How to Set Music App Preferences on Your iPad - dummies

How to Set Music App Preferences on Your iPad

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

Your iPad’s Music app lets you use your device as a music player. There are a few options available to you. You can change a few preference settings to customize your iPad-as-an-iPod experience.

Play all songs at the same volume level

The iTunes Sound Check option automatically adjusts the level of songs so that they play at the same volume relative to each other. That way, one song never blasts out your ears even if the recording level is much louder than that of the song before or after it. To tell the iPad to use these volume settings, you first have to turn on the feature in iTunes on your computer. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Choose iTunes→Preferences (Mac) or Edit→Preferences (PC).

  2. Click the Playback tab.

  3. Select the Sound Check check box to enable it.

    Now, to tell the iPad to use the Sound Check settings from iTunes: On the iPad’s Home screen, tap Settings→Music→Sound Check.

Choose an equalizer setting

An equalizer increases or decreases the relative levels of specific frequencies to enhance the sound you hear. Some equalizer settings emphasize the bass (low end) notes in a song; other equalizer settings make the higher frequencies more apparent. The iPad has more than a dozen equalizer presets, with names such as Acoustic, Bass Booster, Bass Reducer, Dance, Electronic, Pop, and Rock. Each one is ostensibly tailored to a specific type of music.

The way to find out whether you prefer using equalization is to listen to music while trying out different settings. To do that, first start listening to a song you like. Then, while the song is playing, follow these steps:

  1. On the Home screen, tap Settings→Music→EQ.

  2. Tap different EQ presets (Pop, Rock, R&B, or Dance, for example), and listen carefully to the way they change how the song sounds.

  3. When you find an equalizer preset that you think sounds good, press the Home button and you’re finished.

    If you don’t like any of the presets, tap Off at the top of the EQ list to turn off the equalizer.

According to Apple’s iPad battery information page, applying an equalizer setting to song playback on your iPad can decrease battery life. So you need to decide which is more important to you: using equalization or maximizing battery life.

Set a volume limit for music (and videos)

You can instruct your iPad to limit the loudest listening level for audio or video. To do so, here’s the drill:

  1. On the Home screen, tap Settings→Music→Volume Limit.

  2. Drag the slider to adjust the maximum volume level to your liking.

The Volume Limit setting limits the volume of only music and videos. It doesn’t apply to podcasts or audiobooks. And, although the setting works with any headset, headphones, or speakers plugged into the headset jack on your iPad, it doesn’t affect sound played on your iPad’s internal speaker.