Apple Offers Volume Limits For iPods 
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Wednesday, 29 March 2006

Apple Computer has released a free software update for some iPods that lets listeners set a maximum volume limit. The free update, available for video iPods and all iPod Nano models, also includes a parental lock option. After setting the volume limit, parents can lock the setting with a combination code to prevent children from raising the maximum volume without their knowledge.

The move follows a string of news articles and research reports, including a recent hearing in Washington, warning people not to listen to their MP3 players at excessive volume levels for prolonged periods.

Apple also faces a class-action lawsuit that charges the company of not taking adequate steps to prevent hearing loss among American iPod consumers, despite limiting the output of the devices to 100 decibels in France.

The new software update 1.1.1 is available immediately as a free download for the iPod nano and the fifth generation iPod from The new Volume Limit feature works with any headphone or accessory plugged into the iPod headphone jack as well as the iPod Radio Remote. For further information on safe listening with iPod, please visit .

iPod owners can go to Apple's Web site to get the software update. An Apple ID and password login are required to obtain the download. iPod owners will also be prompted to download the upgrade when they connect to their computers via iTunes.


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