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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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