Apple now allows you to protect yourself… from yourself

Isn’t it reassuring to see how well the free-market works?

Owners of recent iPods will now be able to set how loud their digital music players can go. Apple Computer Inc., facing complaints and a lawsuit claiming the popular player can cause hearing loss, made the setting available as part of a new software update Wednesday. The free download applies to the iPod Nano and the iPod models with video-playback capabilities.

Hmmm… incentives work? Without government intervention? It even lets parents set the software and lock the setting so kids can’t undo it on their iPods? That’s crazy talk. I don’t believe it. What kind of foolishness is this?