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Hack for removing volume cap on European iPods

Update: The page has been removed due to a cease and desist order from Apple.

A reader has posted information and a how-to for removing the volume cap on iPods sold in Europe. EU iPods have a volume cap due to health regulations, therefore having significantly lower decibels than U.S. versions. It’s been a sore spot for many EU iPod owners and has been discussed at length in our forums. (Disclaimer: iLounge is not responsible for anything that happens to your iPod after performing this hack. Hack at your own risk.)

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Whoooooo, guys please be gentle to my site!!! :D


Posted by bsodmike on July 28, 2003 at 4:04 PM (CDT)


Boy I hate it when HTML coders specify a fixed width—like we all surf full-screen or on high resolution screens.

Otherwise, a good site and I’m glad to see EU podders happy, even if they have to now pretend they’re US podders. ;)

Now, if you guys could just be allowed to use FM transmitters (legally).

Posted by Pensive Chimp in Hollywood Park, Texas on July 28, 2003 at 5:22 PM (CDT)


It seems that on both Linux and OSX, there is an advanced terminal where the user can do a lot of stuff by themselves, without the aid of some fancy pants GUI, which is almost a necessity for any app in Windowz (DOS is hardly an advanced terminal. So crude and primitive… )

This just goes to show that on UNIX and UNIX like operating systems, it is the user that has absoulute control over the system.

Posted by Sraphim on July 28, 2003 at 10:57 PM (CDT)


Nice windows section there.

an iRC log :)


Posted by foo_foo on July 28, 2003 at 11:23 PM (CDT)


foo_foo, Sksk_’s explanation in IRC was so ‘precise’ I just dumped the log.  Its still a work in progress and the How-To will evolve with time and become more ‘N000b’ friendly.  Glad to know you guys are finding it useful!

Posted by bsodmike on July 29, 2003 at 1:14 AM (CDT)


I would have been neater with my explaination if I’d known it was going straight onto a webpage ;-)

Posted by dodgy on July 29, 2003 at 6:13 AM (CDT)


Think I’ll wait for a slightly less involved solution to present itself, hopefully someone can do a binary hack.  More volume would be nice tho!

Posted by bassman-x on July 29, 2003 at 12:46 PM (CDT)


Most people testify that Xplay gives distortion-free higher volume for EuroIpoders so why is this necessary ?

Posted by Olayphtangphtangphtangbiscuitbarrell on July 29, 2003 at 1:00 PM (CDT)


Only dumb losers shell out 500-600 Euros for a piece of crap player that you can’t even hear and that runs out of power in 4 hours!

Posted by Jo Jo Chintoh on July 29, 2003 at 1:10 PM (CDT)


Damn!! The page has been shutdown by Apple

Posted by rare uk on July 29, 2003 at 11:50 PM (CDT)


at the risk of sounding like im not interested enough, i have to admit that i didn’t check ipodlounge for two days and thus missed this hack.

bsodmike…. can you help me still??

btw: why is apple being so friggin arsy about this volume cap thing? it’s almost like they’re 15 years old again and puberty is trying it’s harderst to deny that they f***ed up

Posted by yaj on July 30, 2003 at 9:06 AM (CDT)


Apple can f_u_c_k off.

Posted by olayphtangphtangphtangphtangphtangbiscuitbarrell on July 30, 2003 at 9:10 AM (CDT)


I have the files ... but don’t have the instructions ... can anyone help me out?

Posted by Rich on July 30, 2003 at 11:13 AM (CDT)


I have the files .... but don’t have the instructions :( can anyone help me out?

Posted by Rich on July 30, 2003 at 11:15 AM (CDT)


Luckily i saved the the whole page (minus pics,still makes total sense though) as a pdf. I tried the hack and to be honest have not notice much if any difference, but then again my ipod was never THAT quiet in the first place. If you want a copy email me on - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Posted by Adam on July 30, 2003 at 4:08 PM (CDT)


....  oh and please put something obvious in the subject line like ‘IPOD FIRMWARE’ cos’ this address is purely for junk and i don’t bother sifting through all the crap it receives too much

Thanks ;)

Posted by Adam on July 30, 2003 at 4:12 PM (CDT)


I wonder if this hack would have worked to update a v1 or v2 iPod to work with iPod Software v2.0.x ... anyone willing to give it a shot?

Posted by Oly on July 30, 2003 at 4:58 PM (CDT)


Update: just tried it.  Does not work.  You get a skewed icon of a folder with an exclamation point on it.  I tried to then run the 2.0.1 software update on it and the iPod was not recognized as a valid iPod to be updated.  Re-installed my backup firmware partition and everything is back to normal.  Whew.  Was worth a shot i guess.  Proves that the limitation Software Version 2.x is a hardware issue.

Posted by Oly on July 30, 2003 at 5:41 PM (CDT)


Just uploaded the how-to & US firmware file to:

[Link removed by iPodlounge]

oh.. remember these files are for Gen 3 ipods, the procedure worked fine with mine, i just didn’t notice much if any volume increase.

But thought i’d share the files for anyone whose interested in trying.  ‘til the cease and desist from apple legal anyhow ;)


ps. will upload the EU firmware file later.

Posted by Adam on July 31, 2003 at 4:32 AM (CDT)


This is all just wishful hearing.  Yes, there was a way to back out of the volume limit on the Gen 1 and Gen 2 iPods because Apple was trying to fix a :problem: with French and European law.  But as has been reported elsewhere (apple.slashdot.org), the architecture of Gen 3 iPods changed to make the volume limit a part of the underlying design (makes sense, no?)  I never understand why people think that Apple wants to screw with them?  Do you think they have the extra time?  There’s hardly even any easter eggs any more!  It should be clear from how often new products are introduced that the new Apple philosophy is “make it work:ship it”.  If non-US users have a problem with government imposed volume restrictions they should take steps to change the laws.


And thanks for your support!

Posted by Murry on July 31, 2003 at 7:48 AM (CDT)

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