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Frequently Asked Questions

Look below for answers to some common questions regarding the iPod personal volume limit adjustment.

Q. What is the Volume Limit adjustment on my iPod?

A. On an iPod nano or fifth-generation iPod running iPod software version 1.1.1 (or later), you can use the Volume Limit adjustment to set the maximum volume at which your iPod will play music or other audio. To obtain the software, visit our website and download the latest software update for your iPod.

Q. How do I change the Volume Limit on my iPod?

A. You’ll find complete instructions for setting the Volume Limit in this Knowledge Base article.

What level should I set the maximum volume of my iPod?

A. There isn’t a setting that is appropriate for all iPod users or uses. If you want to change the maximum volume of your iPod, hearing experts generally recommend that you set the volume while in a quiet environment and that you turn the volume down if you can’t hear people speaking near you. Keep in mind that you can adapt over time to a higher volume of sound that may sound normal but can be damaging to your hearing. The louder the volume, the less time required before your hearing could be affected.

Q. At what level should I set the Volume Limit on my iPod?

A. There is no single setting that can be recommended for all iPod users or uses. If you want to change the Volume Limit on your iPod, hearing experts generally recommend that you set the volume while in a quiet environment and that you avoid turning up the volume to block out noisy surroundings. You may experience a different sound level with different earbuds or headphones and with different EQ settings. When you’re using earbuds, hearing experts recommend that you turn the volume down if you can’t hear people speaking near you. Keep in mind that you can adapt over time to a higher volume of sound that may be harmful to your hearing. The louder the volume, the less time required before your hearing could be affected.

Q. How can I set the Volume Limit on my iPod to a specific decibel level?

A. The Volume Limit setting lets you change the maximum output of your iPod’s headphone jack. The actual sound pressure level that you experience depends on several factors: the music you’re listening to, how it was recorded and encoded, the type of earbuds or headphones you use, and their placement in your ears.

Q. Does the Volume Limit affect iPod accessories?

A. The Volume Limit affects earbuds, headphones and other accessories that are plugged into the iPod headphone jack as well as the iPod Radio Remote.

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