Would it make more sense for the EU to try to regulate the loudness of albums rather than try to regulate how loud MP3 players can get?
Have their been any studies about hearing damage when listening to a loudness war album compared to a pleasant album? It seems to me that when I listen to a loud album at my normal listening level that my ears get tired and show signs of overexposure. If I listen to similar music that isn't loud my ears don't show those signs even though the listening volume is similar. The albums with excessive dynamic compression don't have any quieter spaces between the beats. Everything is a constant blast of sound. No rest anywhere in the music for the ears.
It would be easy to regulate the dynamic range of commercial albums and music that is sold in the EU. There are current tools in development
for measuring the dynamic range of albums and songs. It would be simple for the EU to say that no album or song that has a dynamic range of less than say 7 using their standard tool would be allowed for sale in the EU.