Xounds
Xounds
3.0.1

3.5

Xounds free download for Mac

Xounds3.0.1

27 April 2010

Adds appearance sounds to Mac OS X.

Overview

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.

Features:

  • 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 actually hear on what side you have pulled the menu down.
  • Exclude list to remove certain applications from being affected by Xounds.
  • Easy to configure as it comes in usual Preference Pane form, accessible through System Preferences.

What's new in Xounds

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 Xounds for the first time.
  • Updated to support Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard v10.6.x
  • Now supports only Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard v10.6.x
  • Adds support for 64-bit processes (x86_64 only, ppc64 is not supported)
  • Requires Rosetta. If Rosetta is not installed, Mac OS X 10.6.x will offer to install the 4MB Rosetta package during the install of Xounds.
  • Clang/LLVM's excellent static analyzer helped us to find and fix some bugs that would only show up during a red moon.

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60 Reviews of Xounds

Lesoth0
22 April 2009
Version: 2.5b2

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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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Sgginc
18 April 2013
Version: 3.0.1
My comment below are for Sounds4Fun. Sorry!
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Mac007
20 July 2011
Version: 3.0.1
Xounds is once again broken in the new Lion update. Found out via this link: http://roaringapps.com/apps:table
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Stranger
30 May 2011
Version: 3.0.1
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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Stranger
30 May 2011
Version: 3.0.1
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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Drsfg
29 April 2010
Version: 3.0.1
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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Raycon
28 April 2010
Version: 3.0.1
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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Lesoth0
28 April 2010
Version: 3.0.1
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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Jayaii
28 April 2010
Version: 3.0.1
It works just great on 10.6.3!! Thanks Unsanity!!
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Ulyssesric
29 April 2009
Version: 2.5
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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Lesoth0
22 April 2009
Version: 2.5b2
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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Chansirip
20 April 2009
Version: 2.5b2
Xounds importer still PPC application. Crashing after try to import classic soundset. I'm glad that Unsanity still keep Xounds (also looking for Labels X). BTW Please release a stable version. This is too buggy!!!!!!!
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Mac007
20 April 2009
Version: 2.5b1
I've been using Unsanity's software for years and have had very few problems. One thing that helps is that after installing new software I always repair disk permissions and follow Unsanity's instructions. They always recommend that you either log out and then log back in or restart your computer after installation. I do both and found this does the trick. This new version of Xounds is no different and upon logging back in I found everything worked fine. I only dropped the main rating one star due to their poor communication of what's going on to end users. This is one feature they really need to improve.
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zx
19 April 2009
Version: 2.5b1
After Installing Xounds 2.5 Beta, Finder keeps on quitting when you move files or copy files to another destination. It happens every time. Anyone???
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Dennismoriarty
18 April 2009
Version: 2.5b1
My finder started crashing which I do not remember it ever doing so I deleted the preference pane including the application enhancer. I do not mean to be unfair (as in I cannot be sure of a cause and effect) but it was coincidental.
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Leo-Spill
18 April 2009
Version: 2.5b1
Wow - It's back ! Original purchaser of this - way back in the day. Spent an age tweaking sounds to get two great sound sets on the go. ( One with sounds to accompany every action possible - the other extremely minimal/low key sounds only) Then after using both for about a day - I realized it was too damn distracting and really silly. Haven't used them since. Will download this new version, but I am sure it will be just the same. Seriously juvenile stuff.
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Fpark
17 February 2007
Version: 2.4
I bought Xounds, Shapeshifter and Mighty Mouse last night. Since then Safari has crashed repeatedly, I cant burn discs and cant do any backups. Am now trying to get these unsanity applications off my machine. They're difficult to get rid of too. And even if I hadn't had these stabilty issues, the products are underwhelming anyway. I'm on 10.4.8 and prior to this have never had any problems with my iMac. Not happy unsanity!
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Flash1296
26 January 2007
Version: 2.4
Rob, I cannot disagree more. I have an (original) MacBook running OS X 10.4.8 of course and I have nearly EVERY haxie running and have not had a single system problem. I agree that on early versions of OS X there were indeed compatability issues. Now there are few remaining.
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one-1
23 August 2006
Version: 2.4
Application enhancer and haxies is not compatible with new Intel Mac Pros. Applications crashes. Uninstalling enhancer solved the problem.
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Qwert
14 July 2006
Version: 2.4
Its great to see Unsanity slowly ramping up their product line into Intel world (I patiently waiting for WindoShade to hit us with Intel update) HOWEVER well, I was uprgrading Xounds from my PPC registration and it simply does not work with this version. even it should work (its free for registered users) so I am waiting for the support to get back to me with an answer. this did not crashed my office and I still can use my Entourgae even after this instal. however their Fruitmenu upgrade did - I was unable to launch any of my MS Office appl and I ended up re-installing my system (uf) - bouncing icon for 2-3 times and then it dissapeard from my dock. And yes, I believe their APE was the cause of the problem. You've been warned!
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Kuphd
13 July 2006
Version: 2.4
APE crashes Rosetta (PPC) apps under 10.4.7 on Intel Macs. Reported the bug to Unsanity, but no fix yet. Until that's fixed, I can't run any Unsanity haxies since they all require APE.
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Turntablerocker
07 May 2006
Version: 2.3.1
works perfectly fine here on 10.4.6.. Maybe another Quicktime issue. have 7.0.3 installed here.
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4.5
Flash1296
02 July 2005
Version: 2.3.1
Excellent product. Completely compatible with OS X 10.4.1 on my iMac G-5
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3.75
Anonymous
25 June 2005
Version: 2.3.1
Works fine on my iMac G5 Tiger powered !!
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Anonymous
10 June 2005
Version: 2.3.1
Xounds does not work at all. This is an alpha version. Unsanity wants you to download this version so that you can tell them what's wrong with it. They do this with every major release: they remove the old version that worked, release a new alpha or beta version, and post raving reviews for themselves (typically, they say it's 'great to have sounds back'). Now customers might have figured this out before this release. However, Unsanity advertised that this was a minor revision of the previous version, not a major release of an alpha version that will partially disable the OS. Don't download it. This version does not work, and will shut off all of Apple's UI sounds but Alert and Drag to Trash. Who knows what else it does. Uninstalling does not undo Xounds' damage. Take heart, though. Xounds is great when it works. Unsanity will eventually have a working version to download. Expect it before the end of the year.
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Anonymous
04 June 2005
Version: 2.3.1
Next time, don't claim your product is COMPATIBLE without fully tested.
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Anonymous
03 June 2005
Version: 2.3.1
Works fine on my Mac with Tiger !
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Anonymous
28 May 2005
Version: 2.3
Does not work on 10.3.9. In fact, it permanently disabled all UI sounds, except Drag to Trash and Alert. And that's AFTER I uninstalled Xounds and APE. I archived and reinstalled OS X, but the problems persist. Xounds has worked in the past -- worked very well, in fact. But it has major problems every time a major release comes out. Therefore, what we have here is a non-functional BETA. If you download this program, you are doing Unsanity's Beta-testing for them. This is how they release software. In a few months, they will have Xounds working again.
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Radd
15 May 2005
Version: 2.3
I too had problems getting Xounds to work on Tiger, and had noticeable slowdowns using ShapeShifter as well... The solution that worked for me... Use the installers for all the haxies I had installed to uninstall all of them... then reinstall them all for "this user only". I'm not sure whether the performance & functionality fixes were in any way related to previously installed for all users or not... but uninstalling them all and reinstalling the most recent versions has allowed Xounds to begin working flawlessly and window dragging/redraws to perform at least twice as fast as before. It's worth a try for everyone having problems at the very least.
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Anonymous
11 May 2005
Version: 2.3
XOUNDS-NO SOUNDS ON TIGER SORRY
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Anonymous
11 May 2005
Version: 2.3
To put it quite simply, even though unsanity says it works with Tiger, it does not. Do they do any quality control???
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2.25
Tigerabbit
10 May 2005
Version: 2.3
Was happy with xounds on Jaguar, but it went silent after installing Tiger. Uninstalled and reinstalled newest version and still no sound. Looks like it has great features, but what good is it if I can't hear anything. It also seems to have slowed down performance a bit.
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Anonymous
08 May 2005
Version: 2.3
Doesn't work with Tiger....
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Anonymous
04 May 2005
Version: 2.3
This new software does not work with Tiger. Repeated installation did not do it. You have to re-do this one!! Sorry!! no for this one!!
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2.75
Anonymous
29 April 2005
Version: 2.3
This comment is for ver: 2.2.1.... You can lose sounds for your "Mail.app". Uninstalling Xounds returned my Mail sounds. David in Denver
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4.25
Anonymous
28 March 2005
Version: 2.2.1
This Haxie rocks! Love the new feature that allows you to control volume for each sound effect. Finally I can choose from any sound set without blasting my eardrums! (Now Unsanity should make the test feature play back effects at their modified volumes, and add scrolling action sounds.) If you're into fun sound effects, don't forget to check out the Carl Stalling/Warner Bros. Cartoon sound set, http://members.aol.com/zephcetloa/ ThanX again, Unsanity!
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Foulger
10 March 2005
Version: 2.2
FINALLY!!!!!! after some YEARS, Xounds will now play long sounds without cutting them off. About time but better late than never
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4.25
Anonymous
10 March 2005
Version: 2.2
great haxie! been using it for a while.
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Anonymous
10 March 2005
Version: 2.2
All haxies, as far as I know, are fine products (I use most of them, they have always been trouble-free). But one thing drives me nuts. You download a .dmg., mount a disk, run the installer. Afterwards when you dismount the disk you put the .dmg in the trash and try to empty the trash. If always refuses to empty, either stating that the app. is in use or that something-or-other can't be found (then I have to use Trash It or some similar utility to get that stuff out of my trash file). I assume this is due to a persistent bug in the Haxie installer. It's annoying and it's about time they fix it.
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hiropy
25 October 2004
Version: 2.1
it dose'nt sound. from when adobe cs installed or apple wireless mouse installed. how can i recover it? i am japanese, so answer easily,please.
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4.75
Anonymous
08 September 2004
Version: 2.1
works perfectly in Panther for me. No issues at all.
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2.75
Anonymous
02 September 2004
Version: 2.1
I really miss not having sounds. I like Xounds...when it works. I'm using Panther...and it works sometimes...and then it stops working. If anyone else is having this problem with 2.1, I don't know what causes it to stop working in the first place, but I do have a suggestion if you are trying to troubleshoot or trying to re-install it. Each time I tried to re-install it, it appeared to install successfully, but I didn't get the sounds. After several attempts, I think the problem was that I was Uninstalling it first, and manually deleting any Xound-related files before re-installing it. I think you have to make sure you install 2.0 first (the sounds won't work..but install it anyway). THEN run the 2.1 installer. Maybe it was a fluke, but it worked for me. Now...how long it'll continue working is another problem....I suspect I'll have to do it again in a few days.
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2.5
Anonymous
22 March 2004
Version: 2.1
Works well, but it is in fact useless, it doesn't, I used to use it, but it just has no true practical use, other than slow down my computer, I like quietness, I can think better with quietness.
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Anonymous
12 January 2004
Version: 2.1
Well, apparently this version 2.1 doesn't work, although it installs perfectly, it doesn't play any sound. Lucky I also have a copy of Xounds 1.4 and it works perfectly. I don't know why but Unsanity should check this big bug out.
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Anonymous
29 November 2003
Version: 2.1
Too cool. I'm glad it works with Detour. Unsanity always makes a quality app. Luv'n it!
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Anonymous
28 November 2003
Version: 2.1
Works fine with Panther ! I'd suggest to those who have problems with Xounds to get rid of that piece of sh... that is Jaguar 10.2.8 (sorry, I had to say it)and install Panther (wich is a great OS) asap.
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1.5
Peter-Valencia
27 November 2003
Version: 2.1
Very, very disappointing. :(
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Wormwood
20 November 2003
Version: 2.0
I really wanted to like this utility. I recently upgraded to 10.2.8 and wanted to use the SGI sound set that I used to use under OS 9. However, despite an almost virgin installation of the OS, XSounds cause system hanging and corruption of my system. The few third party drivers I had installed were also corrupted, and the OS had to do a double-restart before getting me back to Finder so I could disable it. Even when it was working, it doesn't play all of the sounds specified in the pref pane. Giving up, I was force to remove it, but the uninstallation process was also painful. The uninstaller hangs frequently, and when I finally got it to work, it still left APE on the system, despite there being no other "enhancers" on my system. Really disappointing. I installed this to be a trial run for the newly released ShapeShifter, but it looks like I'll have to pass.
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2.5
Anonymous
05 November 2003
Version: 2.0
does not work with Panther OSX 10.3
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1.75
Anonymous
21 October 2003
Version: 2.0
I had two major crashes with this app. I have OSX 1.5 and i had to erase the disk twice and reinstall. I can see i'm not the only one! Try it at your own risk!
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Anonymous
02 September 2003
Version: 2.0
I agree about the volume issue (sounds play at full system volume). Neither WindowShadeX nor Xounds respects the System Preference Sound volume setting for "alerts" and "interface sound effects." Unsanity should provide direct support via the Sound System Preference panel and/or provide some sort of "line level" or "attenuation" control within WindowShadeX and Xounds. I had to turn off Xounds for now, as it was blasting interface sounds through my speakers! Ouch!
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Anonymous
02 September 2003
Version: 2.0
Hey! What happened to the volume? This is too loud!
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4.5
Anonymous
02 September 2003
Version: 2.0
2.0 is excellent. Having mix-n-match sound options is great, as is being able to export custom sets. This new version installed and is running without a hitch on my system.
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4.25
Anonymous
04 July 2003
Version: 1.4
I very nice utility that makes it possible for the OS 9 Platinum sounds to play in OS X. It works great. Is simple to set up and is reliable.
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Anonymous
12 December 2002
Version: 1.4
Well I tried this and unfortunately it doesn't work that well. It crashes upon first launch then works after that but it doesn't work like 1.2 did. Some sounds are missing and when you quit System Prefences the sound is truncated. It also adds an echo to the sound when emptying trash. Oh well maybe the next version will be better. Until then it's back to 1.2.
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MacGizmo
10 December 2002
Version: 1.4
This latest version fixed that annoying bug with Jaguar... I really love having these sounds back in OSX!
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1.5
Anonymous
20 November 2002
Version: 1.3
It causes crashes in "Jaguar" within a few days of installation, save your $7 !!!
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2.25
Anonymous
10 November 2002
Version: 1.3
A cute idea: OS X should have an option to put the sound back. However this "haxie" tends to crash. It doesn't crash often, but when it does, expect to erase and reinstall your harddrive. The software writer also hasn't answered several emails from me asking for support. The problems so far seem to be mainly with installing or updating to Jaguar.
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2.5
Anonymous
08 November 2002
Version: 1.3
This is a good idea, but the program is still a beta and UNSTABLE. I have emailed Unsanity several times, and have never received any reply. It crashes OS 9, 10.1, 10.2. Not minor crashes, where you can uninstall Xounds and all is well, but MAJOR ERRORS, where you must erase the disk and reinstall the system. Archiving and installing also will not solve the problem. I have installed Xounds on three different computers, and it ruined the OS on all three (two iMacs and a PowerBook), to the chagrin of my family. You may risk a very careful install, and run DiskDoctor every week to fix the damage, but eventually, Xounds shall crash your system. I have spent many long hours on the phone with Apple Care for educators, and the solution has always been the same: wipe the disk and trash Xounds. When will I learn? This review refers to all versions up to 1.3. Buyer beware!  
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Anonymous
23 January 2002
Version: 1.1.1
I think it is cool! i really missed appearance sounds before, but now, no longer. worth the seven bucks. dew
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4.25
Anonymous
07 January 2002
Version: 1.0
Very neat - the silence of OSX was getting annoying, and this nifty little app took care of that. Does what it says it will quite handily.
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