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MacFormat suggests volume hack for EU iPods

In the letters page of the October issue of MacFormat magazine, a reader complained about the European Volume issue with his new iPod. He stated a friend brought a new iPod back from Japan, and the difference in volume between the European and Japanese versions was quite noticeable. Macformat replied - “Apple hasn’t said officially whether the European iPods come with a nobbled volume. However, this website says they do: and reckons it’s found the answer. Plug in your iPod and follow the instructions at”

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I still insist that My idea, and mike/Unix, everyone elses help was as good as it gets, no frills, easy way to fix the ipod. 

Now, sorry to be away for so long mike, but i got my hands on my neighbor’s ipod (10 gig gen3) and determined that once repartition is complete (ie, make the firmware partition 40 mb), that the restore sometimes works (depends somehow on whether it wants to read it or not), although an update will work fine once the firmware is reloaded on. (i still have a copy of the firmware around here somewhere, so email if anyone is interested, tahts 2.0.1 btw)

BTW, i love seeing my creation here again!

Posted by the Keaner on September 28, 2003 at 8:15 PM (CDT)


yep, very cool!!!

Posted by bsodmike on September 28, 2003 at 11:03 PM (CDT)



Tested and worked!

Posted by Eirik on September 30, 2003 at 1:56 AM (CDT)


Eirik, what you are doing is just getting your ipod to the maximum allowed with the limit, not breaking the limit.  Espen admits that it is not a true solution and more of a work around.

Posted by the Keaner on September 30, 2003 at 4:25 AM (CDT)


Yes, my soft just update the volumetag in database for everysong so you can go over the limit. The solution above REMOVE the limit. Thats why the volumeboost is not a HACK, just a WORKAROUND to get higher volume without disortion.(since the ipod originally is designed to play that loud)

If you want to remove the volumelimit permanent, the solution above is the only one known so far. (that I know of)

Posted by EsspeN on September 30, 2003 at 5:34 AM (CDT)


sounds very complicated to me. can anyone explain it in english please? or is there something like an istaller that does the job? and do i need to have some firmware before i start? cheers

Posted by Pepe Silva on September 30, 2003 at 5:42 AM (CDT)


It is quite difficult to do the fix, as we do not have an installer created due to the nature of the ipod hardware.  I have tried quite a bit, and because of some inherent retardation of the windows and OSX systems, an installer is not feasable at this moment.  Once i find a way to do it, you can be assured, that i will.  And, at that time, i wouldnt mind either including the d/l as a part of esspen’s fix (ie, option of removing the cap, then every time afterwards it runs to raise the volume further), or the other way around.

BTW, esspen, tech question, how do you access the hard drive for the ipod, do you do it using standard os definitions, or do you create a bit by bit standard for HD access?

Posted by the Keaner on September 30, 2003 at 12:41 PM (CDT)


er as far as i can tell euPod Volume Boost just sets the replygain up a load so that it gets played back louder. no special HD access required, not entirely sure why yourd want to write your own HD reader for such a simple purpose anyway.

Posted by Alex Stapleton on September 30, 2003 at 1:56 PM (CDT)


er alex, i realize that he most likely uses basic file access through OS standards, but if it happened that he found a way to do hard drive access without the os, it would be perfect for my application.  I would require one because the OS doesnt allow commands to format a disk, nor repartition one.

Posted by the Keaner on September 30, 2003 at 7:24 PM (CDT)


i know for a fact you can get raw disk access on windows9x and NT. but i think you might find it easier to just get windows versions of the tools you used (dd being the main one) which you can get most of from here  i believe. which i expect you could script in a BAT file pretty easily.

Posted by Alex Stapleton on October 1, 2003 at 10:17 AM (CDT)


Alex, i realize it could be done quite easily with a batch file, but i would prefer not having to do it that way due to the extreme difference in dos commands between OS’s.  I would much perfer to use a C library to do the access instead.

Posted by the Keaner on October 1, 2003 at 12:01 PM (CDT)


Just sayin’ hi

Posted by Unixmonkey on October 1, 2003 at 1:45 PM (CDT)


hey unix, nice to see you again.

Posted by the Keaner on October 1, 2003 at 8:10 PM (CDT)


hey I just got an ipod but i dont have the cd for it and I cant get music on it. Please help. Suggestions?

Posted by judgie on November 15, 2004 at 10:02 PM (CST)


hey judgie on the apple web page i tunes is availible to download so .... dont be a dumb ass

Posted by sam-py on July 4, 2005 at 11:02 AM (CDT)

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