updated 05:10 pm EDT, Wed August 1, 2007
iPod noise pollution
The iPhone's included earbuds aren't the best at isolating sound and shielding nearby ears -- a fact that's drawing complaints from those in the vicinity of owners listening at high volume. An AP article explores the stories of those who have been annoyed, flustered or downright exasperated by loud iPods. "Amped to its highest volume, the iPod is not nearly as invasive as the classic loud cell phone conversation. But it can have its moments. Like when you're standing in an elevator at 9 a.m. and a co-worker cranks up Amy Winehouse's 'Rehab.' (Too early for that song.) Or when an ear-budded subway rider belts what sounds like a Whitney Houston tune with careless abandon, causing other riders to inch away or flee into another car altogether. (True story.)" The article offers a number of remedies for those seeking refuge from the noise, including speaking up to the offending listener, or getting an iPod of their own.