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Xounds is a haxie that brings back Appearance Sounds to Mac OS X. Tired of silence? Want audio feedback when you navigate through menus or drag your windows around? Xounds will convert your existing Mac OS 8 or 9 soundsets and make Mac OS X a better place to work in.


  • Plays sounds when you work - when you pull down menus, drag windows, select menu items, empty trash, and more.
  • Assign freely which events you want to be voiced and which not.
  • Assign any AIFF sound to supported events.
  • Ability to import Mac OS 8 or 9 sound sets for use in Mac OS X.
  • Stereo or mono output - so you more...

What's New

Version 3.0.1:
  • Addressed a problem when using the 32-bit side of the Xounds prefpane. Clang was incorrectly doing stuff to make the Objective-C runtime "cranky". sad face. Clang/LLVM is still FTW. happy winking face.3.0 (released Apr 25, 2010)
  • This version is only compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard v10.6.x.
  • Now requires Mac OS X 10.6.x.
  • You may have to restart after installing more...


Mac OS X 10.6 or later, Rosetta.

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Sgginc Member IconComment+226

My comment below are for Sounds4Fun.


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Version 3.0.1
Mac007 Member IconComment+198

Xounds is once again broken in the new Lion update. Found out via this link:


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Version 3.0.1

Working 90+% in 10.8.3.
Dismounting/mounting multiple volumes
rapidly has only one sound.

Just received an email from the developer saying they will
be supporting future (10.9) OSs.
Also stated that the number of events will be reduced (and asked me for my favorite ones).

Stranger Member IconReview+3

Xounds quit working on my new intel iMac about two weeks after install. I have been a registered user (of 3 haxies) for years, and I'm a bit surprised at their lack of support. I have contacted Unsanity numerous times for support with no reply at all. I read that they are slow to reply, but I think 2 months is a reasonable amount of time. Overall rating is 2 for this reason. Had they tried to help it would have been a 5 because I have never had any issues running their haxies.

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Version 3.0.1
Stranger Member IconComment+3

I have been using xounds since the beginning and had grown quite used to it. There used to be a Grateful Dead soundset that I really liked as well, in fact there may have even been two of them that I mixed & matched to my likings. Anyway my G5 iMac bit the dust & I bought a new intel iMac running Snow Leopard. I installed Fruit Menu, Windowshade X, and Xounds with no issues on the new machine. After about 2 weeks Xounds quit working. I have tried re-installing, repairing disc permissions, and every other trick I could think of or read somewhere to get it working again to no avail. I tried contacting Unsanity for some support at least 4 times over a two month span, and I have had absolutely ZERO response from them. It just really pisses me off when you're a loyal paying customer for years, and they just completely ignore my requests for a little help. I had gotten so used to xounds that I absolutely HATE not having it even if I couldn't run the Grateful Dead soundset. Anyone have any ideas on how to get it working again? Have a copy of the GD soundset? I'll pay ya!!

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Version 3.0.1
Drsfg Member IconComment+55

There seems to be a problem with this version of Xsounds. When I put my machine to sleep (MacBook Pro 10.6.3) and then awaken it, my ethernet connection (through which I get my internet, and connect to my other computers, as well as my printer) is dead and I have to disconnect and reconnect the ethernet cable to restart it. When I remove Xsounds the problem goes away.

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Version 3.0.1
Raycon Member IconComment+55

Ah, it's like an old flame come back to give it another go. She's still attractive you still have many fond memories, but there is that little queasy feeling in the pit of your stomach, especially since I've adjusted an moved on. Some time ago, I found Sounds4Fun. Implementation is lightly different, but it works. Will I try Xounds again? Maybe, but I'll need to think about it a while.

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Version 3.0.1
Lesoth0 Member IconReview+208

For all the nay-sayers and anti-Unsanity brigade, you'll be delighted to hear it's stable and works a treat on Snow Leopard (running on MacPro 1.1):

Tried it with:
Final Cut Studio - check
CS4 suite - check
Quark 7.5 - check
Toast Titanium - check
Font Explorer X Pro 2.5 - check
OmniWeb - check
Office 2008 suite - check

All my old Classic soundsets loaded back in from Tiger and worth the wait.

Upgrade fee already paid both for this and my beloved Windowshade... with thanks. Hopefully Unsanity will now have a chance to bring back proper Customer Service and regular updates for the rest of us who have always and (now) will continue to still support you now that you've hopefully got your house in order internally.

Just Fruit Menu and Menu Master to go now for me and my joyful days on Tiger OSX will be a distant memory for me and I'll fully embrace my other Snow Leopard partition.

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Version 3.0.1
Jayaii Member IconComment+39

It works just great on 10.6.3!!

Thanks Unsanity!!

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Version 3.0.1
ulyssesric Member IconComment+126

Really nice to see it back on track after 18 months.
But the new OS X 10.6 is coming now.
Shall we have to wait for another 18 months this time ?
Hope not.

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Version 2.5
Lesoth0 Member IconComment+208

Aren't I lucky that I still have the "Classic" Xoundset from the old days.

The new "default" Xoundset are just a complete abortion. Unsanity, if you're listening... GUY'S YOU NEED TO GIVE EVERYONE ACCESS TO THE PLEASANT ORIGINAL "CLASSIC" SET!!!!!!!

Hope you heard that shouting?

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Version 2.5b2
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Current Version (3.x)


Downloads 23,639
Version Downloads 1,488
Type Utilities / System
License Shareware
Date 27 Apr 2010
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32 / PPC 64
Price $15.00