Apple pumps down the volume

Apple’s ears are still ringing from all the tirades about how its iPods are destroying our hearing, so in a bid to get some peace it’s introduced some

Apple’s ears are still ringing from all the tirades about how its iPods are destroying our hearing, so in a bid to get some peace it’s introduced some new volume control firmware for iPods.

The update, for iPod Nanos and fifth generation iPods, has really been designed for the over-protective parent, who can ruin their offspring’s death metal habit by setting a maximum limit and locking it with a combination code.

It’s also no doubt a response to litigious types in the US, one of whom bought an iPod in California, cranked it up to 11 and is now suing the company for the long-term danger it poses to his eardrums.

You can download the software now from here, and it’ll work with any headphone accessory too. Apple’s also hastily added a guide on how not to damage your hearing – including the slightly sarcastic headline ‘think about the volume’ – on its site here.

Away from the aural arena, Apple’s also keen to frazzle our eyes with an update to its 30in cinema display. The brightness has been increased, and the contrast ratio has been boosted to 700:1, presumably to bring it up to date with other offerings from companies like Dell. It still costs £1800 from Apple’s UK store.

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