adding sounds

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ewsjr, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. ewsjr macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2008
    Is it possible to add new sounds to the sound folder in system preferences on my intel iMac? I have some MP3 files saved that I would like to add and have done it easily for my Mail but can't figure out if or how you can do it for your computer sound. thanks for the help. :apple:
  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    Boot Drive/Library/Audio/Sounds is the place to start. Don't know what will/will not work. Give it a try and report back here, please.
  3. hughvane macrumors 6502


    Aug 25, 2008
    Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
    Short answer - yes, you can.
    Firstly you will need to convert your mp3 files to aiff. You can do this with Switch (freeware) or SoundConverter (shareware).

    Once you've converted the sound file format, the procedure is as follows:
    1. Go -> Computer -> System -> Library -> Sounds
    Any added files must be in .aiff format. When adding sound files to the Sounds folder, the process will be blocked by the warning "xxxxx file cannot be moved because ........"
    2. Click Authenticate
    3. Type in your Password at the next prompt
    4. The new sound file will be added to the Sounds folder.

    New sounds can then be used via System Prefs -> Sound -> Sound Effects

    Have fun!
  4. ewsjr thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2008
    thanks so much for the help. it works perfectly.


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