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Using iPod’s line out to connect to your stereo

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Q: When I plug my 20 GB iPod into my Sony home theater system, I have to turn the iPod volume to its highest setting as well as turning up the volume on the Sony amp in order to hear only a moderate increase. What’s wrong?

- Jeffrey

A: There are a few things to know about using the iPod with a stereo. First, the iPod’s volume from the headphone jack is attenuated; if you have a Dock, it is best to put the iPod in the Dock, then connect it to the stereo using the line-out jack. The Dock’s output gives you a higher level of volume, though you won’t be able to change the volume from the iPod; it is fixed, and adjustable only through your stereo at that point.

Second, make sure you have connected your iPod to a low-impedance input on the stereo, such as the AUX or Phono input. These inputs expect lower power than from, say, a CD player or a tuner, and amplify the sound more.

Kirk McElhearn is the author of several books including iPod & iTunes Garage. His blog, Kirkville features articles about the iPod, iTunes, Mac OS X and much more.

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Do NOT connect your iPod to Phono inputs. Phono inputs expect a very low volume level (ie what comes from a record player) but also apply equalization settings to the signal (the RIAA curve), as records have naturally low bass and high treble:

All other inputs on your receiver (AV/AUX/CD/Tape) are likely the same use any of them.

If you don’t have a dock, it’s likely that you’ll have to turn the iPod up to about 95% to get a line level signal. That’s completely normal.

Posted by mattwardfh on February 26, 2005 at 12:18 PM (CST)


If my computer is full how do i get my ipod to keep the songs even though i don’t have them on my computer any more

Posted by SJMcdaniel on February 26, 2005 at 9:30 PM (CST)


My Computer crashed, My music is not in my Itunes anymore, but I still have it on my ipod, how can I get my music back on my computer without losing it?

Posted by Catwal on February 27, 2005 at 8:56 AM (CST)


Catwal, if you’re running a Mac, you should download iPod Rip. Worth it!

Posted by burnsbrightest on February 27, 2005 at 11:36 AM (CST)


catwal, if you’re running a mac, you can also try broken helix, which is completely free!

Posted by yinyang on February 28, 2005 at 6:23 AM (CST)


SJMcdaniel:  You need to set your iPod to one of the “Manual sync” modes as outlined in this iPod 201 article:

Posted by AndyH on February 28, 2005 at 10:33 AM (CST)


Does anyone know how to print out just the album names? I want a list of all the albums I have in Itunes but I don’t want it on 80 pages with all the songs. I just want the artist and album name. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by Richiefar on March 3, 2005 at 12:40 PM (CST)

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