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February 03, 2006

iPod - can you hear me?

It had to happen! It might cost an arm and a leg to replace the battery when it wears out, but you might not need to anyway... Report from ABC news today:

iPod user sues for hearing damage

A music-lover claiming to suffer from 'iPod ear' has filed suit in a US court against Apple Computer, charging that the market-leading MP3 music player damages users' hearing.

John Patterson of Louisiana filed a federal lawsuit against Apple in the Silicon Valley city of San Jose on behalf of all iPod users and demanded a civil trial, according to court documents online.

IPods have a maximum possible volume of 115 decibels, and listening at that level for just 28 seconds daily can cause hearing damage, the lawsuit charged.

The noise from a typical chain saw is reported to register 110 decibels and a jack hammer about 120 decibels.

Apple iPods are "inherently defective in design" and do not bear adequate warnings about possible hearing damage, the suit charged.

IPod packaging bears a warning about potential hearing loss if music is listened to at high volume.

However, the "ear bud" earphones sold with the iPods do not properly disperse the sound, according to the suit.

The Cupertino, California company has declined to comment, citing a policy of not discussing pending litigation.

Apple was forced to pull iPods from stores in France and upgrade them with software limiting sound output to 100 decibels, something it has not done in the United States, the lawsuit contended.


Posted by gary at February 3, 2006 03:27 PM


Perhaps ipod users (such as myself) just shouldn't turn their ipods up too loud...

Posted by: Megan at February 3, 2006 06:09 PM

Turn it up! Using common sense? What's the fun in that? And what law suit would that generate?

Posted by: gary at February 3, 2006 10:54 PM

Oh yeah, my bad. People woudl rather be idiots and sue later for damages they caused themselves. How silly of me!

Posted by: Megan at February 4, 2006 07:33 PM

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