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Third party headphones on iPod

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By Jerrod H.

Contributing Editor
Published: Thursday, August 17, 2006
Articles Categories: Ask iLounge, Accessories, iPod classic, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, iPod touch

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Q: I am planning on purchasing a fifth generation iPod, but I have heard from friends that the iPod can only use the headphones that come with the iPod’s package. Is this true? Surely it can’t be.

- Mark

A: There are indeed certain proprietary aspects of the iPod and the hardware it’s compatible with, but headphones are absolutely not an example of this: Apple uses an industry-standard 1/8” “Miniplug” audio jack for its headphone audio out port. This means that virtually any headset intended for portable use will easily work with the iPod. Even headsets intended for use with a full-size home amplifier (i.e. those with a 1/4” plug) can easily be used with an iPod using a simple, inexpensive adapter.

The bottom line is: don’t worry - virtually any pair of headphones will work.

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