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Use a third-party MP3 volume normalization tool in iTunes
Authored by: MacTripper on Jan 20, '10 12:12:34PM

Different EQ settings will change the gain and mess up any attempts to volume level. One has to set a EQ setting across all the songs in a group or genre or playlist, without those songs being included in another. So all Classic Rock can get a Rock EQ, Pop gets a Pop EQ setting and so on without the two genre's mixing. If you mix genres or groups or playlists with different EQ settings, your songs won't be volume leveled anymore. It would be nice to EQ set a playlist that over rides the songs EQ setting though.

Mp3Gain alters the sound files, this is not good. It can only alter the gain so much before clipping occurs and you lose quality and even portions of the songs. If you turn off clipping, then it doesn't truly volume level and you'll get a blast every once in awhile. If you don't care about quality and want to burn cd's then this is the way to go.

iVolume works great and levels the all the songs using the Sound Check feature of iTunes by adjusting to what a person hears. Sound Check levels the gain going out of iTunes or a iPod before it hits speakers or a stereo system without altering the song file itself. As long as you use a device that uses Sound Check, like a iPod or iTunes connected to a stereo system, your fine and won't be grabbing the remote constantly. The price is well worth it in my opinion, I have been happy ever since I iVolumed my 8000 song collection.

And if you update your operating system you have to also update programs as well, so complaining about the price for a update is just idiotic. Snow Leopard offers no real big advantage right now and is prone to a lot of problems.



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