Monday, December 24, 2007

"Apple to launch iPod with automatic volume control"


Amid concerns of hearing damage for iPod owners, technological giant Apple is set to introduce a line of the popular music-playing devices that will automatically decrease their volume, the London Daily Mail reported Sunday.

A new patent reveals that the next iPods and iPhones will be able to automatically calculate how long a person has been listening and at what volume before turning down the sound level, the Mail reported.

The device will also be capable of calculating the amount of "quiet time" between when the iPod is turned off and when it is restarted, making it possible for volume to be increased again.

Currently, iPods are capable of playing music at over 100 decibels when anything over 70 decibels is considered unsafe, the Mail reported.

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