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    Default Pete Townshend Warns IPod Users

    (predicting this will be similar to class-action tobacco lawsuits, and will gut Apple)


    Pete Townshend Warns IPod Users
    Jan 04 7:45 AM US/Eastern

    Guitarist Pete Townshend has warned iPod users that they could end up with hearing problems as bad as his own if they don't turn down the volume of the music they are listening to on earphones.

    Townshend, 60, guitarist in the 60s band The Who, said his hearing was irreversibly damaged by years of using studio headphones and that he now is forced to take 36-hour breaks between recording sessions to allow his ears to recover.

    "I have unwittingly helped to invent and refine a type of music that makes its principal components deaf," he said on his Web site. "Hearing loss is a terrible thing because it cannot be repaired. If you use an iPod or anything like it, or your child uses one, you MAY be OK ... But my intuition tells me there is terrible trouble ahead."

    Referring to the increasingly popular practice of downloading music from the Internet, Townshend said: "The downside may be that on our computers _ for privacy, for respect to family and co-workers, and for convenience _ we use earphones at almost every stage of interaction with sound."

    The Who rock group was famous for its earsplitting live performances, but Townshend said his problem was caused by using earphones in the recording studio.


    Excerpt More Here: http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/01/04/D8ETS6S00.html

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    "using stereo headphones"?...

    i'm sure standing infront of a stack of hiwatts for years had nothing to do with it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by elvhfan
    "using stereo headphones"?...

    i'm sure standing infront of a stack of hiwatts for years had nothing to do with it...
    As much as I love Pete, that was a pretty damned stupid thing to say.
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    could it have been the Bomb Keith Moon set off in his drum kit? No, it must have been his Ipod.

    Go away, Pete. I lost all respect for you and Daltrey when Entwhistle died, and you callous bastards gigged the very next night.
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    All good points.
    Plus, they capped the level of the iPod volume pretty low, likely
    outta liability concerns. I'm sure Pete's cans in the studio HAD to be
    considerably louder, and he tells it like he was pretty careless.

    On the other hand, "What?"

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    What? Huh?
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    Apple sued over hearing loss in iPod buyers
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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An owner of Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod music player filed a federal lawsuit against the computer maker, claiming the device causes hearing loss in people who use it.

    The portable music players are "inherently defective in design and are not sufficiently adorned with adequate warnings regarding the likelihood of hearing loss," according to the complaint, which seeks class action status. The suit, filed on behalf of John Kiel Patterson of Louisiana on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., seeks compensation for unspecified plaintiffs' damages and upgrades that will make iPods safer.

    Apple has sold more than 42 million of the devices since they went on sale in 2001, including 14 million in the fourth quarter last year. The devices can produce sounds of more than 115 decibels, a volume that can damage the hearing of a person exposed to the sound for more than 28 seconds per day, the complaint states.

    Although the iPod is more popular than other types of portable music players, its ability to cause noise-induced hearing isn't any higher, experts said.

    "We have numerous products in the marketplace that have the potential to damage hearing," said Deanna Meinke, a professor of audiology at the University of Northern Colorado. "The risk is there but the risk lies with the user and where they set the volume."

    Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet declined to comment.


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    Guess he missed out on the tobacco lawsuits...

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    stupidest thing I have ever heard, I have been listening to way too loud music in headphones from stereos and portable CD players for YEARS... why is this something new to IPOD. because someone saw a lawsuit?
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    Oh boy, now I've heard everything!!!

    I've gone to so many deafening concerts, cranked up so much in the car, under headphones, and I hear just fine after the 20 plus years that I've done this. I mean, some music just has to be cranked to be heard properly.

    These guys are idiots.
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    I thought the warning from Pete was going to be not to download kiddie p0rn to your iPod video for "research purposes" or you could run into legal problems...
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    WHAT?
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    Is Townsend now a Rep. for AOL safety equipment?
    Just go for it!

 

 

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