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10.3: Change Mail.app notification sounds Apps
I dislike the new 'no mail' sound in the version of Mail that ships with Panther ... so ... I found a sound I liked, called it No Mail.aiff, and replaced the existing file with that name inside the Resources folder within the Mail.app package (control-click on the Mail program and select "Show Package Contents." In the new window that opens, navigate into Contents then Resources). The other mail sounds in there are: New Mail.aiff, Mail Sent.aiff, and Mail Fetch Error.aiff.

[robg adds: Two things to note -- first, make a backup of Mail before you start, just in case you mess up somehow. Second, future Apple updates may very well write over your customized sounds, so keep the master copies around to re-apply in the (likely) event this happens.]
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WHY?
Authored by: DanPritchard on Nov 03, '03 12:06:13AM
Um, why would you do this, when you could just change the sound used for this action in Mail's Preferences dialog? Just place your AIFF sound in ~/Library/Sounds/, and it shows up in the Preferences sound-selecting menus.

This way, your sound won't be overwritten if Mail.app gets replaced, and it will affect your user specifically, since this is a user preference.

User preferences, when possible, belong in ~ somewhere and not in /Applications/. By placing your sound in ~/Library/Sounds/ and the preference to play it in Mail's Preferences (which go in ~/Library/Preferences/), you make sure your preference can be manipulated with your Home directory, so when you back it up, upgrade your OS, etc. it gets saved.

This hint kind of sounds like "Change your desktop background by editing resources in Finder.app!"

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WHY? Because...
Authored by: jiclark on Nov 03, '03 01:52:00AM

...the only sound you can edit in Preferences is the New Mail sound. But the new version of Mail plays custom sounds when it finds no new mail (when asked to check), and when a mail is sent. There's a new setting in Preferences that allows you to basically turn these new sounds on or off, but not to edit them.

You should look a little closer before being so dismissive Dan... ;-}

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WHY?
Authored by: GerryA on Nov 03, '03 03:14:14AM

In answer to WHY? - Because I can't find a preference in Mail which allows you to select the sounds to associate with any action other than 'New Mail'. It's true that putting sounds in ~/Library/Sounds does add sounds to the existing pull-down menu for the New Mail sound, but I can't find a pull-down selection for 'No Mail', 'Mail Sent' or 'Mail Fetch Error'.



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WHY?
Authored by: JohnCatsoulis on May 12, '04 01:10:24AM

> Um, why would you do this, when you could just change the sound used
> for this action in Mail's Preferences dialog? Just place your AIFF sound in
> ~/Library/Sounds/, and it shows up in the Preferences sound-selecting
> menus.

Because Mail only lets you change the "New Mail" sound under Preferences. Your technique will work for that, but not for the other sounds associated with Mail.



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A quick comment
Authored by: displaced on Nov 03, '03 06:35:53AM

My first reaction when I realised it played a sound when no new mail was waiting was 'oh no ... soon everything will make a dumb noise, just like Windows'

But then I realised. Apple have been sensible! The 'no mail' sound only seems to play when new mail is checked for *manually*. You can do a 'click & listen' using either the toolbar button, or (more handily) using the Dock context menu without the Mail window open.

If this had been on a less elegant system, the annoying noise would've been played even during scheduled background mail checks.



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10.3: Change Mail.app notification sounds
Authored by: mothtamer on May 14, '05 01:14:23PM

The best part is that the version of mail that ships with Tiger only allows the user to change the "new mail" sound. I believe that the only sounds a computer should make are the ones that come out of iTunes. The fact that there is no way to remove all the sounds from Mail 2.0 (short of package hacking) is very annoying.

btw I out-right deleted all .aiff files in the mail package without suffering any ill-effects. I would recommend this to anyone who has considered physical violence against machines that make noise -- macs are expensive projectiles.



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10.3: Change Mail.app notification sounds
Authored by: msellismd on Sep 03, '10 07:28:05AM

Comments unfortunately are unclear as to "where" in Mail Preferences it is possible to delete the annoying sounds newly associated with all incoming mail and the "whooshing" sound with outgoing mail that appeared when I upgraded my MacBookPro to Mail Beta.
How do I get rid of these obnoxious noises?



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