The short answer is – I hope so, but I do have reservations.
But even if Bob is right (and there are encouraging signs that perhaps the loudness war tide is turning, recently) I’ve still always had a reservation about Sound Check.
It evens out all the levels on albums, too – as well as when you’re listening on shuffle.
This is a huge negative point, for me – Sound Check alters all the internal dynamics within an album – the contrast between quieter and louder tracks.
Or at least, it used to.
Tests made recently by Bob and others suggest that Apple have implemented a fix for this problem and quietly rolled it out, without any fanfare.
Of course I wanted to try this for myself, and I made the video above to demonstrate what I found. I also discuss why I think it’s important, what I think Apple’s next step should be – and why that decision could be a really big deal.