Comments: Inspector Francis and the Case of the Occasionally Beepy Thing

Ah! Maybe something similar explains the mysterious beeps I was hearing over the weekend, from the general direction of my iPod . . . and the subsequent chargelessness of its battery the next time I picked it up. Thanks, Inspector Francis!

Posted by I. at October 18, 2006 07:58 AM

A quick little beep is my ideal alarm: It would wake me up if I was already primed to get up at a certain time (in fact, I have a good enough internal alarm that I don't really need alarms, but I like to set them because then I sleep more soundly not worrying, "What if I oversleep?") but it wouldn't penetrate if it accidentally got set for some time when I wanted to be sleeping. I wonder, though, if there are settings on the alarm to adjust what it does, because, really, for most people, that won't cut it.

Posted by CC at October 18, 2006 08:38 AM

I hadn't thought to check for alternate settings. I see that one can also set the alarm to play any song that's loaded onto the iPod, but as for built-in noises, it's just the single tweedly-dee beep. I guess if someone preferred a traditional nonmusical alarm, they could put an MP3 of it onto their iPod.

Posted by Francis at October 18, 2006 11:40 AM

Is the tweedly-dee beep sampled from "Rockin' Robin"?

Posted by ACW at October 27, 2006 03:07 PM

Brilliant! We've been followed halfway around the world by this most intermittent but distinctive beeping. Thing is, the iPod in question has a very tired battery - so we'd only hear it very occasionally - and it went 10 months and about 8 countries without its clock being synced - so the alarm happened at all hours of the day!

My girlfriend's most annoyed with the fact that I googled 'What is making that beeping noise' and worked it out too! Cheers!

Posted by Beejamin at November 17, 2008 07:14 PM
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