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Q: My iPod plays music at a very low volume level. When I try to turn it up higher, the volume is shown as locked. If I try to go into settings and change the volume limit, it asks me to enter a 4 digit password which I did not set myself. When I reset all settings it makes no difference.

- Riga

A: It would appear that somebody has set a volume limit on your iPod and then set a password on it, preventing you from resetting the limit. This feature is intended primarily as a parental control to allow a parent to set a volume limit on their child’s iPod to protect them from hearing damage.

Once the password has been set, there is no way to bypass it without restoring the iPod completely back to its factory settings. This is different from the “Reset All Settings” option on the iPod itself, in that it will erase ALL content from the iPod, returning it to its original default settings.

To do this, you would connect the iPod to your iTunes library, and then use the “Restore” option found on the iPod “Summary” tab in iTunes.

This basically reformats the iPod hard drive, removing both the screen lock password and volume limit password in the process. Since all content will be erased in this process, you will want to ensure that your content is in iTunes or backed up somewhere else, as you will need to reload all of your music and other content back onto the iPod once you have completed the restore.

Note that if you want to prevent somebody from setting a volume limit on your iPod in the future, you can set your own password in the volume limit settings. To do this, you will have to establish a small volume limit (simply move the slider one small notch down from the maximum), and you can then specify your own password. This will prevent somebody else who is using your iPod from establishing a new volume limit and new password. It is strongly recommended that you also do the same for the “screen lock” password for the same reason. Once these passwords are set, they cannot be changed unless you either know the existing password, or do another complete restore on the iPod.

 

 

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Comments

1

Hey guys, I bought your 30g ipod a little over a year ago. I set everything up in my old computer and everything was great. Then my old computer fried, and I bought a new one. How do I get my ipod to receive the new stuff I’ve put in my new computer. I took my ipod set up disc and did the set up thing again, and has allowed me to buy new music from itunes and put in more cds, but when I hook up my ipod to my computer, it does not tranfer the new stuff to my ipod. please help, thanks, Don

Posted by dar1 on May 6, 2007 at 3:54 PM (CDT)

2

SAD ICON

Posted by EASYE on May 7, 2007 at 1:07 PM (CDT)

3

Are there any improvements other than color and wireless remote? I have read some complaints about the older version (difficult use of wheel to access songs quickly; lack of an “all” feature under an artist; etc.) Are any of these things changed with the newer version?

Posted by csterling151 on May 10, 2007 at 12:32 AM (CDT)

4

I’ve got a 80GB iPod and had it for about 8 months now. Everything on it has worked perfectly so far, but in the last couple of weeks or so - the volume seems to keep getting lower and lower. When I first noticed this, I thought there was only something wrong with a couple of songs. Now, even the loudest my iPod goes is still REALLY low. I can barely hear the music if I’m on the bus etc.
And no, it’s not got anything to do with the Volume Limit, that’s on as high as it goes too.
So if there’s anything I can do to help this, please let me know.

- Michael

Posted by Michael on June 4, 2008 at 1:12 PM (CDT)

5

I have an ipod classic.  I’ve been putting tv shows on it just fine.  My problem is as i download the show from itunes they are taking up too much space on my computer’s hard drive.  Is there any way to get rid of my shows from my computer’s hard drive and not lose them on my ipod when I add new ones?

Please help!

Posted by Jessie on August 25, 2008 at 2:17 AM (CDT)

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