The Mac Startup Chime Is Now Trademarked

The distinctive startup chime that greets every Mac owner when they start up their machine in the morning? That sound of a synthesizer playing a “slightly flat, by about thirty cents, G flat/F sharp chord” that tells you everything’s all okay and right with your Mac? Apple now owns a registered trademark for that sound. Hoorah!

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  • ErinsDad

    Remember how nice silence was when booting-up?

  • Camelbean

    Does this mean that you guys can’t use that sound in the culcast anymore?

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