In recent times, I’ve had to ban my kids from using iPods with headphones because they play with the volume controls and blast their ears. Expensive headphones with volume limiters didn’t work because they quickly figured out how to adjust the volume control on the headphones. For the last few months, I’ve had them use an external speaker (Radio-Shack 277-1008C) but it wasn’t only awkward, it used batteries and was only a make-shift solution.
Enter today’s 1.1.1 software update for the nano and 5G iPods. In the Settings, you’ll find a new Volume Limit option. It lets you set the maximum playback volume for your iPod, regardless of how the kids adjust the scroll wheel.
What’s more you can “lock” it with a custom combination so your tech-savvy kids can’t bypass it easily. (They’d have to restore the iPod to get past the lock).
Step-by-step instructions here.
Thank you, Apple!