I have switch to mac and trying to make files look different based on their type. I have .wav files with default application set to default 'Music' app but it doesn't show Music app icon in file. See the picture below.

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how do I set icon for all .wav file to icon of Music app?.


  • My Mac (macOS 14.2.1) shows exactly the same as yours. I think that is the default. But you still may want to change it!
    – Gilby
    Commented Jan 23 at 2:33
  • It bit difficult to differentiate when you have lots of file and they all have white and grey icons. It would be nice to have icon same as assigned application.
    – Bhavesh
    Commented Jan 23 at 3:59

1 Answer 1


You're showing the icon preview, not the icon. That makes sense for image files, where it can show a thumbnail, but not really for audio, where all it can display is a generic 'music' symbol.

You can set this as a global default, for all folders without an existing setting, or on a folder by folder basis.
In Finder, View Menu > Show View Options, or Cmd ⌘ J

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Icons shown here are from iTunes rather than Music, but newer OSes will use Music.

  • Thanks it fixed it. Once complain now is picture files have lots its preview. Window had a plus point here I think. Files where showing application icon and picture shows preview.
    – Bhavesh
    Commented Jan 24 at 11:56
  • tbh, I never keep photos & sound files in the same folders, nor do I ever use icon view, so I can't say it's ever bothered me.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Jan 24 at 12:05

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