European Commission suggests maximum MP3 volume levels

The European Commission has suggested that maximum volume levels on MP3 players as well as portable media players be set so that users’ hearing can be protected. This would mean even the iPod will have to fall under the same volume limits ruling if approved, which is a good thing anyways – after all, reports have shown that up to 10 million people in the EU are facing permanent hearing loss from listening to loud music for prolonged periods. The EU wants to settle for a default maximum setting of 85 decibels, where users can override this setting and touch 100 decibels if they so desire. What would you do if the same ruling were to apply Stateside?

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