How to Make Your MP3 Songs Louder

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Speaker volume may not be the problem with song loudness.

Certain MP3 files sometimes do not play at a high enough volume for the listener to enjoy. A few options will allow you to play your MP3 songs at a louder volume.

Adjusting MP3 Volume with Audacity

Step 1

Download Audacity (see link in Resources).

Step 2

Open Audacity. Use the menu "File" > "Open" and select the desired file that you want to adjust.

Step 3

Select "Effect" > "Amplify."

Step 4

Adjust the decibel level to the desired level. Use the "Preview" option to test the new volume.

Step 5

Save the file.

Adjusting MP3 Volume with iTunes

Step 1

Download Apple iTunes (see link in Resources).

Step 2

Select the song in iTunes that you want to adjust. If the song is not yet in iTunes, drag and drop the file into the "Library" or a playlist.

Step 3

Adjust the "Volume Adjustment" slider as needed, and select "OK."


As with any audio editing program, it is possible for the audio to peak and become distorted when you amplify it. To avoid peaking in Audacity, do not select (or unselect) the option to "allow clipping". However, this might limit the amplification of the rest of the audio.

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