TiPb Asks: What's your iPhone ringtone?

TiPb Asks: What's your iPhone ringtone?

Marimba, the default iPhone ringtone, is so 2007 -- so we're curious what you're using today? Have you stuck with the built-in tones or have you gone with something custom? Do you just use one ring tone for everybody or have you personalized your favorite contacts?

If so, do you like songs with lyrics or do you prefer instrumentals? Do you keep things musical or do you sometimes go with soundboard clips for that comedic effect? Video game themes, movie themes, rock, hip hop, special effect sounds, celebrity tag lines, sports jingles?

Let us know what you're using, and for those of us looking for some cool new ringtones, what would you recommend?

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My default ringtone is the orchestral theme from the Tim Burton Batman movie, with other orchestral themes (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, 2001, E.T., The Good, The Bad & The Ugly) set for specific contacts.

My current ringtone is Born This Way by Lady Gaga. I like songs with words. I set contacts with certain songs that remind me of them. Though I do have the exorcist theme song (tubular bells) set for work so I know its something I probably don't want to answer. I just wish I could use ringtones as text message alerts I used to have some interesting songs before I switched to the iPhone. But either way I love my iPhone and can't live without it!

Personalized for certain contacts. I should get a set of the tones featured on USA Network's "Fairly Legal"... the lead character has various 'Wizard of Oz' song clips for certain contacts on what I believe is her iPhone... the rest of the show features Macs all over the place...

Area codes by Ludacris and my custom text tone is the main beat from 'thizz damce'. Every time I get a text I'm singing 'can you do the thizzle dance' lol

I have ringtones for my most frequent callers. Anyone I work with (I'm a teacher) has part of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall" (We don't need no education). A friend who is a Spiderman fan gets a gypsy guitar version of the Spidey Theme. My principal has the "Imperial March" (you know, Darth Vader's theme), my wife has her own ringtone - Tessie by the Dropkick Murphys, if the house calls my cell it plays the Doctor Who theme, and I have many others.
I love www.myxer.com as it allows you to take any MP3 you have and turn it into a ringtone. So... I ask people what song is their favorite and then make a ringtone out of it for them.
If you aren't in my contact list it plays "Long Way Round" by the Stereophonics. I also occasionally replace that with the theme from the show "Firefly"

Dream Theater's "The Glass Prison" (John Petrucci's arpeggio section from the beginning). Except for my soon-to-be fiancé, hers is Train's "Marry Me."

Mine is instrumental version of The Stripper by David Rose. It's all burlesquey and trashy and hilarious.. haha..

I use Friday, by Rebecca Black! Always letting me know what day it is. (as long as it's Friday!)

Me, too.
Nothing says "Grab this phone from the owner's hand and hurl it into a brick wall" like a hip-hop ringtone.

Lol the only person I know that would fit that category is KANO or Sylvester.... Heck Eddie Murphy did a discotheque song in the 80s ...."party all the time" google it

Some contacts have their own song: Beethoven's Für Elise for a friend who loves that piece; bagpipes for a Scottish friend, etc. For all others I use the Angry Birds theme.

Mine is quite rude. Not sure what it's actually called but in an Asian voice it goes like this.
Pick up your phone you fxxking bastard, ding a ling, ding a ling, you fxxking bastard. Yes you you fxxking fxxking bastard etc
It gets even funnier. Not for the faint hearted.

I use Plea by Say Anything for my gf so I know it's her and everyone else gets the standard Marimba (which I quite enjoy, though dated it may be).

My DEFAULT ringtone is actually 10 seconds of silence. That way if someone who is not on my contact list calls me my phone won't ring.
I have assigned the theme from Superman (the movie) as my ringtone to my casual contacts.

I use the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers' wrist communicator sound as my ringtone, makes me feel like a Power Ranger and brings back childhood memories...now, to get a decent phone watch to go with it.

Funny...my iPh4 ringtone is Treo Classic that I ripped from my 700p years ago. I though that I'd be different. The looks I get when I answer my phone calls amidst iPhanboys....priceless.

Mine is 10 seconds of instrumental version of Dr-Dre feat Snoop Dogg - Still DRE.
If you think about it, it's actually a flavored-up marimba.

I'll change it randomly betwixt these:
Mickey Avalon - My Dick (usually set to this)
Motorola - Continental (for the times I miss my old DPC550)
Salt 'n Pepa w/ En Vogue - Whattaman
Robin Sparkles - Let's Go To The Mall

you mean imperial march... and yeah i have the same one, except it's the family guy elevator music version of that song, from season 6 episode 1. if you havent seen that episode then i recommend you get on that, pronto.

I use perfect timing by orba squa for all of my contacts. Reminds of the beginning of iPhone.

I use Intros from favourite tracks, made in Garage Band. Walk This Way for my spouse (we love hill walking), Sweet Child of Mine for the kids, Mission Impossible for work contacts, and the default varies between Cinnamon Girl (Neil Young) Pride of Cucomonga (Grateful Dead) and While My Guitar Gently Weeps (The Beatles).
When are we gonna get custom message tones???????????

"Derezzed" by Daft Punk - TRON: Legacy, however almost everyone I talk to on a daily basis has their own unique ringtone. For example, "L's Theme" from Death Note, "What the Hell" by Avril Lavigne, "Victory Fanfare" from FFVII... there are so many and I keep adding them to change it up.

Heaven and Hell by Black Sabbath. I switch between that and I live version of the guitar solo from comfortably numb.

I have about ten seconds of foghorn. Not as irritating as the football crowd with vuvuzelas, but close.

Fanfare for the Common Man by Copland. It was given away free with the Daily Telegraph when I had a Sony P900 and I've used it ever since - nearly ten years I suppose.

Currently using a custome modem dial tone. Makes people cringe. and laugh because it brings back memories.

Mine is the opening of old tv show 1adam 12. It's the rto saying one Adam 12- one Adam 12 a 211 in progress one Adam 12 handle code 3!

Wow, there are some great ones on here that I never even considered!! I have quite a few different John Mayer songs, and my favorite Keith Urban song "'Til Summer Comes Around" but I made it custom, and the quality doesn't sound too good, so I have to go back in and redo it. I just downloaded the House theme song, which is awesome, but the one I've gone back to time and time again is "Not Afraid" by Eminem, the chorus. Gets my adrenaline pumping every time I get a phone call.

I have a 1950 telephone sample, you all remember when phones went ring ring and for my wife "Cholton and the Wheelies".

Since I hate being interrupted by the phone, I use Flora Purim's opening refrain "Stop haunting me now" from Good Morning Heartache.

'I Dream of Jeanie' for my wife (Jean), 'Old Phone' for my parents, and 'Piano Riff' for everyone else.

What is this stupid phad with song ringtones? What ever happened to a sophisticated simple ring? The fact that I had to SSH into my jailboken iPhone to dig out the FaceTime ringtone (which I use) is ridiculous. I also have a sweet ring that's used for all the phones in entourage. Email me at benmastel@gmail.com if you want me to share.

I have two that I switch between... Primarily I use Gary Hoey's version of "Linus & Lucy" (The Peanuts theme) and occasionally I will swith to "The Answering Machine" by Marillion.

My default is currently "Tell me I'm a wreck" by Every Avenue. Otherwise all the important people have custom songs that remind me of them. My boss and all of my clients from work have the ringtone from the One Missed Call movie. And I use "who can it be now" by Men at work for Google Voice (I have it set to show my GV number for the caller ID). You can see and download my collection of ringtones from http://www.mediafire.com/?9ii044eciec83.

A section of The Coming of the Martians from Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds. It's loud and high pitched so I stand a good chance of hearing it, and in the ~4 years I've had it on several different phones I've never found anyone else with the same ringtone.

Everyday for the past week... But now that u say that... It is officially my Friday ringtone! Lol

Colonial Anthem from Battlestar Galactica now, but it was A Beautiful Mine (Mad Men theme) for a long time.

I composed the theme music for a local TV show here in Birmingham Alabama (ABC 33/40). The name of the show is Talk of Alabama. The theme music is my ringtone :)

I guess I'm old school. I use the default ringtone. But I have songs and stuff for my FABfaves: mom= angry birds pigs and sometimes "momma" by Stewie Griffin. Dad= Star Wars Imperial march. Sis= NFL on Fox. My friend Jen= "Bravo TV's Watch what happens later" tone.

Assigned to work: Lady Gaga Telephone. Starts off "Stop calling, stop calling I don't wanna talk anymore." Default is Angry Birds tone...both from Cydia

I alternate between two ringtones that I edited from classical pieces, featuring piano and harpsichord. They are loud and distinctive

Back in black for default, wild thing for wife, homer for boss, the office clips for various co-workers, etc

That ring-a-ding dingy-dong ringtone from the Gieco commercial. On a side note, my wife HATES it.

I'm a big fan of custom ringtones, though I use Marimba for my iPhone alarm. I use Pappa Don't Preach for my father's calls, Mad Men theme for my husband's, Hooked on a Feeling for my general ringtone, and many others for my friends. I love knowing who is calling by hearing their ringtones.

I make custom ringtones from my music collection using Ringer for Mac. I always find good instrumental sections to use. My current default is 'The Scarecrow' by Avantasia.

Why, thank you! I do not have the "sandcastle in the sand" or "the beaver song" however in my ringtone collection.

"You're the best around" the theme song from the original Karate Kid at the end after he wins the first match. Now that's keeping it real.

My default ringtone is a mix from a midi jazz tune in which I substituted a telephone ring for one of the instruments and 3 synthesized voices saying "Your phone is ringing."
I have about 250 ringtones on my iPhone, some by subscribing to the macmost ringtone podcast and some custom created.

I use a version of the ringtone of the original iphone ad, but instead of flat sound level, this one starts in silence and goes up in volume through 30 seconds....gives me time to answer before it gets really noisy, is noisy enough when I need it to be noisy :)

For those callers that I do not know I use "who are you" from the The Who. Everyone else that Call frequently have their own from my son's Rebel Rebel to my favorite oldie Der Kommisar which makes me smile when I hear it just as I smile when my better half calls.

My ringtone is Journey's "Urgent" and when my wife Mandy calls me... You'll never guess what ringtone that is ha ha... Barry Manilow's "Mandy" ta da!

I create my own from the beginning of Yazoo's "State Farm", a cool, funky, synth instrumental.
By the way, Dustin, Foreigner sings "Urgent".

I use an ambient ring tone for everyone but my ex. His ringtone is the quacking duck ('cause that's all he does is quack, quack, quack).

My default is "Don't You Wanna Stay" by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson. I change it about once a week. My fiance's personal ringtone for when she calls is "I Get Carried Away" by George Strait. And, when work calls, my iPhone plays "Take This Job and Shove It" by Johnny Paycheck. :-)

An instrumental bit of Arcade Fire's "No Cars Go". When someone calls I always let it play a bit so I can listen to the song. I usually have a musical ringtone, but it's always been one tone for all calls. Next up is a Jezabels song. Great band from Austrailia.

Well with 673 ringtones on my iPhone it's hard for me to stick with just one for too long. If I had to pick one of my most played ringtones it would be "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO.

mine is the Door Bell from Star Trek Next Generation because the iPhone always reminded me of those datapads (and I firmly believe you should use an ACTUAL song as a ringtone)

I've used the one that Chuck Bartowski uses from 'Chuck' for quite awhile now and still like it.

It's the one that I made for TiPb's iPhone 4 giveaway contest. It's special because I won the iPhone from TiPb and now it's my ringtone... :) I love TiPb

When my wife calls, it's Escape Clubs "Wild, Wild, West": "she's so mean, I don't care; I lover eyesand her wild, wild hair; dance to the beat that she likes best".

Mine is an instrumental interlude from "With You Friends" by Skrillex. I usually fleet between ringtones but I'm particularly taken with this one.

I have a song that I first heard on an ad for the original iPad a while back. It's the beginning of a song called "Never Stop" by Chilly Gonzales

my current ringtone is diamond eyes, by shinedown, its the chorus. i change it up every couple days, with a mix of various others songs. but thats the current one.

my own clips that I edited, switch between James brown "Living in America" and Santana "Black magic Woman".

I go back and forth between the theme from the Rockford Files and the theme from Sanford & Son. I think any great instrumental Television Theme song from the 70's works great.

If you love to change your ringtones as often as you change your undies, you need to checkout GeoRing app. You can create a Ringtone Playlist of your favorite songs and Shuffle your ringtones to hear a new song every time your phone rings! :)

Mine is the opening bars from Queen's One Vision for most callers. Certain customers have the theme from Halloween and my Dad has the theme from Steptoe and Son!

This isn't spam, just the best way to let you hear my ringtone:
http://epiconeliner.com/
My wife always complained that I never felt my phone vibrate or heard it ring when she would call me. Made this a ringtone, and I haven't missed a call since.

Mine is "Speak Softly Love", the love theme from The Godfather. Everyone at work loves it....hahaha

I use and love the ringtone from 24. It is distinctive and relatively rare. I always know when the ring is MY phone.

I have the Austin Powers ringtone (originally In Like Flint) for the same reason. My partner has the Marimba so he's confused every time they use it on TV!

I have the theme song from Torchwood on mine as my default ringtone. Richard Marx's "The way she love me" for my ringtone when my wife calls... awwww right :)!

Yea, I just have the standard Xylophone. I used to have several different ringtones. One day, restored my phone, didn't select a new tone. Just left it on Xylophone. It gets the job done.

I use the opening theme to Fatal labyrinth, an old Sega Genesis game. I've always loved the tune and NOBODY has the same ringtone as me.

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