Quiet cars, anyone?

New York City subway riders are experiencing a resurgence of a 1980s phenomenon, and not all of them are happy about it. Digital technology has transformed the iconic boombox, and now commuters are assaulted by what AM New York calls “lightweight, but powerfully speakered iPods, iPhones, BlackBerries and Droids.” “In the last five years, it’s gotten a lot worse because of cell phone technology,” one commuter said; another called it “noise pollution.” Whatever people call it, playing amplified music is illegal on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority system and violators are subject to a $50 fine. Link to full story in AM New York.

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