Volume too quiet using AirPods with Nano

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  1. Bakerwrites macrumors newbie

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    I have just tried my brand new AirPods (love them by the way), with my iPod Nano (7th Gen), and while they pair up just fine, the volume is too quiet to be listenable anywhere but a totally silent room.

    What are the chances that we will get a software update on the Nano to resolve this issue, or are us iPod users just too niche to worry about anymore?
     
  2. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    I bought a used nano to use with my Airpods, as this would be the perfect running setup for me. Sadly, like you, I've discovered that I can't hear the music. I'd love an update to the nano, but I fear we're just out of luck.
     
  3. Bakerwrites thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This has been fixed with the latest AirPods firmware update, which is a fantastic surprise.
     
  4. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    Has it?! Oh man, I can't wait to get home to run now! Thanks!
     
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  6. Macman123456 macrumors newbie

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    Sorry but still experiencing a very quiet nano on full volume with the latest Airpods firmware.
     
  7. Shadow%20Mac macrumors demi-god

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    I can confirm that AirPods running 1.5.1 firmware will work with the 7th generation nano. However, to find out what firmware my AirPods were running, as well as update them, I used an iOS device. Not sure if/how this can be accomplished with an iPod nano.
     
  8. Macman123456 macrumors newbie

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    Actually it's 3.5.1 but when I tried it a couple days ago the volume was really low on full volume from the nano. Today it works fine and the software version is the same. Happy now! Ultimate lightweight jukebox for working out.
     
  9. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    It definitely has not fixed the issue for me. My nano is on 1.0.4 (I just restored it this morning) and the Airpods are on 3.5.1. I've unpaired and repaired. Everything. ):
     
  10. Macman123456 macrumors newbie

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    OK I'm back again. Volume is back to being low again. Seems intermittent. BTW when it's loud it's not as loud as the Airpods sound when using my iPhone. It appears we still need some tweaking of the software on either the nano or Airpods or maybe both. Really wish this would work.
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    Read on another post to try another Bluetooth device so tried my cheapo Android tablet and they are super loud and sound great. Com'on Apple let's fix this issue I'm guessing with the nano.
     
  11. darensanborn macrumors newbie

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    I'm seeing the same thing as well. Airpods are on latest firmware, Nano has all updates, volume still really quiet. It's barely useable outside.

    Anyone have any thoughts?
     
  12. zaaach48 macrumors regular

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    Perhaps the old bluetooth version on the Nano doesn't support newer Bluetooth devices well?
     
  13. sunapple macrumors 65816

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    Apple.com lists the 6th gen iPod touch as the only iPod compatible with AirPods (and BeatsX too).

    Apple TV 4 and iPhone 5 are the oldest compatible devices from their categories. It's probably the W1-chip which needs iOS 10 (iPod touch 5G / iPhone 4s run iOS 9)?

    Anyway, the AirPods could have worked with the Nano as a simple bluetooth headset like on Android as it would seem to me. Maybe the bluetooth hardware from the Nano is limited, don't have much experience with it. Interesting that the thread starter said his worked again...
     
  14. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    When I first got the Airpods, I chatted with an Apple rep and they said that they would work with the nano in the same way any other Bluetooth set would. I'd lose the functionality that the W1 chip provides, but it would work. And while that is technically true, it doesn't help much.
     
  15. JonnyRotten macrumors newbie

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    Same here.
    They "work" but as we've all stated, the volume when using the AirPods is pretty low.
    Funny thing is, if you plug the wired Apple earphones into the iPod, it's super loud so why can't it be the same when using the AirPods?
     
  16. Happy Days macrumors newbie

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    I found the solution. Turn bluetooth off and back on again. No idea why it works, but it does.
     
  17. bakaru macrumors newbie

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    Hi i have the same problem but disbling bluetooth doesnt work for me.
    The solution is turning off the ipod nano till the apple appear and try again pairing the air pods. It Works for me ¡¡¡¡
     
  18. mdwsta4 macrumors 65816

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    Bringing this post back from the dead. I recently purchased a 7th gen nano specifically to use with airpods. Running the latest firmware on airpods (3.7.2), have tried resetting the ipod, cycling bluetooth, and unpairing, but nothing improves the volume. Has anything changed in the past few months or is there another fix I haven't stumbled upon yet? Was really hoping to use this combo to work out.
     
  19. Macman123456 macrumors newbie

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    Well like you I thing the Nano 7 is pretty cool with it's size, capacity and bluetooth connectivity. Unfortunately now that the nano is discontinued any future software updates to it probably aren't going to happen. It's too bad since the problem it's with the Airpods but the Nano. I say this because the Airpods work great with other bluetooth players I've tested. What's weird is I was able to get the Airpods/Nano combo to play loudly a few times but not consistently. There's just some bug that needs to be fixed...
     
  20. SierraNevada macrumors newbie

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    With built-in BT, it's really dumb that we need to be running around like this, but on another forum a user commented on using a separate BT transmitter with his iPod Shuffle, which seems to work. It's cheap enough, and relatively small so I might give it a try. Unfortunately in size it's like carrying two Nanos at the same time, but it might be the only viable option for use with AirPods. This is an Amazon link: https://tinyurl.com/y8qxz4up

    Frustratingly, I also have a new pair of Beats Solo Wireless headphones and they work just fine with the Nano...of course they have a built-in amplifier and volume control, which seems to be the difference. But I was really hoping to cut the cord and have a bare minimum setup with the Nano and Airpods.
    Apple giveth, and Apple taketh away...we're at their mercy, unfortunately!
     

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