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Apple releases iPod update with maximum volume limit

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2006
News Categories: iPod

In response to recent concerns of potential hearing loss, Apple has announced an iPod software update that provides the ability to set a personal maximum volume limit on the fifth-generation iPod and iPod nano. The version 1.1.1 update also gives parents the ability to set a volume limit on their child’s iPod and lock it with a combination code. Update: An iLounge tutorial on the new feature is now available online.

Much attention has been paid recently to possible hearing problems caused by iPods. A Northwestern University professor and audiologist said in December that the type of earbud headphones that come with iPods can cause serious hearing loss. Apple was even sued by an iPod owner earlier this year who claims that the device causes hearing loss and Apple does not properly warn users of this danger. Apple has now set up a Sound and Hearing page on its site explaining audio volume and how to “listen responsibly.”

“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.”

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Alas, holding the MENU button doesn’t activate the backlight any longer. Instead, it returns the user to the Main Menu whatever point you’re at. What the????? Personally, I find the former of much better use. It helped conserve my iPod battery. Anyone know what bugs that this updater version has fixed? It doesn’t say on the Apple Web site - why am I not surprised…

Posted by Des Loh on April 3, 2006 at 7:04 PM (PDT)

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i forgot my volume lock code so i want a solution for it please hellllllllpp me!!! i cant hear a thing with my ipod!

Posted by Miso on September 12, 2007 at 8:32 AM (PDT)

63

I accidentally updated the FW on iPod Shuffle and all I noticed that the device does not get unmounted anymore on Fedora Core 8 running on AMD x86_64. On an older Fedora Core 6 (i386) it does get unmounted, but only after closing a popup “Cannot unmount volume”, in detail: “Cannot remove directory”.

I would very much like to know what Apple did to my iPod. Is there a way to return to the previous version?

I am not willing to use Windows for maintaing my songs on this iPod. With Windows 2000 it was even impossible to connect to the iPod. Once all my songs were deleted. I have seen Linux much more user friendly in this regard.

Posted by Shufflist on March 16, 2008 at 3:59 AM (PDT)

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