Two days before, I just discussed about how you can Change Flag Icon of Mail. I know if you’ve chance, you will try that.
And now, I’m going to introduce you how to change your Mail alert sound. If you notice, your Mail has four types of alert sound, i.e. Mail Fetch Error, Mail Sent, New Mail and No Mail. The function of these types of alert sound are self-explanatory so I am sure I don’t need to explain further.
These alert sounds are stored in your Mail application package with the format AIFF. Before going further, I will give you a brief explanation of this audio format.
AIFF (Audio Interchange File Format)
According to wikipedia, AIFF is..
Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF) is an audio file format standard used for storing sound data for personal computers and other electronic audio devices. The format was co-developed by Apple Computer in 1988  based on Electronic Arts’ Interchange File Format (IFF, widely used on Amiga systems) and is most commonly used on Apple Macintosh computer systems. AIFF is also used by Silicon Graphics Incorporated.
This audio format is non-compressed, lossless format which uses much more disk space than MP3 but helps you in streaming in multiple audio files from disk to your application. Hm.. A bit difficult to understand it, maybe this can help you, “It’s fast yet expensive audio format.”
You can go to Simply the Best to get the various sound effects in AIFF format.
And next, you’re going to be directed to the location of these sound files.
Locate Mail Alert Sounds
As explained before, these sound files are saved in AIFF format and hidden inside your application package. You can follow these steps to find those files mentioned.
- Open Finder
- Go to Applications folder (Shift-Command-A) and find Mail application
- Control-Click on the application icon and then choose Show Package Contents
- Open folders Contents ▸ Resources
- Show all items as list (Command-2) and then click on the header Kind to Arrange Files by Kind
- The first four files, AIFF Audio Files, are those four alert sound
Now, let’s say you want to change your original No Mail alert sound to frog sound. You can download frog.aiff, rename it as No Mail.aiff and then replace the original audio file. Next time you launch your Mail, your change will take effect.
You can use the same way to change your New Mail, Mail Sent and Mail Fetch Error alert sounds.
Perhaps, you don’t need to have any alert sounds. Then what you need to do is to move these four AIFF Audio Files somewhere else. The logic is simple right?
Do you think you want to change your Mail alert sound? You can download the original Mail alert sounds here, in case.