Apple releases iPod software update; provides volume limit setting for iPod

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.

“As the leading provider of digital music players, Apple continuously brings iPod customers innovative and easy to use solutions,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPod Product Marketing. “With the increased attention in this area, we want to offer customers an easy to use option to set their own personal volume limit.”

The new software update 1.1.1 is available immediately as a free download for the iPod nano and the fifth generation iPod from The new Volume Limit feature works with any headphone or accessory plugged into the iPod headphone jack as well as the iPod Radio Remote.

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  1. This is a small but good solution to the problem of hearing damage caused and suffered by irresponsible young users. Apple’s motivation was probably to safeguard against more hearing damage lawsuits but the end result is good for all iPod users. The new menu option will get people thinking about their listening habits and it will hopefully inspire some to lower the volume.

    nonarKitten the SoundCheck option is nothing more than a normaliser filter that looks at the maximum level of a track and re-adjusts it to a set level. I do not like it much either because instead of making all tracks uniformly loud, it makes them uniformly low. Something like Volume Logic changes the average level of a track which takes more processing power than the iPod can handle. After all, we are talking about a device that is still not able to cross-fade tracks.

  2. Tell me, what value will having the Menu button on the remote work? You want it to go up in the menu system? Then what? There’s NO click wheel on the remote. And not to mention the idea of viewing a 2.5 inch screen from 10 feet away. You must be superman if you can see that.

    KISS… Keep it simple silly-willies…

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