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Is there any way I can access the files that are used for the alert sounds found in system preferences? For example, in OS X 10.6.6, there are different sounds for Funk, Glass, Hero, etc. Where are these files located?

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up vote 12 down vote accepted

Any files located in the following locations will available to choose as alert sounds:

/Users/< username >/Library/Sounds/

(Note: By default the latter 2 folders may not exist, but if created and populated with files, you'll be able to choose them in the Sounds preference pane).

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Just found them...

They are stored as .aiff files in /System/Library/Sounds/

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can we play from there? – fasttrack Mar 28 '11 at 6:48
Click a file, press the space bar. Quicklook does the rest :). – Jason Salaz Mar 28 '11 at 6:56

Here is the path to the volume.aiff if you want to change that too


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