I live in a big city. I walk, a lot. I also happen to use my iPhone to listen to music whilst I walk. For the most part I have no issues; however, I find it annoying having to change the volume of my headphones all the time. For example, every day at the same time, I walk along a busy street on my way to work. The sound of the cars and (useless) street trolley interfere with my music. I realize I could buy fancier non-stock headphones; however, I don’t really think this is an elegant solution. Instead, I wish my phone did one of two things:
- My iPod/iPhone/iHeadphones (whatever) have a mic built-in. I really wish my device would use this microphone to measure the ambient noise around me and then would adjust the volume accordingly.
- In combination with the item above (or in place of) I wish my phone would use it’s GPS to “zone” ambient noise (or obey the volume I choose in that zone) to set the playback volume accordingly.
These are two minor gripes and I am not sure they’d always work; however, I’d surely be fidgeting with the stupid volume control a whole lot less.