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Mix: Motorola SLVR, The Who, Song pricing, MP3 players

Engadget reports from CES that Motorola’s slim SLVR phone will apparently come with the mobile version of iTunes and be offered by Cingular.

Pete Townshend, famous guitarist in the 60s band The Who, has warned iPod users that they could end up with hearing problems like his if they don’t turn down the volume when listening to music on earphones.

The New York state antitrust probe of record labels’ digital music pricing could delay a move away from iTunes’ 99-cent per song price tag.

MP3 players sales are expected to climb to $4.5 billion in 2006, with 30 percent of all MP3 players sold having video playback capability, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.

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Thanks for the tip Mr. Townshend.  Seen any good pictures on the internet lately?

Posted by Pistol_pete on January 4, 2006 at 12:33 PM (CST)


Isn’t this obvious?  iPods aren’t any more the problem now than Walkmans were in the ‘80s or home stereos with those huge headphones were in the ‘70s.  If you listen to loud music/sound for too long, you’ll go deaf.  That’s been the case since the beginning of time.

Posted by SJR on January 4, 2006 at 1:10 PM (CST)


Pete Townsend apparently claims that all that time spent performing music at high volumes didn’t damage his hearing, but listening through studio headphones did?  I never previously thought of him as being stupid; I hope he was misquoted.

Posted by SJW on January 4, 2006 at 1:27 PM (CST)


SJR: I think the idea goes, unlike a Walkman, an iPod or similar can hold thousands of songs that the owner has chosen and that they like. So an iPod user will typically listen to music for longer periods of time, or at least until the battery runs out.

Posted by Chris on January 4, 2006 at 1:40 PM (CST)


Pistol_pete, that was uncalled for. Townshend is one of the greatest musicsians of his era and his philisophical approach to rock music will be remembered as long as people still look for talent and intelligence in music. He was, by the way, accused but not convicted of possessing the pornography.

A large part of his hearing loss came from a premature detonation of a drum kit prop on the Smothers Brothers show early in his career. That’s why the loss was unique to Pete and not Roger or any of the others.

Posted by Sam on January 4, 2006 at 4:13 PM (CST)


I do not understand why everyone is criticizing Pete Townshend for giving good advice. Did you also laugh at your mother when she told you not to stick knives into toasters?

iPod users should value their ears and never listen to it at loud volumes that could destroy their hearing. Noise canceling and in-ear headphones are two solutions for enjoying your music on safe listening levels.

Posted by Sol on January 4, 2006 at 7:17 PM (CST)


Anyone who admittedly viewed a website with child pornography should not be giving advice about anything.

Posted by Pete on January 4, 2006 at 9:29 PM (CST)


In order to defend one of my great inspirations, I’ll quote Wikipedia:

Townshend claimed he was researching the subject of child abuse for his autobiography - and revealed that he had been sexually abused as a child by a mentally disturbed relation. He referred also to the commonly-known fact that he had written specifically about the topic in Tommy (whose protagonist was also sexually abused by a disturbed relation); indeed, two of the Who’s earlier hit singles, “I’m a Boy” and “Happy Jack,” dealt with child abuse either directly (“I’m a Boy”) or by implication (“Happy Jack”). Townshend also stated that he had notified an anti-abuse group about the website immediately after encountering the site. This claim was confirmed in February 2003 when the anti-abuse group searched its email archive and discovered several emails from Townshend - sent at the time that he had claimed. The group released a statement to this effect. Townshend’s claim was further reinforced by a document he had written and posted on his official website in January 2002 - a full year before the incident became public. The emails and his published warnings about the topic - predated Townshend’s first awareness (in January 2003) that his name might publicly surface as a result of the Operation Ore investigation.

People with your reasoning shouldn’t be dictating permission to give advice, especially on a subject that causes him so much anguish.

Posted by Sam on January 4, 2006 at 10:29 PM (CST)


People with your reasoning shouldn’t be dictating permission to give advice, especially on a subject that causes him so much anguish.

And perhaps Mr. Pistol has his own negative history on the subject as well as to personally justify his own opinions of Townshend’s past actions. Each is entitled to their own opinion, though it would help if there were better justification for the rest of us for the intolerant views expressed above.

As for Pete Townshend’s hearing loss…I thought much of the hearing damage Townshend suffered stemmed from a single overindulged pyrotechnic incident during a performance on The Smothers Brothers Show. Just a wild stab, but perhaps the damage suffered from that initial incident was the impetus for his subsequent use of studio cans at potentially damaging high output levels, which only made the problem worse.

Posted by flatline response on January 5, 2006 at 4:20 AM (CST)

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