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by Tom Nelson

One of the fun features of earlier Mac operating systems (System 9.x and earlier) was the ability to assign sound files to play at startup, shutdown, or other specific events. My Mac used to greet me every morning. It also played a Three Stooges sound file of Curly saying, “I’m trying to think but nothing happens” whenever it presented an error dialog box.

StartupSounds

Screen shot © Coyote Moon, Inc.

While I haven’t found a way to assign a sound effect to a specific event in OS X, it is fairly easy to set a sound to play when your Mac starts up.

To do this, we’ll use Automator to create an application wrapper around a Terminal command to say a phrase or play a sound file. Once we create the application with Automator, we can assign that application as a startup item.

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