While most of the neat things you can do with the iPod/Music app are contained within the app itself, there are some settings that you can use to both increase your enjoyment of your music and protect you at the same time.
To access all of these settings:
- Tap the Settings app on your home screen
- Scroll down to iPod/Music and tap it
The first of these settings is SoundCheck. Songs are recorded at different volumes, meaning that you might listen to one fairly loud song and then one very quiet one, causing you to have to adjust the volume each time. SoundCheck tries to prevent this. It samples the volume of the songs in your iPod/Music library and attempts to play all songs at an average volume.
If you want to use it, just move its slide to On.
EQ is the equalizer setting. This provides different kinds of audio playback settings for your iPod/Music app. Want to increase the bass sound of your music? Choose Bass Booster. Listen to a lot of jazz? Get just the right mix by choosing the Jazz setting. Listening to a lot of podcasts or audiobooks? Choose Spoken Word.
EQ is optional, and turning it on uses up more battery than if it's off, but if you want an improved audio experience, tap on it and select the EQ setting best for you.
One big concern for a lot of iPod and iPhone users is the potential damage they may be doing to their hearing by listening to a lot of music, especially with earbuds that are so close to the inner ear. The Volume Limit setting is designed to address that; it limits the maximum volume you can play music at on your device.
To use it, tap the Volume Limit item and move the volume slider to the loudest you want music to be. Once that's set, no matter what you do with the volume buttons, you'll never hear things louder than the limit.
If you're setting this on a kid's device, for instance, you may want to lock the limit so they can't change it. In that case, tap the Lock Volume Limit button and enter a four-digit passcode to protect the setting.