I shouldn’t be surprised about this, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be annoyed, and I am.
Let’s forget for a moment that this lawsuit is completely stupid and baseless, which it certainly should be to anybody who takes 30 seconds to think about it. I mean for Christ’s sake, Apple tells you not to turn the things up too loud or keep listening to them if your ears start ringing right in the books that come with them, which should, in a perfect world, be enough for this suit to be tossed out before it makes it out the door of the lawyer’s office. But since we don’t live in a perfect world, there’s a chance, albeit a small one, that this goof might actually win and maybe even get some money out of it.
But that’s not even my biggest problem. What I really want to know is what ever happened to personal responsibility and good old common sense? And where do logic and reasoning come into play here? Seriously, think about it for a second. Maybe you use an iPod or something similar. Lots of people do, and every one of those people has to use some sort of headset. I’d like to think that most if not all of you would then be well aware of what happens when you turn up the volume on something. But obviously not everyone is, so here’s a tip for you if you are in fact smart enough to read. If not, get a big person to help you out here. When the volume goes up, the sound gets louder. And when the sound gets louder, you can hear it better. But sometimes the sound can get too loud, and you can hear it too well. And you’re not gonna believe this, but when you cram a fucking speaker into your head, it doesn’t take much for that to happen. that means that if you like to hear things, it’s your job to make sure that this doesn’t happen and that you try to keep things to a *reasonable* level, even if you really like the song. And if all of this is too much for you, that’s not Apple’s fault.
By the way, if I can hear what you’re listening to and sing along from 27 feet away from you over a crowd of people, it’s probably a pretty safe bet that we’re far past reasonable levels and it might be time to cut things down a little.
I guess what I’m trying to say here is that what you do to your own body of your own free will doesn’t suddenly become somebody else’s monitary responsibility when things don’t turn out the way you want them to. Well that and do we really need to keep explaining the same fundamental concepts every time we change the look of something? Hearing loss has happened the same way from the caveman to the Walkman and now to the iPod. The only thing that’s changed is the means. Why do we need warning labels and lawsuits to help us figure that out?