Cupertino, CA (April 3, 2006)–Apple has announced a software update for the iPod nano and fifth generation iPod, allowing customers to easily set their own personal maximum volume limit. The software update also gives parents the ability to set a maximum volume limit on their child’s iPod and lock it with a combination code.
A news media debate regarding the potential for hearing loss due to the use of earbuds at high volumes and prolonged listening to portable players such as Apple’s iPod was sparked at the beginning of the year in part by The Who’s Pete Townshend. The guitarist revealed in his online diary that he believes his hearing loss was due to the use of studio headphones, not just years of extreme stage volumes. A recent poll commissioned by the American Speech-Language-Hearing-Association (ASHA) and conducted by Zogby International found that more than half of high school students surveyed reported at least one symptom of hearing loss.
“As the leading provider of digital music players, Apple continuously brings iPod customers innovative and easy to use solutions,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPod Product Marketing. “With the increased attention in this area, we want to offer customers an easy to use option to set their own personal volume limit.”
The new software update 1.1.1 is available immediately as a free download for the iPod nano and the fifth generation iPod from www.apple.com/ipod/download.
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, visit www.apple.com/sound.
Apple Computer, Inc.