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Photo: Hadrian (Shutterstock) When you pick up your AirPods or your Beats, you expect them to play your favorite music, podcasts, movies, and more. What you might not expect to hear are random, unexplained alert tones. These sounds can be distracting and confusing, and can affect the way your headphones and earbuds function. Here’s what these tones all mean, and why they’re sounding off. AirPods and Beats, versus the rest The reason we’re specifically focusing on AirPods and Beats headphones and earbuds is that Apple makes both brands of audio devices. That fact is pretty obvious when it comes to AirPods, but unless you keep up with tech acquisitions, you might not know that Dr. Dre’s headphone company is under the same umbrella as your iPhones, iPads, and Macs. As such, Apple uses unique alerts to get across the same messages between these two types of headphones. While the sounds themselves aren’t identical, both AirPods and Beats have the same alerts in mind. (That’s not necessarily unique to these headphones, either; other Bluetooth devices have their own alert tones as well, but to decipher those, you’re on your own.) For this piece, however, we’re diving into the different tones for Apple’s brands. I’ve written out the types of sounds you hear as best as I can; the bold text is to indicate where the tone features the most emphasis. You can hear all of the AirPods sounds in the following video: Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be an equivalent […]