How to boost iPod volume

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How to boost iPod volume
Pump up the jams through your iPod's iconic white headphones. (ear buds 02 image by Darrell Sharpe from

The iPod, Apple's flagship portable media player, plays music, movies and video games. You may need to boost the iPod's volume when you're using it in a noisy environment, like outdoors or in an aeroplane, or when you want to share your favourite songs with people at a social event. A combination of custom software settings and external hardware can help you make your iPod as loud as you want.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • RCA cable

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  1. 1

    Turn up the volume on the iPod. While a song is playing, slide your finger on the device's touch-sensitive click wheel from left to right. This makes the volume louder.

  2. 2

    Disable the Sound Check feature, which limits the iPod's volume to the volume settings made in the iTunes software. Click "Menu" on the front click wheel. Scroll down to "Settings" and select "Sound Check." This toggles the feature on or off.

  3. 3

    Increase the maximum volume limit on the iPod. Click "Menu" on the front click pad and scroll to "Settings," then click "Volume Limit." A bar will appear; the shaded section represents the current volume limit. Slide your finger in a clockwise direction on the click wheel to increase the maximum volume limit. Press "Play/Pause" to set the limit, then press "Menu" and resume use of the iPod.

  4. 4

    Use noise-cancelling headphones. Such products block out surrounding sound, making the iPod sound louder when you're listening to it.

  5. 5

    Connect the iPod to a set of speakers. Dozens of iPod-compatible speakers are sold through Apple and various electronics retailers. Standard speakers can also be used using an RCA cable with a 3.5mm plug. Insert the 3.5mm plug into the headphone port on the iPod and connect the opposite end into the speakers' line-in port. The speakers will now amplify the iPod's volume.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't listen to your iPod at excessively loud levels. The quieter the volume, the better. The growing popularity of MP3 players like the iPod are leading to early hearing loss in many people, according to the Washington State Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

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