iLife Stock Music and Sound Effects | mariteaux
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Last modified: 11/27/2020
(11/27/20: These have all been moved to the Somnolescent Archives! I also went digging and found another batch of Apple sound effects that went with them ("iMovie '08 Sound Effects" in the files). The process has also been updated with the actual details rather than my hazy recollection.)
When I got my first Mac in 2010, I spent way too much time playing with the free apps that came on it, everything from Photo Booth with its charmingly glitchy greenscreening effects to GarageBand to, of course, iMovie.
One thing that stands out to me about iMovie '09 versus the modern iMovie (which is about as useful as a toy on a phone these days) is the huge bank of stock music and sound effects they came with, royalty-free, that you could use with no regard for copyright. You've probably heard this stuff, Red Letter Media ("Buddy"), Techmoan ("Daydream"), and apparently a million Vine people have all used these tracks, among many others.
Needless to say, Apple doesn't give out freebies like this anymore. Still, I kept ahold of my original 2010 iMac's discs (despite no longer having the computer—thanks for smashing it and then giving me a better one, Best Buy), so despite these being available literally nowhere online aside from some probably fifth generation YouTube uploads, I was able to crack open the disc and retrieve what was quite literally the soundtrack to my childhood in full quality. I present my findings to you.
Ripping these yourself
So these steps apply mostly to the "Application Install DVD" that came with Macs from around that time, but I imagine the process is fairly similar for the proper iLife DVDs. Apple keeps the actual applications and their installers tucked away in a hidden directory so you can't install them on unsupported Macs, but if you know where to look, you can pull the files out anyway. This should also let you run older iLife stuff on newer Macs, provided Apple hasn't broken Quartz or some shit.
As a little bonus, there's an additional bank of sound effects in MP3 format. These are just iMovie-specific, and they're called "iMovie Sound Effects" in the program. If you wanna find those:
...Or just downloading them from me
Yes, I do have the packs available for download and perusal. They're in the archives, now listed as part of an index rather than in ZIPs. Feel free to grab only what you want or what's nostalgic.
Something to note is that these originally came in Apple's generic QuickTime Core Audio File (CAF) container. The actual audio stream inside is a 256kbps VBR AAC-LC stream, same one often used in
Wooper-2:~ Mariteaux$ afinfo /Library/Audio/Apple\ Loops/Apple/iLife\ Sound\ Effects/Jingles/Watercolor\ Short.caf File: /Library/Audio/Apple Loops/Apple/iLife Sound Effects/Jingles/Watercolor Short.caf File type ID: caff Num Tracks: 1 ---- Data format: 2 ch, 44100 Hz, 'aac ' (0x00000002) 0 bits/channel, 0 bytes/packet, 1024 frames/packet, 0 bytes/frame no channel layout. estimated duration: 18.000000 sec audio bytes: 572430 audio packets: 778 bit rate: 253496 bits per second packet size upper bound: 1080 maximum packet size: 1080 audio data file offset: 4096 optimized audio 793800 valid frames + 2112 priming + 760 remainder = 796672
Seeing as many, many more programs support
For the MP3 files, since a lot of them were in glorious bloatophonic 320kbps, I ran WinMP3Packer on the bunch, which repacks CBR MP3 data into VBR losslessly, shrinking them with absolutely no difference in quality. Again, no transcode, just a repack. The same program can convert them back to CBR if your video editor gets heartburn over that sorta thing.