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Melodia now lets you assign even more official sounds to your official apps


On Thursday, we detailed a new app dubbed Melodia, which let you assign official chimes and melodies to your favorite apps on Windows Phone 8.1, so for Twitter, you can have their little bird alert, or for Facebook Messenger, you can have the familiar Facebook Chat ding.

This morning, version of Melodia has been released, and it features even more notification sounds to be assigned and gets some categories too. In addition, you can now email the developer with your suggestions for other sounds, which he’s looking to add in future builds. Let’s take a look at what’s new.

Melodia samples

Melodia 1.0.8

  • Added categories
  • HQ MSN
  • More sounds! thanks for your suggestions!
  • Added an email for suggestions

The app is now divided into categories, including Apps, Vintage, Unique, Fresh and …OOPS!. Apps are the familiar official sounds of apps, including Facebook, Skype, ESPN Sports/ScoreCenter, Xbox alert and Twitter. Heck, even WPCentral is there now, with our little chime from our videos (something we’ll add to our app soon). Vintage has a new higher-quality MSN sound, the Nudge and the oldie ‘You’ve Got Mail’. The Unique category has one from TRON, while Fresh has 11 new Windows 8 sounds, which work very nicely with Windows Phone e.g. Notify Email. Finally, …OOPS! Contains the Samsung Whistle and a bunch of rips from BlackBerry Messenger, BBM Reminder and BBM Text to suite your needs.

In my case, I’ve assigned the new CNN sound to Bing News for breaking alerts, and I’m using a BBM one for my text messages. Overall, it’s a lot of fun, and I highly recommend it. To assign this sounds to apps in Windows Phone 8.1, just follow these directions after saving the samples from the Melodia app:

Custom App Notifications in Windows Phone 8.1

  1. Settings
  2. Notifications + actions
  3. Choose desired app
  4. Select ‘notification sound’
  5. Under custom you should see your newly saved samples

Hopefully you picked up the app on Thursday, because it was free at the time. Now, it’s 99 cents but if you already downloaded it at the free level, you won’t pay a dime and the update will be free (as are all other ones going forward). Still, even for 99 cents, and with the promise of future updates, this app is very much worth it for the convenience.

To request sounds you may want, send an email to the developer

Pick up Melodia here in the Store. Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 only. 

QR: Melodia



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abhishake620 says:

nope as in the app fails for you or its not a life saver ..?it sure is for me(life saver)  easy to scroll to the next track when playing music ...a handy feature while driving ........and yes no lag after the inital launch which is on par with the "official app"

Yousri Ahmed says:

Such a great app from our great WP Dev Community

KKRLessey says:

Great app, great idea!

Lol! The app even has WPCentral tone!

josonjoy1986 says:

It was requested last time.....:)

ringbear-er says:

I put it as notification sound for wpcentral app right away great

blackprince says:

This made my day (minute)

rockstarzzz says:

Still my Cortana request never made it :'(
I want to set Cortana notification to same sounds that the circle makes when Cortana replies to me.

WavingReds says:

erm, I made a post on the forums for the sound, just dl and put it in the Ringtone folder


asylumxl says:

Any way to hear the sounds first? I might like none.

Yeah, you can preview them before applying any.

Edit: Never mind, just noticed they made it a paid-only app now. That really sucks =/

asylumxl says:

This is my point. Being featured on WPCentral must have generated a lot of downloads for them. And now it's generating something else.

Quin 2013 says:

Exactly! I just went and wasted a whole $0.99 on this.
The reason why i paid for it was because of a particular whistle samsung used on its phone that I've been wanting for a while, and they didn't even have the right one. The only one that I liked was the Xbox. I want my $ back, this isn't worth buying!

rockstarzzz says:

Contract Microsoft support for the refund.

If only you'd gone and downloaded it before they priced it out like I did, you would have got the "you've already purchased this app."

I originally didn't like the quality of the alert sounds, but the new ones are decent. Of course, you could always just do it the hard way and look them up, download them, and install them yourself if you want to go the cheap route.

rockstarzzz says:

Apparently it's not free if you uninstalled it after installing free one.

Chodeva says:

It never ceases to amaze me how we are always bent on getting everything for free. I am no dev but a lot of time is spent by devs in coming up with these apps and asking for payment is hardly unfair. If you can afford a handset you can afford a $0.99 app

HansTj says:

I know, right? Now you have to sell your house and cars to get that $0.99 back... Man, life sucks...

stiggs says:

"I just went and wasted a whole $0.99 on this."

Quin 2013, is this sarcasm? Please tell me it's sarcasm.


Nakazul says:

Great to see them evolve this app. Thnx.

QilleRz says:

Too late I didn't look it when it's free :(

Flavio76 says:

Great app. How can I give some $

tbonenga says:

Delete and purchase the current version.

topleya says:

Love this app. So handy

This all have me a boner!

win_splash says:

Awesome app. Looking forward to seeing updates to apps like Twitter, Skype, and Whatsapp so I can set custom tones to them.

tpitts15 says:

Now if we just had an ESPN app that would give reliable toast notifications...

troylytle says:

I downloaded the other day but no download. Only pay me option.

Same. Seems only people who left it installed have the option to update for free.

rockstarzzz says:

I dislike developers who revoke licenses like that. Find it dishonest. Feel sorry for folks you uninstalled it.

tbonenga says:

Try looking under your download history. You might be able to download it free that way.

Martsicky says:

lol, WP 8.1 store is buggy, so it says 'bought' on app list even if the app is free.. same thing with paid apps, it doesn't mark as bought, but after you tap on BUY you'll see "you already bought this app"

rockstarzzz says:

It's not buggy. Bought means you paid for it. Either £0.00 or £0.99 - either way you own it.

Martsicky says:

not really mate. I can see Angry Birds Rio as free (no mention I bought it), It is buggy. I see plenty of apps which I bought with the price tags instead of "bought", few of free apps I have downloaded in the past are marked as bought and few just as "free" (e.g AB RIO)

Carlos RJ says:

Last night I was thinking on using the same "echo-ed ding" sound for WPCentral from the videos. The dev read my mind. xD

Laura Knotek says:

This is cool! I like having Twitter and Skype notifications.

Now this app is a must have for me.
I requested BlackBerry tones both here and in the app review, Big thanks to the developer, you saved me some time searching for the right ringtones for my apps.

rockstarzzz says:

Blackberry tones are easiest to find. Even the guys on Crackberry have made a zip for some that has BB10 sounds. What would be real praise worthy task is adding all iOS tones. I know for the fact that such task needs sound conversion and that exercise would make $.99 worthy app. Not compiling freely available tones in an app.

Marco Gomes1 says:

Is this better than free Zedge?

rockstarzzz says:

Nope. About 15-20 sounds. If you know how to find things on Zedge, you have ready more choice there than in the app.

Marco Gomes1 says:

That's what I though. Wish I read your reply before buying this one though :)

john toppo says:

Hey!!! Nice update... Hope to see new one soon... ;)

DarrenSproat says:

I don't know... I paid the dollar and, sure, it has some good sounds but they are filled with static and of low quality in my opinion... Was not impressed.

kevin2577 says:

Don't judge the sounds by the preview in app. Download and play them from settings they are much better

reda igbaria says:

Ain't there any thanks for the tip?! :)

We noticed this update this morning and I grabbed brunch first, never saw your tip, sorry.

Marco Gomes1 says:

I hear a new Lumia 1520 was sent to you. Congratulations!

reda igbaria says:

Thanks man, my new Lumia is awesome :) :(

HansTj says:

Thanks reda igbaria for the tip! And congratulations, you have just crossed a major milestone in your life!

tbonenga says:

"you've got mail" hahaha

RusB says:

Anyone have any idea why I don't see Skype in manage apps section of Ringtones & Sounds? Would love to use the official Skype notification sound from this app

Make sure you have banner notifications turned on in the Skype app, then wait until you have a message come in. The NC only 'catches' apps when their banners go through the system, not before.

Can you please make a step by step guide for it, I can't find where to turn on.

patrickwee says:

Installed!!! Like it!!!!!

CreepinJesus says:

Probably not long until this gets pulled for audio copyright, especially now that they're charging for it...

hugheey says:

If you set the customs sounds and then uninstall the app, do they still work?

RusB says:

You're saving the sounds to your I'd imagine so yes.

wwhiterabbit says:

Never coment, but thanks for sharing this! Theres a reason I check WPC daily :D

Marco Gomes1 says:

Wish I had taken a coffee instead...

Dean McCrae says:

How terribly exciting...

Koenc says:

I can't understand WPCENTRAL even mentioning this app.  There are a lot of similar ones in the store and quite frankly : the sound quality of most sounds in Melodia sucks big time.  

Sometimes I use this one :

dwshobhit says:

It's now not free....

Jazmac says:

These are badly made ringtones and almost unusable. Sloppy.