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If you'd like to take some of your old System 9 alert sounds and use them in OS X, it's apparently fairly easy. I had this snipped from somewhere, and never got around to posting it. I have NOT tried this on my machine (haven't been in OS 9 lately!), so use at your own risk (but it doesn't look too dangerous).

Simply boot into OS 9.1, run the desired sound through a sound conversion program (perhaps Sound Converter Pro) to make it an AIFF format, and then drop it the into /System/Library/Sounds folder. When you reboot into OS X, the sounds should be available.
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Authored by: Anonymous on May 01, '01 11:17:10AM

I think I've read somewhere that you have to sample the sound at 40 or 45 kbps or the sounds will sound distorted under OS X.

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doing it from os x
Authored by: seb2 on May 01, '01 07:22:52PM

you don't even have to log into os 9: in itunes, go to preferences and then to "import", set the import to aiff-import and convert your old system sounds to aiff using itunes. works great, i've done that myself.
the pro version of the quicktime player should do the trick, too.

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make sure to have right file suffix
Authored by: rooster on Jan 17, '03 07:41:17PM

Not sure about older versions of X, but in Jaguar (10.2.x) not only must the sounds be AIFF, the file name must have .aif or .aiff on the end of them.

The iTunes AIFF conversion method works well. I suggest doing the iTunes conversions as Root, because then you will not get all those alert sounds in your iTunes Library, and since you have to be Root to add the sounds to /system/library/sounds/ anyway, it just makes it easier.

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Use old system sounds in X
Authored by: macmarvin on Aug 31, '05 02:18:31AM

Just tested it under 10.4. It works if you put the .aiff file in ~/Library/Sounds. After restarting System Preferences I could choose the new alert sound (they are labeled "custom"). At least Terminal needed a restart to use the new sound, others worked right away.

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