Apple wins appeal over alleged iPod hearing loss

“A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected a class-action lawsuit seeking to hold Apple Inc. responsible for possible hearing loss caused by using its popular iPod music player,” Jonathan Stempel reports for Reuters.

“The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco affirmed a 2008 district court ruling that the plaintiffs failed to show that use of the iPod poses an unreasonable risk of noise-induced hearing loss,” Stempel reports. “It also found that the plaintiffs lacked standing to allege a violation of California’s unfair competition law.”

Stempel reports, “Cupertino, California-based Apple has sold more than 220 million iPods since their 2001 launch. It provides a warning with each iPod that urges users to avoid hearing damage by setting the volume at safe levels.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]


  1. @ HMCIV,

    ” Sorry that may have been in poor taste.”

    No, that would be the lawsuit over the people who licked their fruity iMacs. I’m in that class-action lawsuit. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”tongue rolleye” style=”border:0;” />

  2. I applaud the court’s decision. In these litigious times, people believe others should bear responsibility for the results of their own decision, actions, and behavior. In this case, “IF” a consumer’s hearing were damages by litening to music at high volumes… Why wouldn’t they instead choose to turn the volume down? Are people truly lacking in basic intelligence?

  3. This is just a rehashing of the old Sony Walkman law suits. Believe it or not there are some dishonest lawyers out there who try to revive old failed lawsuits to try to make that big score…why should anyone have to work for their millions? Just like there are dishonest people who play in the financial markets and expect the government to pay for any losses they incur…these people usually carry AIG and/or Goldman Sachs employee ID cards.

    just my $0.02

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