With many external devices, the standard iPod volume is not loud enough. Here are the tricks that you can use to increase the output volume.
Two major ways exist for increasing the iPod volume.
There are advantages and risks to each way.
First, you can increase the volume of the song through iTunes:
- Open iTunes.
- Select Library.
- Select a song or songs. (Ctrl+A for all.)
- Right click and select Get Info. (If a prompted to edit multiple items, select Yes)
- Navigate to Volume Adjustment at the bottom.
- Move the arrow upward toward +100%
- Click OK.
- Sync your iPod.
This is an easy way to increase the volume of an individual song or multiple songs. However, this will frequently increase distortion. This makes the song "hotter" but doesn't actually increase the volume coming out of the iPod.
Most software that you can download that will increase your iPod volume works through this matter as well.
The one piece of software that works well is goPod. This actually hacks the iPod firmware to allow the iPod to push more power. This will not actually distort the music (although it may introduce distortion by overpowering your earphones or external device.)
Obviously, hacking firmware is not for the lighthearted and you should do so at your own risk... although goPod makes it pretty easy.
Also, be careful. More volume and more power can destroy ear drums. Do not be crazy with the volume.