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Make iTunes play louder... Apps
Given the title, you might think that this either isn't a hint, or it's a "give-me-a-break-mike" hint at that. But hang with me.

I've always been frustrated that my wife's iBook way outshined my MacBook when I played iTunes -- even with iTunes and internal volumes set to max. Then Leopard comes, and I did a Quick Look on a music file in the Finder (select the file and hit the Space Bar). I noticed that the Finder played the song much louder than did iTunes.

Eventually, I figured out that if in iTunes you enable the equalizer (Window » Equalizer then click the On button), and set the Preamp to its max, the volume now matches the volume of Quick Look in the Finder, less any adjusting on the equalizer. I already had the equalizer on, but the Preamp was set to 0.
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Make iTunes play louder...
Authored by: jweber on Nov 04, '08 07:51:11AM

Are you sure you don't have "Sound Check" turned on in Preferences? Quick Look and iTunes both play at the same volume for me.



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Sound distortion
Authored by: spockboy on Nov 04, '08 07:58:36AM

If you turn up your "preamp" in iTunes, you will likely distort the sound.

A better solution is to buy speakers that go as loud as you want them to.



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Sound distortion
Authored by: Coumerelli on Nov 04, '08 08:23:22AM

Right. I understand, but the meat of this hint is that, while Quicklook in Finder was pretty loud, iTunes was not. This hint reconciles this point.

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Make iTunes play louder...
Authored by: vansie on Nov 04, '08 08:27:32AM
You must have a high tolerance for distortion. Bumping everything iTunes plays by +12 dB is likely to destroy anything but the quietest passages in a song. And those are hard to come by these days as we find ourselves embroiled in the Loudness War: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loudness_war

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Make iTunes play louder...
Authored by: asmeurer on Nov 04, '08 08:40:41AM

Check to see if sound check turns up the volume or down the volume for the track you want to play. It's in the first pane of the get info box. Also, if you go to the options pane, you can bump up the volume quite a bit on a track by track basis.



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Make iTunes play louder...
Authored by: Hauberg on Nov 04, '08 09:38:51AM

The facts: iTunes has, by default, an enabled function to make all of your songs sound at an volume. This functions will lower the volume of 90% or so of your songs as a necessary evil.

If you don't care if your songs sound equally loud you can turn off the "Sound Control" checkbox in iTunes. Never use the equalizer to increase the volume like that, as it will distort many of your songs.



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Make iTunes play louder...
Authored by: bcometa on Nov 04, '08 10:09:56AM
quicklook volume and itunes volume seem to be independent for me. the eq in itunes has no effect on quicklook volume... and in my case, quicklook and itunes have the same volume when playing the same track (unless EQ is on in itunes, then itunes is louder). you may have a bug in your system or i'm doing something wrong.
corewerkz

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Make iTunes play louder...
Authored by: lihtox on Nov 04, '08 12:22:38PM

I've done this for a long time. It occasionally causes distortion, but most of the time it doesn't bother me (some people think that everyone has the same aural sensitivities as they do, and can't understand how people can stand MP3s instead of CDs or vinyl. Because we're different people, dude! But anyway....).

In any case, it's particularly good for podcasts where distortion doesn't matter.



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Make iTunes play louder...
Authored by: Stormchild on Nov 04, '08 02:19:55PM

No offense, but this is not a hint. This is bad advice from someone who doesn't understand how iTunes -- or digital audio in general -- works. Following these instructions will cause all your music to distort heavily.



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Make iTunes play louder...
Authored by: garyaj on Nov 04, '08 06:35:32PM

I also wondered why my wife's iBook was louder than my Macbook. Thanks for this.

As for 'distortion', come on guys, this is MP3s through 1cm speakers in a plastic box. If you can't even hear the bloody file, distortion is irrelevant. If I want to listen to quality I wouldn't be listening to MP3s.



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Make iTunes play louder...
Authored by: Anonymous on Nov 06, '08 03:09:42PM

The distortion isn't irrelevant. The fact that you're not getting significant distortion after bumping up the preamp suggests that most of your music was recorded with a low average volume.

Remember, +3 dB is twice as loud. +12 dB is 16 times the volume. Basically, you're taking 4 bits of your 8 bit audio and throwing it away. Why not re-record everything in 4-bits?

Here's betting you'll back that slider off from +12 dB in a few days, weeks or months.



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Make iTunes play louder...
Authored by: notyou on Nov 05, '08 02:08:48PM

Even if the distortion doesn't bother you, depending on what music you play, doing this is potentially damaging to your speakers (i don't know how robust apples internal speakers are in general, but i've blown a pair of external speakers this way)



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Make iTunes play louder...
Authored by: Anonymous on Nov 06, '08 03:14:11PM

If your speakers blew, they couldn't have cost you much anyway. Any properly designed set of speakers will handle the miniscule power output from a laptop.



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Make iTunes play louder...
Authored by: fursonice on Nov 06, '08 06:25:00AM

i wish you would have out iBook not iTunes.

anyway, do what you want with your EQ but leave the preamp slider at zero (btw, that's means in the middle not the bottom).

damn did i miss that or is not in any reply that i had to scan before posting, it should have been in the first reply! let's get it together hinters! ;-)



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Make iTunes play louder...
Authored by: fursonice on Nov 06, '08 06:31:33AM

also, in QuickTime try holding shift when you press the up arrow.

(tip: in leopard(?) hold opt-shift when using volume keys for fine adjustment.)



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Make iTunes play louder...
Authored by: David Grant on Nov 06, '08 09:23:07AM

I've been doing this for years. No problems, no distortion, no blown speakers. OS 10.4.x with Detour to reroute the sound to my Harmon/Kardon USB iSub/clear, 4 driver speakers (forgot the actual name).

David



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Make iTunes play louder...
Authored by: zo219 on Nov 07, '08 12:00:13AM
Or you could use SRSLabs' iWow iTunes plugin, as I've done for years, on several Powerbook G4s and now a MacBook Pro ... which produces some serious sound and blows all theories about "too loud."

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