For anyone who regularly listens to his or her music in the car via Bluetooth or a cable paired iPhone, we have some (very) convenient advice concerning volume and iOS.
If you listen to your iTunes music collection via iOS and you’ve created a playlist of tracks from different albums, sometimes an annoying problem arises. One track sounds almost “whisper soft”, while the next one pops out of the speakers at stadium volume. Admittedly, that keeps you awake during a long and boring ride. But it doesn’t lead to real listening pleasure. On the other hand, you might want to keep that dynamic in volume differences between different tracks when listening via headphones or a hi-fi system in the house (think classic). iOS – Apple’s mobile operating system – offers a practical solution for this by means of a switch!
Launch the iOS Settings app and tap Music. Scroll all the way down the open panel to PLAY. If you turn on the Sound Control switch there, all tracks in a playlist are played at more or less the same average level.
Note that this is not the dreaded compression you turn on here, but just an automatic volume calculation for a series of tracks. Turning the switch off preserves the differences correctly. By the way, this is also ideal for when the volume can’t really be turned up when listening through headphones. Turning it off offers more breathing room towards a higher volume. Many streaming apps also offer this kind of automatic volume control that can be turned on and off, just a matter of diving into the settings!
And this applies not only to iOS, but also to Android and other operating systems, mobile or otherwise.