How to Normalize the Volume on an iPod Playlist

by C. Taylor

    Depending on how a song was recorded or encoded, its relative volume might differ from other songs on your iPod playlist, forcing you to constantly adjust your volume settings. However, iTunes's Sound Check feature normalizes each song's volumes so they play them at approximately the same level. All modern iPod models also have their own Sound Check option for toggling the setting on or off. However, enabling this option on the iPod nano has no effect unless you also enable it in iTunes.

    ITunes Setup

    Step 1

    Connect your iPod to your computer using the USB cable. This connection is necessary before iTunes will update the normalization information on the iPod.

    Step 2

    Click "iTunes" and select "Preferences." On a Mac, click "Edit" and select "Preferences."

    Step 3

    Click "Playback," "Sound Check" and then "OK" to enable this option.

    Step 4

    Click the "Eject" icon next to the iPod and then disconnect the USB cable.

    IPod Setup

    Step 1

    Tap "Settings" from the iPod's Home screen.

    Step 2

    Tap "Music."

    Step 3

    Touch the "Sound Check" On/Off slider to turn it On.


    • The Sound Check option in iTunes will disable the iPod nano's Equalizer option.

    About the Author

    C. Taylor has been a professional writer since 2009. He has written for online publications and the "Journal of Asian Martial Arts." Taylor specializes in martial arts, traveling, sciences and computer repair. He received a Master of Science in wildlife biology from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences from the College of Charleston.

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