Apple has withdrawn iPods from stores in France because the device produces noise levels beyond those acceptable under French government regulations.

The company has ceased iPod shipments in the country for the next 15 days as it develops a software fix to bring the device back in line with local law.

At issue is the French legal requirement that such devices produce a maximum 100dB noise level. Apple's iPod exceeds this slightly, delivering 104dB. The problem should be resolved with the release of a software update in the territory that will bring the device's noise levels into line.

Apple will exchange unsold inventory of iPods for updated models and release a software update for customers on October 8, Cnet reports.

iPod orders made through the Apple Store, France are currently marked to ship within 10-12 days.