Apple has introduced volume controls on iPods following concerns about the link between music players and damage to hearing, releasing a free download update allowing users to set a personal maximum volume limit.
Apple is already facing a US legal action over the issue of iPods damaging hearing, while health experts have called for studies into the effect on hearing of earphones. Greg Joswiak, Apple’s iPod marketing vice president, said the company was responding to "increased attention in this area".
The update is available for the iPod Nano and fifth generation iPods. It also lets parents set a maximum volume limit on a child’s iPod and lock it with a combination code. You can find the download at www.apple.com/itunes/