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    Quote Originally Posted by gentlefury View Post
    I def like it as a mute button better. I never use orientation lock...it goes against the whole point of the device.
    I use the orientation lock so much it has made me want one on my iPod Touch. I am just the opposite and have never once wished for a mute switch. Holding the volume down rocker for a second or two essentially mutes the device anyhow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveSt View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by gentlefury View Post
    I def like it as a mute button better. I never use orientation lock...it goes against the whole point of the device.
    I use the orientation lock so much it has made me want one on my iPod Touch. I am just the opposite and have never once wished for a mute switch. Holding the volume down rocker for a second or two essentially mutes the device anyhow.
    The advantage to the mute switch tho is that when you switch it off it goes back to it's original volume. And you can do it while the screen is off. It always annoys me that you have to switch the screen on to mute it.

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    I dont see this as an issue, considering I dont think I have really ever used the screen-lock switch, but I have to mute all the time.

    Now, turning it into a Pause button would be nicer still.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gentlefury View Post
    The advantage to the mute switch tho is that when you switch it off it goes back to it's original volume. And you can do it while the screen is off. It always annoys me that you have to switch the screen on to mute it.
    I can see how that would be an issue. I don't have any music at all on the iPad so perhaps I haven't seen the lack of a mute as an issue. If I have the sound on I always have an earphone in. I watch a lot of streaming media on mine, but with children around I find that having the orientation lock is nice. Otherwise every time I move around to see what's going on my screen flips on me. Not a huge deal, just a little annoying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveSt View Post
    Holding the volume down rocker for a second or two essentially mutes the device anyhow.
    Which is a real pain when you are just trying to lower the volume a bit. You need to do it in increments to avoid muting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by donka View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DaveSt View Post
    Holding the volume down rocker for a second or two essentially mutes the device anyhow.
    Which is a real pain when you are just trying to lower the volume a bit. You need to do it in increments to avoid muting...
    yeah I hate that...sadly that hasn't been removed....at least not in the beta...you still will mute if you want to lower the volume.

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    Since I always use the iPad in landscape mode I rarely switch that button. I'd rather have a lock switch that keeps the iPad from going to sleep or something.
    Posted from my iPad WiFi 64GB

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    Odd of apple to duplicate effort, especially as the existing method works perfectly well.
    I'm with Gruber on this, the iPad is mainly for visual media so the emphasis should be on visual controls not audio.

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    I use the screen lock switch a lot. I will definitely miss it. The volume rocker mutes fast enough. The software screen lock is multiple taps and swipes away.

    A petition will do no good. Steve knows best. What we think doesn't matter. If you disagree, you're just doing it wrong. I'm sure its to keep things consistent with the iPhone4 for developers.

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    I would sign a petition, mute on an iPad is silly IMO.


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