New Brussels law proposes lower maximum volume on mp3 players

It’s official, there’s nothing worse than sharing a bus with a yoof who’s determined to show off their offensively bad taste in music thanks to a rubbish tiny speaker from a mobile phone. The only means of controlling the urge to scream out WILL YOU PLEASE TURN OFF THAT FRICKIN’ RACKET YOU LITTLE SCROT SACK???, has been the comfort that you can drown them out by upping the volume on your headphones.

Well it looks like that day could soon be over, if a new proposal from bosses at the European Commission in Brussel is granted. Under the new proposal, MP3 players (inc. mobile phones) will have a maximum volume limit of 80db - 50db lower than the current settings.

"It's easy to push up the sound levels on your MP3 player to damagingly loud levels, especially on busy streets or public transport," said Meglena Kuneva (EU Consumer Affairs Commissioner) in an interview with The Telegraph, "and the evidence is that particularly young people - who are listening to music at high volumes sometimes for hours each week - have no idea they can be putting their hearing at risk."

Oh, yeah, it’s also bad for your hearing. The ruling will take 2 years to come into action if passed.

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