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EU IS CONSIDERING VOLUME LIMITATIONS ON MP3 PLAYERS

The European Commission is going [to] publish plans this week that will propose to limit the volume output on MP3 players and cell phones that are capable of playing music. The idea is that the current MP3 players and cell phones are able to play music at decibels that can do serious damage to a listener’s ear.

“Campaigners say a safe listening level is below 85 decibels for 40 hours use a week, but some MP3 players play music at up to 120 decibels. Apparently Brussels wants the maximum decibel level to be reduced from 100 to 80 decibels, with all future music players built to the new standard.”

How prescient this song is that Groucho Marx sang 76 years ago in the movie Duck Soup:

4:13 pm on September 28, 2009