The EU has proposed new rules to make mandatory default “safe exposure” volume settings in portable music players. Besides a default volume setting, the EU would also like companies, who make portable music players, to add warnings in instruction booklets and in other locations.
While this is well-intended, the problem is that you can’t govern what a person does privately. Common sense should tell a person that they should not listen to music, at full-blast, 24/7. There’s really no way for the EU to enforce these rules upon the consumer. Also, these rules could end up taking more money out of our pockets because of additional costs on the manufacturing end. Consumer electronics here in Finland already cost an arm and leg.