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EU iPod volume booster - which is best

Discussion in 'Headphones, Earphones & Portable Music' started by Brogan, Nov 15, 2004.

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  1. Brogan

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    Which utility is generally considered to be the best one for increasing the maximum volume of an EU iPod?

    I have found one called euPOD_Pro, are there any others?

    Also, is it worth running all of my MP3s through MP3 gain to normalize all of them?
    If so, what setting should they be at?

    TIA
     
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    I have used euPodPro. It is very simple and works very well. I have only used it to gain about 10%, but I have a US model so probably don't need it at all. I have ripped all my CD's to AAC rather than MP3 and find that the quality is much better.
    I have not equalised any of the files and it really is not a problem. Some come across as a little quiet, but I find that with CD's in my CD player. I tend to play CD's in their entirity so it is not much of an issue to alter the volume on the iPod. However, it might be more of an issue if you have it on random play all the time.
     
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    At least I know it works then.
    I rip to MP3 as it's the most versatile/common format.
    Can you play back AAC on a smartphone or PC without Apple software?
    I think not?

    You're right in that if you play the entire album, differing volume between recordings is not such an issue.
    Good point on the random play though.
    I suppose it might be worth doing, as long as it doesn't clip, distort or otherwise damage the file.
    I have no experience of the program though so I'm a bit reluctant to try it without some feedback.

    Anyone else used MP3Gain or a different volume utility from euPodPro for the iPod?
     
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    If you just want to increase the EU ipods maximum volume the best prgram is a firmware hack called iMod. This works for the latest 4g versions of the iPod.

    http://www.pochoirs.de/leechs/iMod.zip

    Easy to install and works a treat, and if you dont like it, it even has an option to return it to normal EU levels.
     
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    Thanks for that.
    The 'Read Me' file does say it hasn't been tested on the latest 4G version so maybe that hasn't been updated.
    It seems to do exactly what I want though.
    I might give it a try.
     
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    If you do want to normalize your MP3's use MP3Gain - it's free and easy....(no lewd jokes please!!)
     
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    Have you used it Andrew?
    Did it make a difference to the audio quality of the files you normalised?
     
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    I have an in-car MP3 player and yes it does help - as I like to select lots of random tracks before I would be constantly changing my volume, quite drastically at times (for example the volume in my car has an value of 0-20, some songs needed to be played at 18, others at 8 for the same volume) - MP3Gain on track mode sorted that.

    One thing I would say is if you have a lot of tracks it can take quite a while to process them all, but it is a one off job though.

    I didn't notice any substantial audio quality loss - however I won't profess for being a huge audiophile (I'm not the type of person who'll complain about the diffence in LPs to CD's and CD's to MP3's etc etc)
     
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    Sounds good, I'll probably give it a try then.

    I've got about 5,000 tracks/30 GB worth so I could be a while... :D

    As long as there's no clipping I'm sure it will be fine.
    Out of interest, what level did you set yours to?
     
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    Not a clue.... sorry!!
     
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    Why don't you just go into 'get info' for individual tracks and increase the volume there???????
     
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    For 5,000 tracks.... yup have fun Brogan!!!
     
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    The trick is to increase the volume as soon as you start filling the ipod up, not after filling it. :laugh: I find the volume PLENTY loud enough now.
     
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    I didn't bother with MP3 Gain in the end.
    As the iPod isn't for me, I'll wait and see if the actual user is happy with it or not.

    And I don't know if it's me or whether I've got a US iPod but the maximum volume is far higher than I'd want to listen at :confused:
    That being the case, I doubt I'll be using any of the various volume utilities.
     
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    Am about to start on a new one tonite for the first time. I will fill all the 40gb, so how exactly do I make a universal setting before I start to transfer all the files please ?

    I do not want to adjust the volume for each song if that's what it entails. In which case I will use one of the above utilities !
     
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    Ok have done about 30Gb on it so far and will easily fill it by the weekend. Pity it goes back in the box and off as a present to the one it was bought for :smoke:

    The volume is no problem at all. I have not made any changes at all to it. I have a UK model and I have to say some people must have hearing problems if they think it's too low and need the software to boost it ????

    After half way the volume is plenty loud ! Approaching far too loud near the top end ! Why on earth would anyone want it to go any louder ?

    I have an Archos AV340 and I have to say the Ipod 40Gb is a very very nice bit of kit.
     
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    I used goPod to unlock mine, since all they do is change 2 bits in the firmware to remove the EU limit it doesn't matter which you use.

    I got most of the info about this from ipod lounge
     
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    Things is I didn't change mine at all. It's so LOUD straight from the box, why would anyone want it to be louder ?
     
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    Well some of us are deaf...
     
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    goPod and iMod change firmware settings, (what you want)

    the others (like EUpod, iPodVolumeBooster etc) just change individual track volumes up a bit (not the best solution)
     
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    I have just downloaded this imod programme for windows and tried to run it on my 4G 20gb ipod. It says that the ipod is not recognised - I have tried both USB and firewire connections but neither works.

    I know that my PC recognises the ipod as itunes works with both USB and firewire.

    Anyone know what I'm doing wrong?

    Thanks

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    i cant believe you think its loud ekko star both me and my uncle who had a listen when i 1st bought it 6 months ago thought it was woefully quiet even on loudest volume !

    i used eupod for ages now and its a superb program, doesnt affect the ipod in anyway just tags all the song files in your itunes library

    not used mp3gain but all the faq's say it doesn't clip at all, have a look for the official eupod site as it answers all of these questions, often from the man himself who programmed it

    i use it on 4g ipod and its superb

    imod only boosts it by 35db to the usa ipod levels, eupod can go 80db

    i wouldnt recommend using random play much, was testing battery last week, 12/13 hours normal less than 6 hours on shuffle !! ouch !!

    anyways thats my 2pence worth for my 1st post
     
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    depends what headphones you use.
    My sony earphones are highly sensitive, so it sounds plenty loud enough anyeway.
    My sennheiser symphony earphones are less so, so it sounds quieter with these in..
     
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    I've got my iPod now. Tried euPod but got fedup with iTunes synching all the songs again (I use auto update, manual update is more effort :) )

    Tried goPod and thats great. Changes two bits in the iPods firmware and thats it. iTunes works perfectly in auto update mode and all new songs transferred play at the new higher volume too, cool!

    For anyone having trouble getting goPod to recognise their iPod I found I had to plug iPod into PC, let iTunes load up and recognise it, let iTunes finish updating the iPod, *then* run goPod and it recognises the iPod.

    If that doesn't work then go into iTunes iPod setup and turn on "hard drive" mode, this stops iTunes disconnecting the iPod when its finished synching songs. Turn it back off afterwards. HTH :)
     
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    does anyone use another program to create mp3 files and create the names and artists infomation other then itunes.

    I have some CDs that i need to manually add the artist infomation to for each track and it takes ages. Is there something that will add it in one go??

    As its making the library in i tunes very messy.

    Thanks

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    Does anyone know a program (such as gopod) that works on windows?
    I used the eupod, and it actually worked pretty good, but it still makes me sad that itunes can play my songs so much stronger than my ipod!

    Thank you for the awesome threads!:thumbsup:
     
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    Most just increase the file volume, but this lowers the quality. The best is gopod:
    goPod

    But that doesn't work past the 5G Video.

    Nothing for the ones inbetween the 5G video and IOS devices, with the ios devices (touch, phone, pad), if it's jailbroken you can ssh in and delete one file which limits the volume, that will fully unlock it.
     

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