The United States Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Apple a patent for the startup chime sound. But that sound hasn’t always been the same. Here you have all the Apple startup chimes since the original Macintosh, released in 1984.
The last three in this video (Quadra AV, Performa 6400 and iMac) are put together well - descending semitones, which makes me want to resolve it to make the iconic "sad trombone" sound: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sC75aU47GRk
Yes, I'm a music nerd...
So. Much. I. Agree. With. This.
-Also a music nerd.
They actually get worse over time, the last one sounds like it's broken.
You can patent a sound??? I can understanding copyrighting a sound but how can you deny that sounds don't have prior art?
See. That's the first thing to come to my mind.
Come up with a word.
Via 'social marketing', make it as 'hip' as this generations persistent use of 'swag'.
Sue everyone who uses it in a 'tweet' or 'status'.
Yes you can patent a sound, Harley Motorcycles have a patent for their engine sound.
But what are Apple going to say if another company uses a similar sound, will they use the round corners argument.
I always hated those later ones -power Mac and up. The early ones were way better.
How about the sad mac tones. I think they're better. Shattering glass always freaked the customers out.
How about including vacuum cleaner mode start up on the G5, that was funny.