Using Sound Check for iPod Touch Volume

Banish annoying volume differences between songs using Sound Check

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Volume Variations in Your iTunes Song Library

The iPod Touch is a stellar portable device for watching music videos, running music apps, and last but not least -- listening to your song library while on the move. However, have you noticed that not all the songs you listen to are all at the same volume? You may already have encountered this problem and been frustrated by having to play around with the volume controls on your iPod Touch. While the majority of songs in your library may play at a reasonable volume level, you might have some that are either way too quiet or deafeningly loud.

Thankfully, the iPod Touch has a built-in feature (called Sound Check) that gives you a quick and easy way of equalizing the volume level across all your songs. It works in the background by profiling the "loudness" of all your songs and then calculating a playback volume for each one. This process is often referred to as audio normalization and is an essential feature if your music library has large volume differences.

Using the Sound Check Feature

The Sound Check feature on the iPod Touch (just like the iPhone) is disabled by default so you'll need to know where to look in order to enable it. Follow this short tutorial to see where to find this option and enable it:

  1. Tap the Settings icon on the iPod Touch's main screen.
  2. You should now see a large list of settings that cover the various functions of the iPod Touch. Using your finger, scroll down this list until you see the setting for Music. Tap on this option to select it.
  3. You'll now see a further menu. Locate the Sound Check option in the list and activate it by sliding the switch next to it. If you prefer, you can also tap the switch to the on position.
  4. Once you have activated the Sound Check feature, you can exit the settings screen by pressing the iPod Touch's [Home button] -- this will take you back to the main menu screen.
  5. To test Sound Check, it's a good idea to select songs in your library that you know are either quiet or loud. Start playing the songs or playlists as you would normally do by tapping the Music icon on the main screen.

**Note** if at any time you want to stop using Sound Check, all you need to do is follow the steps above but make sure the switch for the Sound Check option in the off position.

Sound Check on Your Computer -- Sound Check can also be used for the songs played via your computer if you have the iTunes software installed. To see how to do this on a PC or Mac, follow our tutorial on How to Normalize iTunes Songs on Your Computer Using Sound Check.