Using Sound Check for iPod touch Volume

Banish annoying volume differences on iPod touch using Sound Check

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The iPod touch is a stellar portable device for watching music videos, running music apps and listening to your iTunes library while on the go. However, have you noticed that the songs you listen to are not all at the same volume? There's a way to fix that so you don't have to mess around with the volume controls to play songs at a reasonable volume level.

Information in this article applies to all versions of the iPod touch, but some steps may vary slightly based on which version of iOS it is running.

How to Deal With Volume Variations in Your iTunes Song Library

The iPod Touch has a built-in feature called Sound Check that gives you a quick and easy way of equalizing the volume level. 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 it is an essential feature if your music library has large volume differences.

How to Use the iPod touch Sound Check Feature

As with the iPhone, the Sound Check feature on the iPod touch is disabled by default. To enable it:

  1. Tap the Settings icon on the iPod Touch's main screen.

  2. Scroll down the list of options and tap Music.

  3. Tap the switch next to Sound Check to change it to the On position.

  4. Once you have activated the Sound Check feature, you can exit the settings screen by pressing Home.

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.

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 is in the Off position.

How to Use Sound Check with iTunes on Your Computer

Sound Check also works on your desktop or laptop if you have the iTunes software installed. Whether you use a PC or Mac, it's possible to normalize iTunes songs on your computer using sound check.