-on. Then I remember the next day when old Ike returned the favor.

I never have managed to come that hard again. If only Ike were here.

Twiki? (5, Funny)

yourpusher (161612) | more than 6 years ago | (#21308997)

Is that you?

Re:free phone call? (2, Interesting)

dhanson865 (1134161) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309211)

I know the odds of finding a pay phone nowdays are slim but does this allow you to make a free phone call or does the phone ask for money when the goog-411 transfer occurs?

Re:free phone call? (5, Interesting)

bev_tech_rob (313485) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309261)

It doesn't allow you to make a free phone call, it is a free alternative to the 411 service that the phone companies change you ($1.50 per call on Alltel). I put it on my speed dial just now and gonna start using it. Tried several numbers to see if I could hear the sound, but the response to my query was instantaneous and thus heard no sound....

Re:free phone call? (2, Informative)

skiddie (773482) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309355)

The GP was commenting on the fact that once you find the record you want, Google asks if you want to be connected to that number. How do payphones deal with this?

"senior voice expert"? (3, Insightful)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309001)

that gives me flashbacks to the .com bubble days.

Re:"senior voice expert"? (4, Informative)

metlin (258108) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309115)

> "senior voice expert"?

> that gives me flashbacks to the .com bubble days.

Ummm, obviously you don't work in telecom.

Almost every automated system has the equivalent of a voice expert or a speech scientist whose job is to do things like this.

Every time you call an IVR or reach an automated speech system, someone's worked at it to make it not just functional, but also usable and friendly.

Re:"senior voice expert"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21309151)

Or profitable...

"Doh! Don't you know this is costing me $4.99 a minute?!"

Re:"senior voice expert"? (2, Funny)

wfberg (24378) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309213)

Almost every automated system has the equivalent of a voice expert or a speech scientist whose job is to do things like this.

Every time you call an IVR or reach an automated speech system, someone's worked at it to make it not just functional, but also usable and friendly.

Give it a rest. It's only the audio equivalent of an hourglass cursor.

Re:"senior voice expert"? (4, Funny)

obarel (670863) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309323)

... created by the senior hourglass expert.

Re:"senior voice expert"? (5, Funny)

BorgCopyeditor (590345) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309377)

Actually, the audio hourglass cursor first created by the senior hourglass expert was green-lighted by the Senior VP for Cursors, but nixed by the Chief Audio Officer or CAO. External audio/cursor mediation consultants were brought in and a compromise was reached by which the same sound would be re-recorded, but this time under the auspices of the CAO's handpicked Special Cursor Liaison Officer to the office of the Senior VP for Cursors.

<caseykasem>and that boy grew up to be ... Paul Allen.<caseykasem>

Re:"senior voice expert"? (3, Insightful)

crossmr (957846) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309395)

shouldn't this be modded funny? These systems are rarely usable or friendly. Especially the new ones that try to do voice recognition..

Re:"senior voice expert"? (5, Interesting)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309947)

The technical term for that noise is the 'fetch audio,' and it's more complicated to design than you'd think.
As a sound designer, I can tell you that this really is not much more complicated than it sounds. We sound designers and music producers work very hard to give the impression that there is some very sophisticated techno-magic in what we do and that it not only requires extremely complex procedures but superhuman "ears". A great deal of it is just playing around with the bits and pieces, seeing what works. That, and having a very good sound engineer buddy.

Sometimes, the best sounds are ones that were made in the most simple manner, with a stoned guy in front of a mic going "biddy biddy boop" for example.

Re:"senior voice expert"? (1)

Reaperducer (871695) | more than 6 years ago | (#21310229)

Every time you call an IVR or reach an automated speech system, someone's worked at it to make it not just functional, but also usable and friendly.
That person must have gotten fired at United Airlines in the last bankruptcy. I've never been able to get its voice system to recognize anything I'm saying, even in a quiet room, let alone a noisy airport terminal.

I never thought I'd beg to have my call transferred to India.

Re:"senior voice expert"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21309523)

"hairy vagina"

So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21309009)

...why should I care?

Lamest. Story. Ever!

[and before you flag me as a troll, have you actually read the summary and listened to the sound?]

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21309155)

Obviously, you cared enough to read it and post a comment.

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21309625)

I care enough to point out how stupid that mp3 sounds.

Re:So... (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309931)

FTFA :>"that cool "bippedy-bippedy-bippedy" sound it makes while searching."

> "I care enough to point out how stupid that mp3 sounds."

It sounds like a crank call from some 10-year-old.

Dark Helmet was right - "Evil will triumph because good is dumb." We now have proof that "Google is Evil" - they've automated the crank phone call.


SnoopJeDi (859765) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309011)

Dupe. []

No sound (1)

Buran (150348) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309023)

When I play this on my Mac, it seems to be silent. Am I the only one who hears nothing, or is it really high pitched? I have quite a bit of hearing loss, especially in the upper ranges.

Re:No sound (1)

JamesRose (1062530) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309035)

It's not THAT high, although the recording is quite quiet (although i can't tell that well, becuase my computer has volume control, the media player has sound control, the amp has volume control >_)

Re:No sound (1)

The Mysterious X (903554) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309047)

Turn up the volume.
It's quite quiet.

Re:No sound (1)

Buran (150348) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309205)

I did. I guess I'll have to either edit the file to boost the volume or try amplified speakers (laptop speakers aren't great).

Re:No sound (1)

getnate (518090) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309269)

The sound clip is 14 seconds long. Winamp and VLC refused to play it however it worked in Windows Media Player. There is something wrong/non-standard with mp3 file, I suggest another player.

Re:No sound (1)

MadnessASAP (1052274) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309725)

Worked fine in Totem, I then played it thorugh VLC to make sure that it really was a retarded sound and Totem wasn't corrupting it. Worked on both tries.

Re:No sound (1)

GringoCroco (889095) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309749)

mplayer and some other Linux players played it but the sound was distorted.

Try a different player (1)

DodgeRules (854165) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309279)

My older version of WinAmp won't play it and I get no sound. When I load the mp3 with Cool Edit Pro 2.0, it plays just fine.

Re:Turn up your Mac (5, Funny)

rueger (210566) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309317)

It is quiet, but possibly the problem is that your Mac defaults to a rather low sound level out of the speakers. My G4 certainly did, and even listening to music was annoying because it was so quiet, even with the audio turned up full.

The fix is of course simple and entirely intuitive, as are all things on a Mac.

a) open iTunes

b) In the Window menu, choose Equalizer

c) Crank the Pre-amp setting to 12

Now all of the audio on your Mac will not only be loud enough to hear, it will be louder than the same audio on a PC, which can only be turned up 10

Re:Turn up your Mac (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21309481)

c) Crank the Pre-amp setting to 12

Somehow, "This one goes to twelve," doesn't have quite the same ring as, "This one goes to eleven."

Re:Turn up your Mac (1)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309765)

That was awsome. You had me going with the all things intuitive, AND you actually gave useful information. Bravo.

Huh? (2, Informative)

croddy (659025) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309025)

What, is this article a joke? I hear no such sound when I call 1-800-GOOG-411. I even went through a complete (and unfortunately fruitless) search for a Mongolian barbecue in Atlanta.

Re:Huh? (1)

RobFlynn (127703) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309209)

It doesn't seem to play the sound every time. I used GOOG-411 today and heard the sound, but the time before that it responded almost immediately.

Re:Huh? (1)

fractalVisionz (989785) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309465)

Try chow baby on howell mill.

Re:Huh? (1)

GTMoogle (968547) | more than 6 years ago | (#21310007)

I'll have to try that [] . I always used to go to Jade Palace (*cough*phallus*cough*) (2647 Cobb Parkway), but some friends didn't like the quality.

Re:Huh? (3, Insightful)

Dahamma (304068) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309803)

Well there's you problem... who ever heard of FRUIT at a Mongolian barbeque!?

Re:Huh? (1)

astroblaster (600838) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309921)

You want The Real Chow Baby, on Howell Mill Rd. I'm sorry GOOG411 didn't lead you to it.

Re:Huh? (1)

jandrese (485) | more than 6 years ago | (#21310109)

Maybe Google saw the name and thought it had to be a prank.

Similar to garbled cell phone noise (1)

wsanders (114993) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309961)

Maybe you're hearing it, but it sounds too much like garbled cell phone speech for you to be sure it's Google and not your phone.

I mean WTF, why don't they just play the Jeopardy theme or something like that. Then everyone would be going around humming the "Google Theme" and we'd have a gen-yoo-wyne meme on our hands.

More proof it's 1999 again - already, co-workers are flipping Google stock instead of working (and losing thousands of dollars last week.) Time to sell everything!

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21310161)

Were you looking for the one from that MASH episode? If so, remember the coleslaw this time!

Swedish Dirty Talking (5, Funny)

TractorBarry (788340) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309039)

Well I speak Swedish and all I can say is that is one big potty mouth he's got there.

No wonder his sister got bitten by a moose.

Re:Swedish Dirty Talking (3, Funny)

BlueParrot (965239) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309413)

Well I speak Swedish and all I can say is that is one big potty mouth he's got there.

Pffft, I'm Swedish , and our language sounds nothing like that, *bork* *bork* *bork*.

Re:Swedish Dirty Talking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21309581)

his sister got bitten by a moose.

Re:Swedish Dirty Talking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21309673)

Having spent quite some time in Sweden, and now having listened to the GOOG-411 sound, I have to ask... Is "pyttipanna" really a dirty word?

Re:Swedish Dirty Talking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21309805)

Is "pyttipanna" really a dirty word?

Yes. If only you knew what that means someone is doing to Anna ...

If you don't know what this is about (5, Informative)

TorKlingberg (599697) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309049)

If you are also not American, or just haven't hear of it, Wikipedia article here: []

Basically, GOOG-411 is an experimental Google telephone service. Users can call and use speech regocnition to do local business search. I think American phones have letters on the number buttons, so 1-800-GOOG-411 means 1-800-466-4411.

Re:If you don't know what this is about (4, Insightful)

pbhj (607776) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309339)

At least someone realises that we're not all Americans.

Re:If you don't know what this is about (4, Insightful)

owlnation (858981) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309579)

Um, why has someone modded the parent redundant? Actually it is a very valid point. The summary does a poor job of explaining what on earth this article is about if you are not American. My guess is that hardly anyone outside the US knew what this was about before the previous poster linked the article explaining it.

It seems on topic and valid to me to point this failing out the to the editor of the article. It is good that people remember Slashdot reaches every country everywhere (um, except N. Korea and maybe China -- it's probably secretly censored and monitored by the UK too, and archived by the Germans). Remember folks, those tubes are trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific too.

Obviously, in South Korea, only old people read Slashdot.

Re:If you don't know what this is about (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21309769)

Obviously, in South Korea, only old people read Slashdot.
And in... ugh, no, I can't bring myself to post it.

Re:If you don't know what this is about (1)

writermike (57327) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309807)

At least someone realises that we're not all Americans.
There's a not-American? When? I just finished watching the news and they never said nothing about other countries. (What is that?!) ;-)

Re:If you don't know what this is about (1)

Walzmyn (913748) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309757)

I'm sure this is completely off topic but - Phones outside the US don't have letters on them? (of if they do, please tell me the rest of the world put the entire alphabet on there the first time.)

Re:If you don't know what this is about (1)

fbjon (692006) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309963)

That's right, no letters on the keys. We don't have colour TV in Europe either.

Re:If you don't know what this is about (1)

Breakfast Pants (323698) | more than 6 years ago | (#21310163)

At least we share one thing in common; in the states we don't have colour TV either.

Re:If you don't know what this is about (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21309795)

Every cell phone has letters on the number buttons as well. Not only in America.

Re:If you don't know what this is about (1)

ILongForDarkness (1134931) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309815)

Letters on there number buttons,what a stupid idea. Letters have nothing to do with numbers, I live on 0xB82 Street in London myself and never heard of such nonsense.

I suspect that it was a brillant idea from some marketting company back in the day, well we can't expect customers to remember our phone number if it doesn't have our name in it somewhere.

what trash (1)

kad77 (805601) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309051)

talk about bubble 2.0! what happened to hiring the educated at google? too pricey?

baby talk ... from google? what a bunch of yahoos.

Re:what trash (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21309467)

Yeah right... for a company who's UIs look more fisher price than XP - the campus is full of little kiddy balls, bean bags chars and "pretty shiny colors". The company is full of like, omg, little newbie kids.

Yeah, so unusual - I am shocked.

how can you disable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21309063)

news related with google, the option don't appear in the box i disabled apple news.

anyone remember (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21309079)

anyone remember ? Anyone? Anyone? Beuller? Beuller?

lol (2, Funny)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309099)

this is what $600 a share gets you...

Sounds like a tongue twister (1)

ciaran.mchale (1018214) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309123)

To my ears, the p's in "bippedy-bippedy-bippedy" are more pronounced than the b's and this makes the jingle sound a lot like the tongue twister "If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, how many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?"

how does it sound slowed down (4, Funny)

petes_PoV (912422) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309147)

If you slow it down, or play it backwards (or both) is there is hidden message?

Re:how does it sound slowed down (1)

DMoylan (65079) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309281)

yeah, it's a game for the zx spectrum :-)

happy days []

Re:how does it sound slowed down (1)

Daimanta (1140543) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309689)

Yes, drink more kool-aid.

Incoherent? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21309165)

"The bippedy-bippedy-bippedy sound you hear when using 1-800-GOOG-411 is actually a senior voice designer at Google."

So the sound is a voice designer? A wave in the air is a person? Who wrote this headline and did he have a stroke?

Re:Incoherent? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21309191)

RTFA, you asshat. It's his voice.

Re:Incoherent? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21309265)

He did you shit-for-brains. He even quoted text from the article, which clearly states that the sound is a voice designer.

If my phone made that noise... (2, Funny)

Adeptus_Luminati (634274) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309217)

... I'd be changing carriers.

Google - we expect much better from $600/share.

Easier method suggestion. (5, Funny)

WK2 (1072560) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309257)

Wouldn't it have been easier to have just made that sound by audio recording a dying cat?

Re:Easier method suggestion. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21310243)

This is funny?

I hear something different (3, Funny)

andy314159pi (787550) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309331)

To me it sounds more like "giggety giggety."

That's great (-1, Flamebait)

bytesex (112972) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309351)

Do we get to hear it next time Larry or Sergey break wind as well ? Or when one of them finds this really nice looking stone in his back yard ? Or maybe we can have a slashdot posting the next time somebody at Google cracks this really funny joke that's about a Russian, a Meteorologist and a Jew that walk into a bar ? Or perhaps we can have a posting about the meeting that came before the choosing of Google homepage's white color ? I really love to hear about any of that, and I do think that slashdot deserves all and any of these important facts wrapped up as front page postings. Because we just have a right to know.

Next week on Googledot... (5, Funny)

ComputerPhreak (1057874) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309353)

The revealing backstory about the Googleplex's custom-made toilet paper. The technical term is actual 'bathroom tissue', and it's more complicated to design than you'd think. For the first time, Sergey Brin discusses the choices of materials and the unparalleled softness, and how often he gets thanked by Google employees after they wipe their asses.

thanks for the subversive advertising (3, Interesting)

davygrvy (868500) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309357)

advertising hidden as a news article. Gee, tanks editors.

Same as 1-800-555-TELL (1)

general_boy (635045) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309379)

Try the "Tell-Me" service at 1-800-555-8355.

For instance, when it returns from a submenu to the main menu or does a lookup of some info, you hear approximately the same biddy-boop sound.

April^H^H^H^H^H^H^HNovember Fools day? WTF (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21309403)

See topic

What the Flip? (5, Insightful)

camperdave (969942) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309419)

I'm fairly sure others will join me in asking: What is GOOG-411'?
Why do they have a "Biddy-Biddy-Boop" Sound?
Why would I want to know the Backstory?
How is this in any way important, newsworthy, or even interesting?

Re:What the Flip? (2, Funny)

Daimanta (1140543) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309695)

News for diggers, stuff that nobody cares about.

Re:What the Flip? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21309703)

Parent got modded Flaimbait? He expressed my thoughts exactly!

Even as a /.'er I've never even heard of GOOG-411 and now some biddy-biddy-boop sound used in this phone service is News For Nerds? TFA doesn't even elaborate on why the sound is supposedly "more complicated to design than you'd think"; which was the sole reason I even read the article.

What a waste of time. This damn Google worship is really starting to piss me off.

Re:What the Flip? (1)

jberryman (1175517) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309867)

You didn't get the memo? Slashdot changed their slogan to "News for Nerds. Stuff that Matters or goes bibbidy-doop-boop. LULZ."

Obligatory Spaceballs (5, Funny)

noidentity (188756) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309477)

YouTube video []

Dark Helmet: Now what is it?

Radar Technician: I'm having trouble with the radar, sir.

Dark Helmet: What's wrong with it?

Radar Technician: I've lost the bleeps, the sweeps, and the creeps.

Dark Helmet: The what?

Colonel Sandurz: The what?

Dark Helmet: And the what?

Radar Technician: You know. The bleeps. [makes bleep sound effect]

Radar Technician: The sweeps. [makes sweep sound]

Radar Technician: And the creeps. [makes creep sound]

Dark Helmet: [to Colonel Sandurz] That's not all he's lost.

I think I can live with it (1)

hcmtnbiker (925661) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309515)

I think I can live with that sound, 2600 this quarter has a great hack for goog411 to make free calls. (Technically so people can make free calls to you, but if you and some friends got together and did the hack you could call then from say a pay phone for free and not get a ridiculous collect charge.)

Voice designer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21309571)

Just what the hell is voice design? Does this guy do formant synthesis or genetically engineer organisms to emit human sounding vocals?

Google have the cash to hire professional voice artists, linguistics specialists, composers, sound designers, engineers and producers. I have this hunch the results would sound better than the badly recorded gibbering of some dipshit with a ridiculous job title.

I can see how this can be "News for nerds" ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21309605)

... but "Stuff that matters"? Seriously? Not a chance.

Not pleasant (1)

WWMPCDD (1118469) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309685)

That sound is certainly not pleasant, not to mention annoying.

I thought that it was the sound... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21309715)

...of the phonemes it was comparing what you said to to find the closest match in the database. Not all of them of course, just whatever one it happened to be checking after it got done playing the last one it played at a fast but somehwat human-intelligible speed.

So that's what that was. (4, Interesting)

lpangelrob (714473) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309775)

If you call up GOOG-411 for free (compared to the ripoff that is cell phone carriers 411 at $1.75 a pop), it always asks you for the city and state first. Sometimes the city and state are easy to parse, like "Reno" or "Keokuk". Sometimes it's not, like "Glen Ellyn, Illinois" (and the other one I've tried, Glenallen, Alaska). If you mumble, your voice is otherwise hard to parse, or the city is obscure, GOOG-411 will take about 3 seconds to figure what the hell you're saying, which is when it'll play this sound.

Same thing with the business name - if you say something like "Restaurant", that's easily parsed, but if you say something specific like "Bed Bath and Beyond", it could take up to 3 seconds to parse, search for, and find your match. You'll hear the sound, and then the list of results.

I don't know why the Johnny Carson theme (or similar) could have sufficed, because the sounded reminded me of logging onto AOL at 56.6 Kbps. Or make up a Google Jingle or something.

I use GOOG-411 at least once a week nowadays, and the feature to text message you details of what you're looking for has proven (mostly) invaluable while I've used it. There's the problem that sometimes, Google's information on businesses just isn't up to date. But that's a Google-wide issue.

Re:So that's what that was. (1)

Brain_Recall (868040) | more than 6 years ago | (#21310241)

You can also say or type in the zip code if you know it. This is usually faster and dead accurate.

I don't like it (1)

hugetoon (766694) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309809)

The man behind this noise may be the best voice expert on earth, I still don't like this thing. HM(very)HO some kind of steam machine sound would be much better here.

GOOG411 stinks (1)

TheSlashaway (1032228) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309877)

If you ever want to get frustrated, try GOOG411. Now we know why. They spent time coming up with the beep instead of thinking about the call flow / menu navigation. I have used GOOG411 extensively because I like the auto-connect feature and no ads but 1=800-FREE411 is better because it's better organized, does a better job at voice recognition, handles residential numbers and knows when to send you to a real person.

1-800-555-TELL (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21309883)

555-tell has a better sound. It sounds like the google guy mimicked the 555-tell sound and then made an elaborate story about how original he was in the idea for that kind of "searching-sound"

what the!? (1)

Dahamma (304068) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309913)

This has to be one of the stupidest things ever posted! Someone was paid big bucks by Google to make a sound like a bad scat musician on... oh nevermind, it's not even worth completing the joke.

Just like Tell Me? (4, Interesting)

saikou (211301) | more than 6 years ago | (#21309941)

Well, this sound suspiciously sounds like a re-work of old sound Tell Me systems play while trying to decipher what the beep user tried to say. Just try to call 1-800-555-TELL (1-800-555-8355) and play with the menu.
That sound is also a sure sign that you're dealing with Tell Me designed system -- for example Fandango uses their back-end, some banks and some other interactive voice systems.

Of course Tell Me was bought by Microsoft so now it's inevitably evil :) Even though they were before Google in voice stuff :)

Summary of the article (1)

GTMoogle (968547) | more than 6 years ago | (#21310065)

"It's all very complicated and difficult, so we used the first thing I muttered into the microphone."

HIstory of the dial tone (1)

Animats (122034) | more than 6 years ago | (#21310149)

Coming up next, a history of the dial tone.

this is fucking stupid (1)

Afecks (899057) | more than 6 years ago | (#21310255)

Dumb sound. Dumb story. What the fuck?
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