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Among the many portable gadgets that the smartphone has killed off -- digital camera, PDA, sat nav -- is the MP3 player. Phones are now very competent jukeboxes with some great apps, but are you putting up with an average-quality listening experience when you don't need to? Here are four ways to change that.

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iOS: Siri, Apple's personal assistant for the iPhone 4S and above, can be a little bit of a chatterbox. Redditor iQuitter notes, however, that Siri has separate volume from the rest of your phone -- so if you want to turn her down, you'll have to do it independently of your ringer volume.

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Android: I've been known to just set my phone to vibrate because I don't want the ringer going off in a silent room, and then I wind up missing a call if the phone is on my desk and I'm watching a movie. RingDimmer for Android is a new app that uses your phone's microphone to automatically detect the noise level where you are, and sets the ringer appropriately so you never miss a call.

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Having your iPhone (or other iDevice) blasting at full volume is not only annoying for others, it can potentially damage your hearing. If you're using an iPhone (or iPod), you can restrict and lock the volume with a simple tweak.

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Android: One of the complaints I hear from people who switch from the BlackBerry to Android is that they miss the ability to customise "profiles" of system sounds they can switch between based on where they are or whether they want to be disturbed. Volume Rocker for Android is a utility that has those profiles and lets you tweak them so they're just right for you.

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Windows only: Freeware application VolumeTouch controls your system volume through your mouse's scroll wheel and customizable keyboard shortcuts. VolumeTouch may appear very similar to previously mentioned Volumouse, and it is, but a few features set it apart in the pros column. Most notably, VolumeTouch adds a great live-preview volume meter that displays your volume level in meter or percentage form as you change it. On the flip side, it's not quite as robust on features as Volumouse, so if you use Volumouse for more than basic system volume control, it may not be for you. Whichever you prefer, both apps are great for adding more control and quicker access to your system volume. VolumeTouch is freeware, Windows only. VolumeTouch