I used to work at a TV station and we never did anything to alter the sound of any of the programming or commercials.
This is our complaint exactly. We would very much like you to alter the sound of the programming or commercials to reduce the volume. If you did this, we might actually let the commercials play without muting the system.
apple keeps ramping up the pointless restrictions and i keep looking for another smartphone with minimal moving parts -- no slidey shit, no foldy shit, and definitely no no no physical keypad. i won't buy a pre. it's got all the planned-failure mechanical parts that i bought an iphone to avoid, even if the OS is the most promising thing i've seen in a year.
the best candidate right now looks like the HTC magic/G2/mytouch/whatchamacallit, although it's still got that nasty trackball, and that disastrous headphone adapter thing, both of which will hopefully be gone by the android phone that's shipping next time i'm shopping for a phone.
i basically want something with a good browser, nice fonts (so, never a blackberry), passable email, a passable library of apps, and as few moving parts as possible. right now the iphone is the thing that comes closest to meeting those criteria, even though apple's restrictive behavior has been juvenile and borderline illegal.
"'Tis true, 'tis pity, and pity 'tis 'tis true." -- Poloniouius, in Willie the Shake's _Hamlet, Prince of Darkness_