Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Pete Townshend Warns iPod Users

'There Is Terrible Trouble Ahead' was the tagline that made me click on the entertainment news... what could be terrible trouble ahead especially in the entertainment industry world?

LONDON (Jan. 4) - Guitarist Pete Townshend has warned iPod users that they could end up with hearing problems as bad as his own if they don't turn down the volume of the music they are listening to on earphones.

Townshend, 60, guitarist in the 60s band The Who, said his hearing was irreversibly damaged by years of using studio headphones and that he now is forced to take 36-hour breaks between recording sessions to allow his ears to recover.

"I have unwittingly helped to invent and refine a type of music that makes its principal components deaf," he said on his Web site. "Hearing loss is a terrible thing because it cannot be repaired. If you use an iPod or anything like it, or your child uses one, you MAY be OK ... But my intuition tells me there is terrible trouble ahead."

Referring to the increasingly popular practice of downloading music from the Internet, Townshend said: "The downside may be that on our computers - for privacy, for respect to family and co-workers, and for convenience - we use earphones at almost every stage of interaction with sound."

The Who rock group was famous for its earsplitting liveperformances, but Townshend said his problem was caused by using earphones in the recording studio.



At 1/05/2006 12:26 PM, Blogger Jason said...

First of all, you rock so hard for putting up a Pete article.

Of course they're going to use the most dramatic line from Pete's diary entry, that's what newspapers do. That being said, however, I think it's great that his entry made the AP wire. People really are doing serious damage to their ears, especially when those things are jammed into your ear canals.


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