Windows Vista vs. Mac OS X: The Startup Sound Debate

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. tk421 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 7, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Interesting article. Interesting how empty some of the "features" of Vista are.
    Ear candy. Key candy. Acronym candy. :)

    My favorite part had to be this:
  3. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    The Mac has never had a "startup sound" -- at least not in the way the article suggests. Both the Mac and PC have POST (power-on self-test) chimes. These are hardware based (stored in the boot ROM) and will be heard no matter which OS is installed on the machine, or even no OS. On PC hardware it's a beep and on the Mac it's been a bong, chord or chime at various times. The sound tells the user that the low-level hardware is functioning.

    Now, what this article is referring to is the Windows "reward music" you hear when the OS boots, assuming that you haven't turned it off in the control panel. The MacOS has never included "reward music." I'd like to think this is because the Apple engineers understand that it's meaningless and of no actual value to user. It is as the article says, nothing more than "ear candy." It's a gee-gaw, a useless frill which apparently Microsoft has thought about deeply and seriously. This little fact tells us volumes about the different design philosophies of the two companies.
  4. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    The "my name is bob sound" * is really annoying, the only purpose i see it holds is to let the user know that it booted all the way and to let others know you are using windows

    *My friend pointed this out and whenever i hear it i just chuckle to myself.
  5. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004

    You can say what you like, but the Windows 95 sound is a masterpiece only because it was put together by Brian Eno. I'm not biased or anything, of course. ;)

    But I genuinely like it. Its purpose may be a little silly but it's a lovely sound.
  6. mainstreetmark macrumors 68020


    May 7, 2003
    Saint Augustine, FL
  7. thewhitehart macrumors 6502a


    Jul 9, 2005
    The town without George Bailey
    Haha, Microsoft Leviticus™ How utterly idiotic!
  8. 0010101 macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2006
    I had a Sony Vaio years ago that had a 'Mac-esque' startup sound when you powered it on which I thought was kind of neat.. but I can't recall ever being impressed about it enough to tell anyone.

    But the same goes for my Mac.. altho the IIci was the first Mac I ever had with the 'new' start chime.. the 'DAHHHH' instead of the old school Mac 'DONG' sound.. and I think I pointed it out to someone in the room when I first heard it.. like, "Hey! Check out this cool sound!" to which they looked at me like I was an idiot and went on with their business.

    I don't recall what computer it was, but I did have one years ago that if it had a hardware problem, it would make a 'crunching glass' sound.

    I honestly don't consider added or updated sounds to be any kind of added feature in an OS.. in fact, I rather prefer my Mac to be largely silent as it boots to the desktop.

    But I will admit to manually installing the Moof and Wild Eep sounds on my OSX install. :)
  9. Scruff macrumors member

    May 6, 2006
    I have to agree, that song is great! :p
  10. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    That weird sound of children laughing XP has, don't remember if it's the starting or stopping, is kinda annoying. Mostly because I hear it on so many other TV shows, movies, commercials, etc. Figured it was royalty free or something. Normally I like the sound of children's laughter.

    Vista has some cool, ethereal stuff, but if they'd spend half of that effort on stability and interface, they'd have something.

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