How to find all audio\music files on my Mac?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Baletin, May 13, 2018.

  1. Baletin macrumors member

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    Dear friends,
    I am struggling to find some audio recording on the Mac - I listened to it recently but it does not appeal in "Recent" files of the Quick Time Player.

    I want to find it "manually" from a list of all my audio files -

    How can I create such a list or to see all these files in one window?

    Thanks a lot!
     
  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

    BrianBaughn

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    Audio files come in many formats. If you know the format (.wav for example) you could use the Finder to search (Command-F) for files with ".wav" (no quotes) in the filename.

    There's a list of audio formats at wikipedia. To find all audio files on your Mac you'd have to search for them all. You can use OR in the search field as many times as you like.

    Here I'm searching for ".wav OR .mp3 OR .aif":

    Screen Shot 2018-05-14 at 9.07.22 AM.png

    The search field doesn't display the entire search criteria but you'll see that when you do your own.
     
  3. Baletin thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, I thought that Siri or Spotlight intelligent enough for being capable of solving this simple task>>>
     
  4. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    It's all the from the same database. If you want accurate results of a search you have to be in control of the parameters.
     
  5. Baletin thread starter macrumors member

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    I asked Siri: "find audio file" and she listed all audio files. Looks as solving the issue at least in part.
     
  6. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    If it finds the file you're looking for that's really all you need.
     

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