I received an iPod touch today. To be fair, I didn’t know much about this device, but I didn’t like the thought of it until I actually used it. A marvelous invention, the wi-fi function being particularly noteworthy. However, i discovered one major problem. The volume. I was previously using a 1st generation iPod Nano (2GB) and the maximum volume was deafening. However when I switch the Touch to maximum volume it is only a shadow of the Nano’s amplification glory. Having done a little research, i have discovered that this is due to a French law that the rest of Europe is conforming to (surprise surprise) which means that all portable music devices can now only achieve a certain volume in order to protect our health and prevent us from going deaf. I ask, why can’t I make this decision for myself? Another example of the government intervening in our lives and mollycoddling us into decision making submission. Yet most importantly, i can’t listen to my music at an adequate volume on the tube, in the street, etc. This is a real pain in the arse. Therefore i urge you not to buy an iPod touch in the UK… get one from a US seller on eBay and you will be free to damage your ears as much as you wish.