soundpack : Java Glossary

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Soundpackager  soundpack
The extension on Stardock’s proprietary format files for bundling up a group of sounds to form a XP, W2003, Vista, W2008, W7-32, W7-64, W8-32, W8-64, W2012, W10-32 and W10-64 theme. You have to buy a $10.00 USD (according to the website, $20.00 USD to the utility) utility called SoundPackager.exe to open the files and install them as the current sound theme. You can try out the program free.

Stardock’s way of selling sound themes works a bit like an all-you-can-eat restaurant. The sound themes themselves are free. You can browse them at, but you can’t hear them without the utility. The utility just installs the theme. To hear the various sounds you have to install the soundpack with the utility and use the Windows control panel. Further, the utility cannot be used to select one of the built-in Windows themes. To do that you need the control panel. All the utility does is install *.soundpack files. It does not literally unpack them into C:\Windows\media. Thus the soundpack themes are not available from the control panel and once your trial period is up, you will lose access to any soundpacks you downloaded.

Themes I find pleasing include: Windows Vista beta, Aquarium, Zen, Stardock and Mac OSX. You can install them in two modes, with a sound for everything, or just for important events.

The utility also lets you bundle up your own groups of sounds into soundpacks. However, you cannot repackage or modify their sounds, e.g. to lower the volume on a sound. The alternative would be to zip a subdirectory of C:\Windows\Media to create a truly open soundpack albeit slightly more difficult for a newbie to install.

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