How to Make Your MP3 Songs Louder

By Gavi Zeitlin

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Audacity (open source audio editing program) or iTunes

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."

Tips & Warnings

  • 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.