One of the drawbacks of having a wide variety of digital music is the wide variety of volume levels that different tracks play at.
There's nothing more jarring than when a a low-key folk song that requires full volume on your iPod is quickly followed by a hardcore rock number which rips out your eardrums with brutal efficiency.
If you use an iPod and iTunes this problem can be solved by using an in-built feature called Sound Check which - when enabled - plays back your entire music library at exactly the same volume.
In order to get the benefit of both, you'll need to switch-on Sound Check in both iTunes and on your iPod. Here's how to do it:
1. Open iTunes
2. At the top of the screen go to iTunes>>Preferences (for Mac) or Edit>>Preferences (for PC)
3. In the pop-up window that appears, click on the "Playback" tab
4. Tick the box next to "Sound Check"
This will ensure that within iTunes all your music will play at approximately the same level.
1. On the iPod main menu, choose "Settings"
2. Scroll down and select "Sound Check" to turn the feature on
You can now go to the gym with your iPod on "shuffle" without worrying about having to play with the volume control!