Passive i-Podding

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Will the Sec, Oct 16, 2005.

  1. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

    OK, I think the i-Pod is a marvellous invention.

    Superb for ease of access and no fiddling with CDs etc in confined spaces on tubes planes etc.

    Its curse, or the downside to it to be more polite, is the total lack of investment by Apple in a decent set of head phones to go with the i-Pod. This leads to passive i-Podding, and this causes stressful journeys for some poeple, including me.

    There are at least double the number of people using headphones on the Jubilee line every day compared to two years ago, and so the irritating "chk, chk, chkitty, chk" now comes from several more sources than before.

    People become very defensive about their right to listen to their i-Pod at whatever volume they see fit, and refuse to change the volume when asked to. They are also invariably reading either a newspaper or a book at the same time, and so are probably only using the music as background.

    So, I have three things to say.
    1. In the absence of a known tMP ENT specialist, I will say that in x years time, when your hearing is shot because you've been blasting youri-Pod into your ears too loud day in day out, don't expect the NHS to pay for corrective action.
    2. If someone asks you to turn your i-Pod down when you're on the tube or a bus, please do.
    3. Allowing that Apple have made so much money out of this amazing product, they should come up with lightweight, noise reducing and sound proof headphones to be sold as part of the package.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2005
  2. Redhorn

    Redhorn New Member

    I agree, as an iPod user (but not one that uses public transport!) i will qualify that statement that the earphones supplied are carp!
    Any serious music listener should upgrade them as a priority. However, its the trend to be seen with a pair of white earphones sticking out of your ears as it distinguishes the listener from someone listening to a cheaper machine, or dare I say a CD player!!!!!! A pair of Sennheisers and a bottle of tippex should do the trick!! ;)

    Incidentally, i recently read an article that stated that the huge amount of people on the London tube trains on 7/7 wearing ipods/earphones actually saved themselves from major ear damage, just by simply having them in their ears!!!
  3. dyl

    dyl Active Member

  4. lottie4744

    lottie4744 Member

    :eek: HOW MUCH!?!
  5. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    Exactly my reaction! You can at least two iPods for that amount!
  6. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

  7. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    Aye - they're the ones I have - excellent quality - plus the external noise generate dis less - therefore keeping the scrooges on sharing public transport happy! ;)
  8. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    out of interest, if you heard a stranger on the bus or train blasting out brass band music on his/her i-pod, would you say hi?
  9. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

    "Excuse me, would you turn your music down, please?"

    "Why? You can't hear it!"

    "If I can tell you what album is being played, will you turn it down?"


    "The Marshall Mathers Story, Eminem."

    "How the $%^& did you know that?"

    "So you accept it's too loud and will turn it down?"

    "$%^& off."
  10. meandmycornet

    meandmycornet Active Member

    I have a lil pink ipod mini :D and I don't think I have it on loud enough for everyone too hear, nobody laughs at my appalling taste in music anyway! :tongue: I think I am a considerate Ipodder :D cos I know how annoying it is too be able too here other peoples music especially when its rubbish!
  11. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Maybe you can wear badges that state "I hate loud music" :rolleyes:
  12. rutty

    rutty Active Member

    I've got one of the cheaper models - still expensive (about £55 IIRC) but excellent earphones. I don't have to turn it up too loud to hear my music as they block out much of the background noise from traffic etc and the reproduction is superb.

    Probably not as good as a more expensive set of cans, but good for the price.
  13. Laserbeam bass

    Laserbeam bass Active Member

    I think you should be able to shoot anyone who has an ipod that is played at an unacceptable level to the majority of people using the public transport system. Alternatively, be able to plug them directly into the rails energy source, and see how long they want to continue being antisocial.
  14. Di

    Di Active Member

    Our lad has an MP3 player (not i-pod though), but the headphones he uses means we all get to hear it too! :frown: Steve is constantly telling him to turn it down as he'll damage his ears playing so loud we can hear it in the front of car. He's always saying "its not that loud". True, having taken the set off him without adjusting the volume, I can say it isn't so loud, it is just the cr@ppy headphones. :mad:
  15. yonhee

    yonhee Active Member

    My dads been through about 50 pairs of headphones because theyre all either rubbish or dont fit in his ears. The weird ones that hook over your ears are good according to erm whoever it was I was talking to about headphones... It is annoying when you can hear peoples music theres a guy that I walk past to get to the bus stop and you can hear all the lyrics.
  16. andywooler

    andywooler Supporting Member

    Well said Will! I suffer a 1 hr commute into town and it's hard to find a seat as it is without having to choose one where there isn't one of these tone deaf idiots with a) iPod/MP3 and/or b) a mobile phobe that they lost the "silent ring" or "vibrate" instructions for.