iLife Stock Music and Sound Effects | mariteaux
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Last modified: 9/12/2020
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, channels as disparate as Red Letter Media, Techmoan, and supermariologan have used these tracks (don't ask me which videos though, I'm just going on the comments).
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
I forgot to note the steps down exactly, but it went something like this. You'll need the original iLife '09 install DVD for this, or at least the "application install" DVD that came with your Mac. I have the latter, but I'm sure it's similar for both.
...Or just downloading them from me
Yes, I do have the packs available for download. Altogether, they're about 250mb, so I've elected to pack them separately and let you know what's in each if you're looking for something specific.
Something to note is that these originally came in Apple's generic QuickTime CoreAudio 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
Technical stuff out of the way, here's the packs and their contents: