Court Rules iPods Don’t Deafen


Apple has won an appeal to an earlier ruling in its favour against the claim that the its iPod hardware was responsible for hearing loss among those who listen to the device at high volumes.

According to TechRadar, the case was levelled by two claimants who asserted that the iPod line range is “defective,” in that it allows user to listen to their various media at volumes in excess of those determined to be safe for sustained listening. David Thompson, the judge involved in the case issued a statement, in which he pointed out that,

“The plaintiffs do not allege that the iPods failed to do anything they were designed to do nor do they allege that they, or any others, have suffered or are substantially certain to suffer inevitable hearing loss or other injury from iPod use.”

It’s an argument we’re sure to see appear more and more, especially with the knowledge that the EU Commission is still considering placing limitations on the maximum output volume of media players like Apple’s iPod. Of course, that kind of an effort is fraught with difficulties.

There might be some simple reason that this isn’t a concern, but it seems as though the most obvious reason that there’d be issues with enforcing a default maximum volume is that the amount of volume users experience will be dependent, in large part, on the kind of headphones they’ve got and how the two pieces of hardware interact. There are plenty of nice headphones that give lower volume than the default sets that come with players like Apple’s iPods.


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