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Have you ever wanted to use the iChat sounds for another purpose? I am an avid user of Fire, an excellent Instant Messenging application, but I hate the AOL IM sounds it uses by default for messages. When I heard the iChat message sounds, I knew I had to use them with Fire. I looked everywhere for them. System Libraries, User Libraries, even inside the .app package itself but to no avail!

Then I saw a hint posted on macosxhints.com about using ktrace to see what apps and commands are doing. I ran ktrace and started iChat from the terminal. After sending a few test messages out to make sure the sounds were used by the program, I checked the kout file and sure enough, there was the system call to an iChat sound.

The iChat sounds are hidden deep inside the System folder, in this directory: /System -> Library -> PrivateFrameworks -> InstantMessage.framework -> Versions -> A -> Resources. The iChat sounds are the .aiff files.

My next move was to use them as chat sounds for Fire. Problem. Fire crashed every time I tried to use the sounds. After a few days of monkeying around, I finally figured out that you have to change the sound file's creator type from the default "hook" to something else like "mAmp".

Enjoy!!
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