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You know those cool new alert sounds in iOS 7? Well as it turns out, a number of them were likely created by Owl City founder Adam Young. Owl City, as you may know, is an American electronica project responsible for several hit records.

Young confirmed last night that he was behind at least some of the new sounds in this year’s iOS update, adding ‘Sounds for iOS 7’ to his discography on his website. He’s since removed the entry, but we’ve posted a snapshot of it after the fold…

From Adam Young’s website (via 9to5Mac):

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For added context, here’s Owl City’s ‘Fireflies’

And finally, here’s our rundown of iOS 7 sounds:

Young began creating music during late-night sessions in his parents’ basement while loading trucks for Coca-Cola. He uploaded the tracks to MySpace, where he garnered a loyal online following, and eventually signed with a record label.

I always find stories like this interesting—ones that offer a look at how elements in Apple products came to be. Last month, we met the woman behind the voice of Siri. And back in August, we learned the story behind the Tri-tone alert.

  • Gate

    I thought all sounds were made by Apple’s ‘Sound-team’.
    This is very interesting to know. Can’t wait to see what more we find out 🙂

  • on3simpleclick

    Why would he remove that he made them from his website?
    He still holds the rights to attribute the creation of them to himself, even though Apple probably own them now.

    • burlow

      he could have signed an NDA with apple

  • leart za jmi

    Great job, the new alerts sounds are really cool

  • Frozen Bee .GFKS

    Owl City founder? Adam Young IS Owl City 😀

  • Burhan

    Great Job… Now ring tones feel more real, but a little low in volume.

  • bigtalk

    eh….. not interesting but great for his career though

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    He got the new alarm sound wrong (not loud enough and I easily sleep through it). Other than that he’s done a great job. It’s a shame he didn’t produce an unlock sound though

  • 4pplesauce

    ios 7 sounds arent even that great

  • Wohoo! Go Adam Young!