Wednesday, March 29, 2006


Is this really necessary:

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Computer Inc. said on Wednesday it is introducing a software update for the iPod that lets adults and children set maximum volume limits on the popular music player, as concerns grow about the risks of loud music.

The software update, which is available as a free download for the iPod nano and fifth generation iPod, gives users the ability to set volume caps on the iPod and lock it with a combination code, Apple said.

The move came after a class action suit was filed against Apple in a federal court in California in January, which claimed that iPods could cause hearing loss because they have the capacity to produce sounds in excess of 104 decibels and up to 115 decibels.

I'm a law-talking guy, so I love a good plaintiff's claim against a deep pocket, but really, do you need Steve Jobs to help you keep the volume low enough to avoid blowing out your eardrums? We are a nation of victims.

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