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How To Setup Your iPhone's iPod Settings and What They Mean

written by: CBumeter•edited by: DaniellaNicole•updated: 8/30/2009

The iPhone comes well-equipped with an iPod built into it. There are a variety of settings you can sort through to get the best out of your iPod. I'll explain what each of these mean and how to adjust them.

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    One of the most popular features on the Apple iPhone is the built-in iPod. There are quite a few features for the iPod in the settings section of the iPhone that you may be unfamiliar with. I'll tell you the purpose of each one of these, and how you can adjust them to your liking.

    To get to the settings section, click on the settings button on your iPhone screen. Once you have done that, you will see a tab for the iPod feature. Once you click on that tab, you will be all set to customize the features the way you want them.

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    Music Settings

    There are three different categories to adjust for your iPod. The first category we will cover is the music settings. Keep in mind that all of these settings are in the same iPod settings locations, so you will not need to do any further navigating to get to them.

    The first option in the music settings in the "shake to shuffle" feature. Turning this feature on will allow you to simply shake your iPhone to put it into shuffle mode. This means it will play songs at random. This is nice for those of you who don't like listening to one single genre or artist. Turning it off will simply prevent this feature from being enabled.

    Turning on the "sound check" option will allow the iPhone to automatically check the volumes of your songs. In return, it will bring songs to a level that is more consistent, instead of having songs be too quiet or loud. If you have this option off, then the iPhone will not adjust the volumes of songs at all. The EQ settings lets you choose from a variety of pre-set levels. They include things like bass booster, rock, small speakers and a variety of other equalizers. Since everybody's preference is different, it is best to listen to a song, and adjust the EQ settings accordingly.

    Finally, there is the volume limit. This prevents your iPhone from turning up too loud. This can save you from accidentally blowing your speakers or hurting your ears. If it is off, you will still have the option to turn up the volume.

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    Video Settings

    The video settings on the iPhone are a lot less complicated. You only have two options to choose from "start playing" and "closed captioning."

    The "start playing" feature allows you to pick up a video from where you last left off or from the beginning. The choices are between just those two options. If you don't feel like having to fast forward through a video, then leaving this feature to "where left off" would be best for you.

    The other feature is simply to let you choose if you want closed captioning on or off. Having it on will display the words at the bottom of the screen (for those videos that apply).

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    TV Out Settings

    Two options fall under these settings, "widescreen" and "TV signal."

    The widescreen option will simply display your video in a widescreen format. That typically means there will be black bars at the top and bottom of the screen, and the video will appear wider. Turning it off will keep your video in full screen format.

    The last option is the TV signal option. This could be confusing for those unfamiliar with what they're asking. The NTSC and PAL options are different types of televisions. The NTSC styles normally stem from the United States, while PAL are more for European users. To be sure, check with the instruction manual that accompanied your television.

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    You should now be able to set your iPod up exactly how you want it to be. Feel free to try out different combinations to see what fits your preferences best.