- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Perhaps contemplating a potential tsunami of class action suits, though also certainly from common sense, Apple Computer today said users can set a maximum volume for their iPods and those of their kids, according to a news release:

Apple today announced a software update for the iPod nano and fifth generation iPod, allowing customers to easily set their own personal maximum volume limit. The software update also gives parents the ability to set a maximum volume limit on their child’s iPod and lock it with a combination code.

… The new software update 1.1.1 is available immediately as a free download for the iPod nano and the fifth generation iPod from www.apple.com/ipod/download.

(Source: Apple Computer news release.)

It’s good that Apple is addressing this head on, and parents will probably be happy, too. So, also, might be actress and mom-to-be Katie Holmes, who, The Sun of London reports, got a special iPod from Tom Cruise to help her stay silent — and, no, I’m not making this up - during childbirth.

All this, I guess, gives new meaning to that old Sunday School verse, “Be careful, little ears, what you hear …”

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