Okay, let me ask first that if you don't have a problem with volume, specifically on BBC iPlayer Radio, then there's no need to post a reply on here. I don't need to hear loads of 'nope, don't have a problem' and 'haven't noticed a problem' replies cluttering up this thread. This is only for those that DO have a problem. I fully accept that I might be the only person who has this problem, hence, I won't get any replies at all...so be it!...smiles
A couple more given, before I start. Yes, I have switched on the volume boost for hearing impaired users in the Accessibility options. Yes I am visually impaired, and also hearing impaired, a combination that is quite common among visually impaired people, hence I am posting this issue on Applevis.
I have noticed on some programmes that I enjoy via the BBC iPlayer Radio app, have significantly dropped in volume in recent months. If you have good hearing, then you are unlikely to have noticed this problem. When you are hearing impaired, then every little bit of volume is vital, especially on modern day electronic devices. I first noticed a significant drop in volume with the 'Just A Minute' programme at the beginning of this year. Then, about 2 or so months ago, I noticed the same issue with the omnibus edition of The Archers (I haven't tested the individual episodes as yet). Then, about a month ago, 'I'm Sorry, I Haven't A Clue' also reduced. To a lesser extent, I've also noticed reduced volume with programmes like 'Johnnie Walker's Sounds Of The Seventies', and 'Pick Of The Pops'. I have not noticed, although I can't be certain, a problem with 5 Live programmes broadcasting live, such as '5 Live Daily' and 'Question Time Extra Time'.
Some more 'givens'...I have recently had my hearing checked, and it hasn't changed since my last test in 2011. My wife, who has perfect hearing, has also noticed a change. I have reported this to the BBC, who did phone me back and said they couldn't locate a problem, but upon hearing that my wife had noticed this, went away again saying they would investigate and come back again...that was about three weeks ago.
I do have a couple of theories, and it could be an and/or situation. My first theory is that it could be a hardware change at the BBC, or some internal policy regarding sound levels that various departments are adopting, bit by bit. My other theory is that theramoue has been a recent file format change at the BBC...they have abandoned WMA files, in favour of AAC, in order to cut down their costs of storage and bandwidth, and there very well could be a change to the file's properties, either during creation or conversion, that alters the file's own volume settings.
One other thing. Yes, I know all about Bluetooth, and all about loop systems. I also own a pretty good headphone amplifier. These workarounds all have their major downsides. Bluetooth and Loop solutions do not maintain the external microphone while those options are in use...in other words, if you select the Bluetooth or Loop setting, you ain't gonna hear anyone else sitting with you...only what you're listening to, which means casual conversation goes out the window, without a lot of continually messing around with presets...it just doesn't work. The headphone amp is a great idea, but it compromises the whole point of a smartphone...portability, lightness, thinness.
Anyway, if anyone else has noticed this volume drop, I'd very much like to hear about it on here.