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Change volume on iPod touch in landscape mode iPod
At work I plug in my iPod into my speakers and let it shuffle. Since the iPod touch now has the line out at the bottom, I can no longer position my iPod in portrait mode, since the cable to my speakers gets in the way. Therefore I position it in landscape mode, which brings up the Coverf Flow view. Nice, if only it would always refresh to the album art for the "now playing song" and, more importantly to me, if it would offer a volume slider. Both features are missing in landscape mode.

Here are two workarounds; first the simple solution:
  • Shuffle songs
  • Click the Home button to return to the main iPod touch screen
  • Double-click home button to display the 'music widget' with volume slider.
The widget will still be in portrait mode, though I can live with that. The second solution is a bit more complex, but works in landscape mode:
  • Shuffle songs
  • Open a photo
  • Landscape your iPod
  • Double-click the Home button to display the 'music widget' with volume slider.
The widget will now be in landscape mode. This is one of those hints where I hope someone will say, "you fool, there is a much better way!"

[robg adds: This works on the iPhone, too, as you would expect.]
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Change volume on iPod touch in landscape mode
Authored by: val1984 on Jun 09, '09 09:06:00AM

What I'd do is locking the iPod (by pressing the top button) and then double click the home button which brings simple controls for previous song, play/pause, next song and volume.
But since I have an 2nd generation iPod touch, I use the volume button.



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Change volume on iPod touch in landscape mode
Authored by: hab136 on Jun 09, '09 09:12:44AM
>Since the iPod touch now has the line out at the bottom

What? It has the headphone connector on the top and the dock connector with line out on the bottom. AFAIK it's never had a line out on top.

>This is one of those hints where I hope someone will say, "you fool, there is a much better way!"

1. The dock has a built-in line out. Not sure why you're not using it - does the Touch not come with it? Charge your phone and play music at the same time, all while keeping it in portrait mode.

If you don't have a dock for whatever reason, they're $29, or for $49 you can get one with a remote even:
http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB125G/B?fnode=MTY1NDA0OQ&mco=MTI4NDA5Ng

2. Use the physical buttons on the side of the device to change volume.

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Change volume on iPod touch in landscape mode
Authored by: asmeurer on Jun 09, '09 12:28:42PM

Using the physical volume controls are great, if your iPod has them. For those of us with original 1G iPod touches, there is not physical volume control.

Personally, I wish that you could disable coverflow altogether. Maybe with iPhone OS 3.0, which lets developers access your iTunes library on your iPod, someone will come up with a better music application than Apple's.



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Change volume on iPod touch in landscape mode
Authored by: Ericeman on Jun 14, '09 10:32:45PM

Although not the cheapest option the dock really is the ideal solution. Keep your iPod at regular volume and use your speakers controls and use the provided remote for easy switching. You'll even have it in portrait mode so you can see what's playing.



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Change volume on iPod touch in landscape mode
Authored by: Frederico on Jun 14, '09 11:26:04PM
First off, on my 1st gen iPhone, if you wait about 30 seconds, Coverflow always bounces to the current song, and continues to update as long as you remain in landscape mode *and* the iPhone does not go to screensaver/sleep. Not sure why the touch would behave differently.

Also, for the amount this seemingly annoys you, I'm with the other poster who advises using a pass-through docking station; you get charging and audio/video out at the same time. I love using my stand-up dock when I use the iPhone as a player to external speakers (or even just headphones), mainly because in portrait mode you can not only get a full set of controls, but you get Lyrics displayed as well, and, not only that, but you can quick-tap to rate your tunes (tap the info-icon in the upper right to toggle).

Or, if you're broke (or cheap!), then build yourself a simple iPhone/iPod touch portrait-holder out of paper clips and/or business cards and/or pencils and rubberbands (Google it! http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en-us&q=cheap+do+it+yourself+ipod+touch+holder&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8 and my favorite: http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/feature-the-pencil-iphone-stand/), and leave enough space at the bottom for your cable-out.

A cheap US$2 small-style wire book holder (like you use in the kitchen for cookbooks) from Target or Walmart will also do if you are creatively challenged.

Better still, go to Office Depot/Max/Staples/etc. and look in the acrylics and metal desk accessories aisle where all the business card and brochure holders and desktop organizers sets are; I just played around with a $0.89 plastic business card holder, and you could easily drill a hole in the bottom to let your cable pass through; even a short one could be used with a $3 1/8'' mini plug adapter that has a 45 degree male on one end (Radio Shack; Cables+;etc.).

I use a business card holder (metal, black wire mesh; Fellowes) to hold my mini remote vertically for my Sony DV-990x video camera, which doubles as my web cam (and of course my video source for imovie and Final Cut). I can press the buttons to zoom or control the player without removing it, so surely it would work for your iPod touch.

HTH

Rico


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