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Why are system and application sound files appearing in itunes?

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DeaconMac Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Apr 17, 2012 6:59 AM

Suddenly, over 900 system and application sound files, each about a second or 2 long, have appeared in my iPhone 4S music player. They've also appeared in my iTunes on my desktop iMac. Not sure whether they appeared on the computer first or on the phone first. I can't figure out why they appeared there or how to get rid of them (without also removing them from the system and applications which, of course, I don't want to do).


I searched through the discussions here and found several other people complaining about the same thing, going back a couple of years, but no solutions offered. I hope someone can offer a clue.

iMac 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo/MacBook Pro 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3/4 GM 1067 MHz DDR3
  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)

    For sound files to appear in iTunes they have to be actively added to iTunes. itunes does not go out and search for all sound files.  Did you do something like drag your hard drive to iTunes, or run an iTunes script that might have caused it to search a drive for all sound files?


    Right click or use iTunes File command to reveal the file.  It is one that has been added to your iTunes folder or is it still in a system folder somewhere?

  • kylewont Level 1 Level 1 (140 points)

    iTunes was created to be the sole music player for Macs. If you clicked on a folder or song file and it opens in iTunes, it could be saved in your library. The best way that I can think of is going through and holding down the CMD button and click the song clips you don't want. Right click and select sent to trash.

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)

    Be careful about sending to the trash.  Depending upon your iTunes preference settings you could be sending the actual system file to the trash which could mess with your computer.  This is why I suggested revealing the actual file used by iTunes to double check it was a copy placed in the iTunes folder, not the original.


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