Sick Of Marimba? This Remix Is So Good It Could Be Used In An Apple Commercial

The iPhone Marimba ringtone is iconic. It’s just a few notes played on an African xylophone, but somehow, it captures everything that is light and breezy about Apple’s platform.

The problem is, everyone uses it as a ringtone. Like Nokia’s overexposed ringtone before it, Marimba’s musical resonance has been oversaturated for most of us.

That’s why I really like the Marimba Take Two mix by Will Neaverson, embedded above. It takes the original Marimba and builds layers upon it, until it almost sounds like a Coldplay track.

As one of Reddit’s commenters note, it sounds so good, you can imagine Apple even using it in a commercial. That’s an ad I’d like to see. (Update: One of our readers made one!)

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  • Justin Gilbert

    Somehow that made my annoying ringtone seem legit again.

  • Robs89

    Where can i get it?

  • Robs89

    Ok, found a way to download it, but it’s too long so it couldn’t sync with the iPhone :(

  • mcforman

    So how do we download and use?

  • 1LottoStud

    awesome, how do we download it?

  • Will Neaverson

    Hey everyone, I’m the one who wrote this “putins” or Will Neaverson! Here’s a download link for the MP3: http://tinyurl.com/cbngrun – the author is free to use this in the article, too.


    Thanks for your kind words!

  • Ryan Simmons

    Here’s my version of a commercial set to this remix - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkqnRiuuCDE&feature=youtu.be

  • nolavabo

    Hey everyone, I’m the one who wrote this “putins” or Will Neaverson! Here’s a download link for the MP3: http://tinyurl.com/cbngrun – the author is free to use this in the article, too.


    Thanks for your kind words!

    Big props for the gesture! Thanks, Will.

  • Brody White

    Will this is amazing work! I would really like to make up a mash up of commercials myself. I feel like the other video was good but i would like to spend a day or two on an edit to really get it perfect and up to an Apple quality standard. I would really like it though if the song was 2 minutes or more. So do you think you could make another version that art longer but is still amazing as it is now? I’m not one to edit music so I could really use your help! I want this movie to be great.

  • Jmckee277

    so how do we download this for a ringtone? Please

  • Jmckee277

    To download the song go to the link at the top and click on soundcloud and create an account then there will be instructions to download as a m4.r file that will take it directly to itunes and put it into your tones library.


    Why no one never said anything on how to download it,is beyond me. Also it makes it 30seconds long automatically  
  • P Howard Dilling

    Everyone?! Marimba is too annoying. I use ringtones I’ve found online or have created my own, it’s easy! You can use Apps or GarageBand. There is this thing called the Internet and EVERYTHING can be looked up.

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