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1.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment, 8 April 2010
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This review is from: Apple iPod classic 160GB - Silver - 6th Generation (Electronics)
This was my fourth ipod and I wanted one with a bigger capacity, my 5G (80gb) ipod video finally having expired but I've returned it after just 3 days.

The reason ? the sound and the volume. As I say, I am an experienced ipod user and have been a big fan of previous versions. I was also aware of the EU volume cap and have a higher specification set of headphones which have definitely helped with other ipod versions to provide a louder sound.

But the ipod classic is much, much too quiet even with the sound full up. I also have an iphone which has an ipod on it and the difference in volume and quality is enormous. I also found the sound quality to be much flatter and tinnier than previous ipods. Yes, the classic has a big memory and has lots of new features but at the end of the day you want a ipod that which plays your music to a good quality and at a reasonable volume (especially if you use it on the tube/ near traffic etc). So I'd suggest people either choose a different version or buy one from outside of the European Union.
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Initial post: 10 May 2010 21:59:01 BDT
Mr. N. Gregg says:
If I buy one of these on Amazon.com from America is it guaranteed to have no volume limiter?

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Oct 2010 01:55:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Oct 2010 01:59:18 BDT
Johan Peter says:
No, definitely not. The whole EU volume-restriction law is a myth. The only obligation manufacturers have, is to put a sticker [in French!] on the device about the risks for the ears of loud music. On top of that: there have been court cases in the US where 'victims of loud music' demanded millions from Apple. Since then Apple has the same volume restrictions worldwide [except in countries that demand further measures, maybe the UK?] I have bought iPods in the US, Hongkong and the Netherlands [my native country]. No difference in volume whatsoever. I also bought Cowon/iAudio D2 players in the NL [EU]: deafening volumes!

Posted on 8 Apr 2011 23:01:06 BDT
Clive says:
Enable hidden folders.
In Windows Explorer,go to "Tools", "Folder Options". Then click on the tab called "View", and under "Hidden Files and Folders", click "Show Hidden Files and Folders".
Navigate ("My Computer" to double-click on the icon of your attached iPod) to the hidden folder named "iPod_Control", and once there click on the folder "Device". Once there, copy the file named "_volumelocked" to a folder on your hard drive then delete it from the iPod.
Eject your iPod. Then, restart your iPod. You can do this by holding down the center and menu button for at least 6 seconds. If using an iPod Nano, hold down the center button and menu button simultaneously for about 10 seconds.
Once your iPod has rebooted, check and make sure that it worked. Simply go into "Settings", "Volume Limit". If it asks for a PIN, you did it WRONG. Retry the above procedure.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2011 21:12:52 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Sep 2011 21:14:41 BDT
Lee Thomas says:
Thanks for the info Clive, however...

I got to the bit where you said 'copy the file named "_volumelocked" to a folder on your hard drive' but there was no file with this name present in my ipods hidden folders (strange!). Does this mean my Ipod is unrestricted when it comes to the volume.

It's still not as loud as my Iphone's ipod even when i turn volume limit up to max, but seems loud enough.

Posted on 27 Sep 2011 16:48:10 BDT
Mike Mac says:
Please don't think I'm being 'funny', but if you find the max volume inadequate - regardless of comparisons with previous versions - then perhaps you should have a hearing test. There's a lot of info out there about an entire generation who may develop premature hearing problems simply because of the walkman/ipod phenomenon. The sound waves from in-ear phones in particular converge in the inner ear at a point which can permanently disrupt the 'vestibule' area. You're better with noise- cancelling external 'cans'. If you must use 'buds', the general rule is that if anyone else can hear your music you've got the volume too loud and are risking permanent damage to your hearing. Just a thought...
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