What? Apple Patent Tries to Protect Your Hearing

What? Apple Patent Tries to Protect Your Hearing


What did you say? I can’t hear you! I must be one of those idiots that cranks up the volume a little too high when listening to my music. Maybe I should try listening to Steve Jobs, because Apple has filed a patent wherein the iPod volume is automatically lowered after a certain amount of time.

While the “safe range of digital music listening should be below 70 decibels”, the Apple iPod range is perfectly capable of blasting out everything from Marilyn Manson to Bette Midler at up to 100 decibels. This is the same audible level as a chainsaw at work (and Marilyn Manson would be pretty close to a chainsaw at work). The new Apple patent calls for a feature that would “automate the lowering of volume as one goes on listening.”

I, for one, do not agree with the institution of this feature and I sincerely hope that hackers manage to crack it if Apple ever puts it in an iPod. If I want to go deaf listening to Slipknot and Soulja Boy, that’s my prerogative.