SMS Tones You Use

kwjohns

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I've seen threads on here regarding ringtones people use but haven't seen any for text messages. If this thread exists already, I apologize and if you would please link to it.

But I'm looking around for some text message tones and can't find many that aren't long, obnoxious or something I'd get tired of hearing after the 5th time.

So feel free to share your tones!

I kind of like the sci-fi tech sounding ones so I made this one from SC2 but I feel like it'll get old quick.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/38049/Incoming Transmission.caf
 

anonymous6237

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I switch these two out on a regular basis:

ESPN Sportscenter Alert: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6688660/Ringtones/ESPN.aiff
Commander Data "Captain, We're being hailed.": http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6688660/Ringtones/Being Hailed.aiff

The last one I often combine with a couple other sounds to "theme" my phone's audio to have more Star Trek:

Ringtone: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6688660/Ringtones/Star Trek TNG.m4r
Mail Received: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6688660/Ringtones/Priority Message.wav
MMS received: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6688660/Ringtones/Please State.wav

Sometimes you just have to let your inner nerd stretch its wings :D
 

STEVESKI07

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I'd be interested in hearing some "normal" SMS tones, perhaps some that are default on other cell phones. I'd like for my phone to sound normal when it receives a text message so not everyone in the world turns and looks at me like im a nut job, but I'd also like my tone to not be the same exact one as everybody else that has an iPhone, which seems like everybody.
 

Mystikal

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I'd be interested in hearing some "normal" SMS tones, perhaps some that are default on other cell phones. I'd like for my phone to sound normal when it receives a text message so not everyone in the world turns and looks at me like im a nut job, but I'd also like my tone to not be the same exact one as everybody else that has an iPhone, which seems like everybody.
There are some droid ones in Cydia. You can have your iphone say "Drooooooooooiiiiiiiiiiid" if you want it to :D.
 

STEVESKI07

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There are some droid ones in Cydia. You can have your iphone say "Drooooooooooiiiiiiiiiiid" if you want it to :D.
Haha definitely not. I was referring to like normal beeps and text message alerts, but thanks anyways. You would have to have Winterboard installed for those ringtones in Cydia, right?
 

anonymous6237

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I'd be interested in hearing some "normal" SMS tones, perhaps some that are default on other cell phones. I'd like for my phone to sound normal when it receives a text message so not everyone in the world turns and looks at me like im a nut job, but I'd also like my tone to not be the same exact one as everybody else that has an iPhone, which seems like everybody.
iRingPro has a ton of really "normal" sounding ringtones (which could be easily used for SMS alerts). They're $30 for all of their tones (about 160 total) but I'm pretty sure they're exactly what you're looking for.
 

anonymous6237

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Haha definitely not. I was referring to like normal beeps and text message alerts, but thanks anyways. You would have to have Winterboard installed for those ringtones in Cydia, right?
I try to use winterboard for as little as possible so I actually SSH into the phone and replace a couple of the stock SMS alerts with my custom ones.
 

STEVESKI07

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iRingPro has a ton of really "normal" sounding ringtones (which could be easily used for SMS alerts). They're $30 for all of their tones (about 160 total) but I'm pretty sure they're exactly what you're looking for.
$30 is a little rich for my blood for a simple ring tone set. I'll download their free package and see if there's anything there that I like. Thanks!

I'm still partial to the Blackberry SMS Tone but I can't seem to find it since the iPhone 4 jailbreak rolled out.
I don't have sound on my work computer so not sure if this is what your looking for or not? http://www.zedge.net/ringtones/591066/blackberry-sms-ringtone/

I try to use winterboard for as little as possible so I actually SSH into the phone and replace a couple of the stock SMS alerts with my custom ones.
I refuse to install Winterboard after using it on my previous iPhone's, so I will SSH into my phone as well once I find a good tone.
 

Gizmotoy

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Is there a way to actually add your own into the list instead of replace?
Wondering this as well. I'm willing to take the extra effort to mess around in SSH to not have to install Winterboard since it's a resource hog. I would prefer to simply add it to the list, though.

Since that's the logical thing to do, and not what these other guys did, I assume it's not possible.
 

Verto

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Haha definitely not. I was referring to like normal beeps and text message alerts, but thanks anyways. You would have to have Winterboard installed for those ringtones in Cydia, right?

The two Droid ringtone sets on Cydia include some pretty good ringtones, not just the 'Drrooiiid' one.

Droid SMS and Droid SMS Pack 2 are the ones I'm referring to, and do require Winterboard (or at least, that's what I used to get them working).
 

STEVESKI07

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Wondering this as well. I'm willing to take the extra effort to mess around in SSH to not have to install Winterboard since it's a resource hog. I would prefer to simply add it to the list, though.

Since that's the logical thing to do, and not what these other guys did, I assume it's not possible.
I believe it is not possible. At least it wasn't when I had my 3gs jailbroken 5-6 months ago.
 

anonymous6237

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Wondering this as well. I'm willing to take the extra effort to mess around in SSH to not have to install Winterboard since it's a resource hog. I would prefer to simply add it to the list, though.

Since that's the logical thing to do, and not what these other guys did, I assume it's not possible.
For whatever reason the phone will not allow for more SMS tones in the list. There is a way however to change the name of the ones you add so they accurately reflect what you added. This is at least a little better than having one named "Bell" which is actually "Captain, We're being hailed!"
 

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GooMan

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Right now I'm using the Mario 1-Up sound too.

I've looked for some good sounds to use and it's hard as hell to find any. Wish there was a zip file or something with 20-30 good sounds from other phones I could download from somewhere.

I don't use WinterBoard either.
 

anonymous6237

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Instructions, please. :D
How to add SMS tones through SSH: http://grncndy.com/2009/04/11/create-and-install-custom-sms-tones-on-iphone/

Changing SMS tone names:

1) SSH into phone and navigate to root/private/var/stash/Applications/Preferences.app/English.lproj

2) Copy the file "Sounds.strings" to your desktop

3) Using this URL (http://iappcat.com/plist/bin2xml) convert the Strings file to XML and open with your favorite XML reader (I used wordpad on windows)

4) You should see several strings with the names of the default iPhone SMS tones (Tri-Tone, Chime, Glass, etc.). These correspond to the sound files as follows:

sms-received1.caf = Tri-Tone (Note that this name is further down under "Default" in the strings file)
sms-received2.caf = Chime
sms-received3.caf = Glass
sms-received4.caf = Horn
sms-received5.caf = Bell
sms-received6.caf = Electronic

Change the name for whichever file you replaced with your custom sound

5) After backing up your original "Sounds.strings" file, rename your edited version "Sounds.strings" (CASE SENSITIVE) and copy back to phone.

6) Respring and Enjoy.
 

STEVESKI07

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What are you guys using to convert .m4r files to .caf files?


Edit: Nevermind, I figured it out. If you drop it into iTunes as a .m4a file you can right click it and convert it to .aif. Find the converted file and change the extension to .caf and it is ready to be dropped into the folder.
 
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