Setting limits.

While it is nice that Apple of providing new features for the iPod, I’m amazed that they found it necessary to add a volume limit setting.

From what I can see this addresses two markets; parents who want to control everything their kids do, and people who lack the common sense to turn down the volume.

This is of course a response to a class action lawsuit brought by somebody who clearly doesn’t get the concept of personal responsibility. If the music on your iPod is too loud, just how much intelligence does it take to turn the volume down? No, it’s far better to blame the company that makes the device.


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  1. I agree with you that people need more common sense; certainly the ones with automatic-litigation-response reflexes do. So I won’t defend their behavior.

    However, on an iPod, I can see why an volume limit setting would be a good idea. I certainly have a very eclectic collection of music. And when the iPod is on shuffle mode, I could easily go from a quiet Debussy piano piece, which I might have to increase the volume on while I’m on the train, to a screaming Nine Inch Nails track, which would have to be turned down. Even if I resort to ripping the headphone buds out of my ear (that hurts, BTW), there’s still a second or two where my eardrums have been punished.

    I do NOT want volume compression (also known as Automatic Volume Leveling) because it tends to ruin the finer points of good music, and because it also takes a half-second or two to kick in. So I thing the Volume Limit is a good idea.

    Or think of it this way. Whether Apple adds that feature or not, the automatic-litigation-responders aren’t going away. And you don’t have to turn it on if you don’t want it. And I don’t see it dramatically affecting the price of an iPod anyway.

    There’s my $1/50,

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