If your volume knob breaks, you would have the screen adjust option. And some people (not me) use the screen adjust because they can see what is happening with the volume. Bottom line, if you worry about loudness, don't turn it up too loud. Turn on the player and plug in before inserting/putting on your monitors, so you will hear if they are too loud when putting them in/on. Get in the habit of turning them down when you finish listening. Everyone here who drives knows to check the car before and after driving. It becomes second nature. Listening to music can be the same thing. Get in the habit and then you are fine. The playlist not transferring that got broken a few updates ago I agree should be fixed. Not being able to add the same song twice is a user error issue that AK should ignore, because, well, it's user error.