How to Increase or Decrease a Songs Volume in iTunes
If you come across a song playing in iTunes that is not playing at an appropriate level, perhaps it’s playing back way too loud, or maybe it’s far too quiet and it doesn’t play loud enough for your preference, you can individually increase the volume level of any specific song in your iTunes Library. Likewise, if a song plays too loud, you can lower the volume using the same controls, which are presented as an easy to use slider.
This song-based volume adjustment ability works in all versions of iTunes on Mac and Windows, and the song volume adjustments is handled through iTunes settings on a per-song basis. This is a really easy setting adjustment to make, here’s what you’ll want to do:
How to Change a Songs Volume Output Level in iTunes
This changes a specific songs volume output level in itunes, you can make a song more quiet or louder using this volume slider. This is not the same as adjusting the general iTunes volume level.
- Open iTunes and navigate to the song you want to adjust the audio level for
- Right click on the song name and select “Get Info”
- Click on the ‘Options’ tab
- Slide the Volume Adjustment slider in the direction you want to change:
- Increase a songs volume by sliding all the way to the right
- Decrease a songs volume by sliding all the way to the left
- Anywhere in between works well for finer adjustments to a songs volume level, 0% is the default playback volume for a song
Here’s an example of changing the audio of a song to play a bit softer:
If you set it to 100%, the song will now play at twice the volume level it did before, and so on. If you change it to -50%, it will play half as loud as it used to play.
Going all the way to the right will make that specific song play much louder:
In my experience this does not degrade the quality of the audio whatsoever, though it really depends on bitrate and the overall audio quality of the song file, so but generally speaking it’s a pretty safe choice.
Boosting the song volume like this on a per song basis is a good way to fix the way a single song plays, which often vary tremendously with a variety of volume levels depending on what the source of the audio file was. Another trick that users can also use is to set iTunes to automatically adjust song volume levels, and iTunes will attempt to play all music files at the same volume level, functioning as a volume equalizer of sorts.
This tricks works in Mac OS X and Windows in all versions of iTunes.