Sunday, June 12, 2005
Annoying Mac OS X Tiger Finder Sounds
I usually have the volume on my Mac turned down pretty low, so it took me a while to notice the new sound effects that Tiger plays when you move files. I decided to re-organize and clean out all the old files in my home folder, and was alarmed to hear the jarring noises, which sound more like errors than confirmations. I can't imagine that any user testing showed that these sounds were preferable to how Panther worked; I suspect Apple chose these sounds to dazzle potential customers at the Apple Store.
The sounds can be turned off in System Preferences. Unfortunately, Apple doesn't provide a way to turn off individual sounds or to replace them with more pleasant sounds—it's all or none. There are ways to do it with shareware or by messing around with the sound files.