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Our penchant for cranking up the music on our beloved iPods has raised concern from the European Commission, a governmental body worried about how much we love loud music and...
12-14-2009, 06:19 AM #1
iPod Volume Limits Proposed Once Again
Our penchant for cranking up the music on our beloved iPods has raised concern from the European Commission, a governmental body worried about how much we love loud music and how it could ultimately damage the health of our hearing.
According to a report this morning from MacWorld, the European Commission is calling for iPod listening limits to be established in order to ensure a safe level of listening that ideally will place maximum volume beneath 85 decibels.
According to BBC One's Politics Show, the commission want the default maximum setting to be set at 85 decibels. Users would still be able to override these settings to reach a top limit of 100 decibels the report said.
The commission will begin a two-month consultation of all EU standardization bodies in January 2010, concerning the proposals, with a final agreement expected in the spring.
"There are up to 10 million Europeans, mainly young people, who are at risk of losing their hearing permanently in the next five years due to their personal listening habits," warned Stephen Russell of the European consumer lobby ANEC.
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12-14-2009, 07:28 AM #2
I thought the iPod controls already had a volume limit? I know it's not defaulted to that but one can limit it in the settings.
12-14-2009, 07:28 AM #3
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12-14-2009, 08:16 AM #4
they should just make it a default value that can be changed. Im tired of the government telling us how to live our lives, its their job to protect us, not to control us. Plus this will affect people who use their ipods for external speakers etc.
I mean whats next are they gonna suddenly tax ipods because theyre dangerous. this is just like the fat tax in the USA, absolute ******** if you ask me. If i wanna drink a soda, that's my choice. i dont see why the government can tax it just because its mildly unhealth. Plus where does that money go ? you tell me.
But im ranting..
12-14-2009, 08:59 AM #5
12-14-2009, 09:05 AM #6
If you can afford Bose Noise-Canceler Headphones, then you don't have to have the loud volume to overcome the ambient noise. One of the best audio investments I've made.
12-14-2009, 09:34 AM #7
12-14-2009, 11:24 AM #8
I wish I could make my Motorola S9 bluetooth headphones a little louder . Since they dont fit as snug as normal headphones , you need to have the volume all the way up and sometimes it still not enough.
12-14-2009, 02:06 PM #9
12-14-2009, 02:24 PM #10
as long as you can override the dB level to your desired limit, then it doesnt make much of a difference to me. gives us options.killall Terminal
12-14-2009, 06:31 PM #11
12-14-2009, 07:20 PM #12
Ummmm...i may be totally off base here but I once found a VolumeControlLimit.plist when in ssh (may not be the perfect name) so if they did do this couldn't all jailbroken users just edit it and blast away? I remember when I sshed in it said something like "nolimit" so I'm guessing that's what they would change.....The Next Generation of Phreaks.
12-14-2009, 07:58 PM #13
12-14-2009, 11:22 PM #14
I won't take any responsibility for this. I know that someone will sue Apple because they were listening to their music too loud and loss their hearing.Asking for help is different from being stupid. Fanboys can rot in @#$%!
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12-15-2009, 06:51 AM #15
And I was hoping they would make the next iphone the ability to go even higher
12-15-2009, 11:11 AM #16
Will somebody feed me? I'm hungry. Oh, and I think I soiled my pajamas so, if you could take care of that too it would be greatly appreciatedThis is getting a lil' ridiculous...
12-17-2009, 02:42 AM #17
85 dB? 100dB?--with what headphones?? and how will the system know?
I suspect this is a government agency proving that it is worth supporting because they make recommendations! not that the recommendations ever get actioned because they are basically impossible.