Friday, February 03, 2006
Apple sued for 'faulty' iPods - Man claims it could make him deaf["start bleeding" - too funny ]
By Nick Farrell:
A LOUISIANA man is suing Apple for flogging an iPod which could make him deaf in the future. John Kiel Patterson thinks that his iPod may make him deaf in the future thanks to the fact that he plays it very loud.
According to Patterson’s complaint, Apple makes the iPod so that it can produce sounds of more than 115 decibels, a volume that can damage the hearing of a person exposed to the sound for more than 28 seconds per day. He wants compensation for unspecified damages and upgrades that will make iPods safer. [isn't that cute?]
Apple says that its iPods do ship with a warning that "permanent hearing loss may occur if earphones or headphones are used at high volume". However it was forced to pull the iPod from store shelves in France and upgrade software on the device to limit sound to 100 decibels. [Which only goes to show too many French are ignorant illiterates, I can attest to at least the first adjective :-) ]
Apple didn’t do that in the United States, where people are considered responsible enough to turn the things down before their ears start bleeding.
Fun aside, I could see a problem for kids and teens. Since I don't have an IPod, I have no idea how loud they get. And given that I don't like very loud music whether bottled up in an IPod or not, guess I'm not at risk.