iPod update limits iPod volume setting

Apple on Wednesday announced the release of a new software update for fifth-generation iPods and iPod nanos that lets users set the maximum volume limit. The new update is entitled iPod Software 1.1.1.

Critics have complained that listening to iPod music at higher volumes could potentially damage the user's hearing over the long term. Former The Who guitarist Pete Townsend posted a warning on his Web site, explaining that years of listening to high volume audio on headphones caused his hearing loss. Earlier this year Apple was sued by lawyers claiming that the iPod’s design is “inherently defective” and can contribute to hearing loss.

“With the increased attention in this area, we want to offer customers an easy to use option to set their own personal volume limit,” said Apple vice president of Worldwide iPod Product Marketing Greg Joswiak.

The software update enables parents of children with iPods to set a maximum volume limit, then lock it with a combination code.

The update works with any headphone or accessory plugged into the iPod headphone jack, as well as Apple’s own iPod radio remote.

The iPod download Web page and Apple’s Support Downloads Web page did not have links to the new update as Playlist posted this article.

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