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Mac: iVolume 1.2 Released

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Friday, September 12, 2003
News Categories: Mac Software

With iVolume you can bring all your iTunes songs to the same loudness. Therefore no simple peak analysis is made. Instead, the perceived loudness heard by human ears is calculated with an appropriate algorithm. The results of iVolume are much better than those of the built-in “Sound Check” function in iTunes.

iVolume does not change any data of your audio files, so there is no loss in quality. iVolume simply adjusts the “Volume Adjustment” slider that you can find in the information dialog of iTunes for every song.

What’s new in v1.2:
iPod workaround: Now iVolume can optionally adjust the songs so that they sound equally loud on the iPod. This was not the case because of an annoying bug in all current firmware versions of the iPod.     

Optimizations: Improved memory management so that iVolume consumes less memory than before while operating long times. 

License: Shareware $7
System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.2 or later, iTunes 4.0 or later.

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Comments

1

Where N - D Hell Is My iTunes for Windows?  I’m holding my breathe here !!!

Posted by jsmoove7 on August 29, 2003 at 10:27 AM (PDT)

2

I agree, give us a Windows version NOW!

Posted by dj doc in Sweden on August 29, 2003 at 9:43 PM (PDT)

3

Is there a similar piece of software for Windows and iPOD.

In MMJB all my volume levels have been set to equal levels via an option, Line-out on my dock plays songs at equal levels , but listening to my iPOD through headphones is murder - up, down, up down.

Posted by rare uk on August 30, 2003 at 1:09 AM (PDT)

4

Can someone using this confirm that when using the dock’s line out, changes made by iVolume are ignored??

Posted by Paco on August 31, 2003 at 9:26 AM (PDT)

5

Paco: I can’t confirm it, but line is usually set by voltage, so that would make sense.

Posted by Phelps on August 31, 2003 at 10:47 AM (PDT)

6

Paco: In my experience, Apple’s Sound Check settings are ignored by the Line Out.  I expect that the same would be the case for iVolume.

Please submit feedback to Apple if you want this changed:
http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipod.html

Posted by Michael Weinmayr on September 2, 2003 at 10:26 AM (PDT)

7

This software does what it promises. The earlier versions worked great for the Mac/iTunes but the iPod has a different setting (firmware error?) that the version 1.2 gets around. Now the iPod tunes are leveled. I would have given 5 stars if iVolume worked directly on the iPod songs (you have to adjust them in the iTunes library and then synchronize with the iPod. This means that to have level songs on bothe iPod and iTunes, you need duplicate libraries.). The author is very responsive and if anyone could tell him how to directly change the volumes on iPod, I’m sure he and all of us would be grateful!

Posted by Scott on September 13, 2003 at 5:10 PM (PDT)

8

Does anyone know if this is a way to get round the european volume limitation problem? does this software level the volume and set it higher than the law allows in europe on the ipod?

Posted by Pepe Silva on September 15, 2003 at 4:49 AM (PDT)

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