Some songs on my iPhone are quite loud. I've got the volume on the lowest step, but it's still too loud.

I'm using Apple's in-ear headset; perhaps it's simply louder than the regular one. At least I can play music at a much lower volume with it, so the "perceived" volume of the songs is louder.

I have already turned on "Sound Check" in the Settings. That helped some already, but not enough.

How can I reduce the volume even further?


Without resorting to using an audio program to normalize the tracks (which you might eventually have to do if you want to make it “the right way™”), you can select the track(s) you want to lower in iTunes and CMD + i to “get info”, go to the Options tab and manually reduce the track’s volume.

iTunes Volume Adjustment

You can have multiple track selections and the adjustment will apply to all the selected tracks.

I am not 101% sure if this is carried over the iPhone/iPad (although it should). If that’s not the case, you will need an Audio Editor like Amadeus Pro (there might be others, I happen to have that one and it’s very good, but might be overkill for what you need).

In your favorite editor, open the mp3 (or whatever format you have) and find the Audio Effect usually called Normalize and lower the dBs:

Amadeus Normalize

If you have to modify a lot of tracks, Amadeus Pro has a nice Batch Processor which is some sort of “automator” home made.

The powerful batch processor allows you not only to convert large numbers of files between any of the supported formats, but you can also instruct Amadeus Pro to apply any sequence of sound effects.

See how I have added a Normalize −15dB to the “actions”.:

Amadeus Pro Batch Processing Actions

note: I don’t work for HairerSoft or Amadeus. There might be other editors (some freeware) that do the same thing, but the idea is the same. I know this one does it and excellently because I have it. :)

  • Thank you Martín! I was afraid that I was going to have to edit the music's meta information. i was hoping there was a general volume correction in "iPod", but I guess I have to do it "right(tm)". :-) Sep 30 '10 at 10:21
  • You’re welcome. You didn’t mention if you had a Macintosh computer but I assumed that. If you have Windows, I’m sure there are plenty of audio editors that will do the same thing. Good luck! :) Sep 30 '10 at 15:02

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