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Did you replace your iPod earphones?

In today’s Wall Street Journal, Marcus Lillkvist writes not about the popular iPod, but it’s mostly unpopular white earphones. Many users think the earphones are uncomfortable and produce mediocre sound and have replaced them with better, aftermarket alternatives. “Still, some customers are quick to dump the Apple-supplied buds. High-school student Austin Agarwal took $390 in birthday money last year and treated himself to an iPod. But when he slipped on the headphones that come with the device, he says the the bass was fuzzy, and the high notes muffled. It sounded “like an old boom box,” he says. Less than a week after the 17-year-old who lives in Easton, Conn., bought his iPod, he plunked down $150 more for a pair of higher-end headphones.”

“It’s not clear how many iPod owners discard their ear buds. ‘We chose the 80-20 rule, as we think that the supplied headphones satisfy the big majority of our customers,’ says Stan Ng, director of iPod product marketing at Apple Computer Inc. The company recently introduced a $39 a la carte option, designed to address the fit issue. It comes with three different size caps, to ensure a snugger fit.”

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I have the Bose Quiet Comfort 2 headphones and the are amazing.  I use them at my desk and on the airplane.  For outside use I have headphones from an old sport VCd player from Aiwa that I love.

I used the Apple ones for 1 day and had to switch.

Posted by schaaking in Minneapolis on April 8, 2004 at 1:52 PM (CDT)


I purchased my iPod 7/03 and the earbuds that came with it were very good compared with other players I’ve had.  But they didn’t last long when the left earbud started making a buzzing sound.  I purchased the remote control and earbud set from Apple since I needed both and the earbuds that came with the set were the worst.  I don’t use them at all. 

I tried the Bose lightweight headphones but didn’t like them because they didn’t have enough bass for me, so I sent them back and got the Sony MDR V600 but they’re to large and you couldn’t see that in the catalog picture. 

I tried the ER4’s from headphone.com for $249 but I did not like them because they fit into the ear canal.  They sound great but I was more concerned with hearing loss from using them so I sent them back.

I use the earbuds that came with my iRiver Slim X 350 now especially when I’m out because I can wrap them around the top of my ear and let them dangle while I listen to music but I’m able to hear everything that’s going on around me.  At home I use my Sony MDR V300 headphones - great sound quality. 

The earbuds that come with the iPod, unless you get a good pair, your better off getting another pair of better quality.


Posted by iPodite on April 8, 2004 at 1:57 PM (CDT)


I’ve bought the Sony E-71’s which I find are much better than the buds that you get with the ipod which have a porr sound quality and are very uncomfortable to wear. The E-71’s are very comfortable, the sound is excellent and they dont fall out when I’m jogging. I thought that I’d try the new in ear earbuds from apple but although they are comfortable whichever size cups I use on them they always end up falling out (design fault!!!) The cups are the wrong shape to stay in your ears, they dont go in deep enough. If they did I think that the sound would be better but because they dont fit in the ear properly the sound is tinny and lacks bass. If you want decent sound but don’t want to spend a small fortune on high end earphones (such as etymotic ER6)then the Sony E-71’s are they way to go!

Posted by curryluvva in UK on April 8, 2004 at 2:09 PM (CDT)


i dont know how any of you guys can justify spending upwards of even $80 on a set of headphones.
I use the low end sony earbuds for like $25 and i get perfect sound. But then again i hate having the big huge earphones that cover the whole side of my head.

Posted by whoa on April 8, 2004 at 2:38 PM (CDT)


“I use the low end sony earbuds for like $25 and i get perfect sound.”

You don’t get perfect sound.  You may think it sounds perfect and it’s probably good enough for you, it isn’t unilaterally perfect sound.

Posted by duke on April 8, 2004 at 2:44 PM (CDT)


i use sony ex71sl.  i love them

Posted by dave on April 8, 2004 at 3:01 PM (CDT)


I pitched the Apple ones long ago (as posted in ipl mucho). Sennheiser’s IE3 sounds better and has cleaner low end than anything I’ve heard before. Over B/O, Bose and Sony for sure. Best 149.00 I’ve ever spent.

GREAT to fly with and they don’t put some extra sound in to take some away and they sound awesome in the process.

Sad for Apple since their new buds fit worse and just look nice. Sennheiser does it again.


Posted by Guru on April 8, 2004 at 3:02 PM (CDT)


Like lots of people I opted for the Sony E71’s in white. Hard to get in Uk, but imported them via Audiocubes.com for the same priced I’d have paid at Amazon for the black version. Really great sound, fit superbly (essential to get the fit perfect, or you’ll be disappointed). You can get better I’m sure, but for best price/performance ratio they’ll be exactly right for most people I reckon. Highly recommended.

Posted by David on April 8, 2004 at 3:15 PM (CDT)


Yeah for those who were saying they wanted noise cancellation but can’t afford them. Another thing about the sony EX71 earbuds is that they go in your ear and the rubber part forms an airtight seal. This actually blocks out alot of ambient sound (and take a bit of getting used to!). It also helps with the bass response. They are also very comfortable because they are lightweight. There is a review of the EX70’s on this site which is pretty much the same as the EX71.

And don’t forget you can get them in black or in white depending on your desire to show off that you have an iPod. ;-)

Posted by Biff on April 8, 2004 at 3:18 PM (CDT)


Ive never had a problem with the apple buds. I think the quality could be better, but is much better than most included headphones. But spending 200 for headphones isnt really that necessary. If you use 128 kbps files, no matter what headphones you use, the sound is gonna suck. 192 minimum for true audiophiles, anything else stinks.

Posted by LupinIII in Illinois on April 8, 2004 at 3:22 PM (CDT)


I have the Futuresonics EARS version of the Sennheiser IE3 that I got from their discount I found here for 89 bucks. I love them and have the custom fit piece on order from them. Fun on the loud bus rides or flights.

Posted by Mike on April 8, 2004 at 3:43 PM (CDT)


First, the Zen Xtra has white earphones, though observant types will notice that the headphone cords are wonky on the Zen’s headphones. Also, they don’t have the goofy gray bit the Apple’s have. Frankly, the goofy gray bit is just weird.

The headphones have to be rotated, as others have said, to work best. And that hurts. With the pads, they are too big for my daughter’s ears. Without the pads, they keep falling out and hurt. I generally use them on walks around the block, but when I fly, I use a pair of cheap Koss earbuds, pretty much like the Apple ones where they came with several shapes so you can get a good fit. Not fancy, but I can hear well.

Posted by leertracy in Los Angeles on April 8, 2004 at 4:00 PM (CDT)


Right after I got my iPod I was leaving on a 19 hour airplane flight so I wanted noise canceling earbuds. I got the Sony MRD-NC11. Bought them at Fry’s for arounf $100. They fit good, the sounds works for me and with them on I hear nothing or no one some times a problem when my loved ones are talking to me. I do not like the black cord.

Posted by pollyg in San Diego on April 8, 2004 at 4:00 PM (CDT)


Buy Grados!

Posted by OldSkool on April 8, 2004 at 5:00 PM (CDT)


I have the Bose Noise Cancelling (good)

And the Shure E3C (Much Better!)

Posted by toadmanor on April 8, 2004 at 5:50 PM (CDT)


When I bought my iPod, I spent an extra $68 (Singapore) on the apple in-ear phones….what a waste of money, the included phones are much much better, definately the best phones that have been included with a portable device. After my horror run with the in ear apples I am reluctant to spend a load of dosh on something that I cant try before I buy so I am content for the moment with the basic ones.

Posted by Greg on April 8, 2004 at 5:56 PM (CDT)


I have 2 pair sets of original earphone, still sealed and untouch, they are up for sale. $40 with free shipping within the US. US only. It comes with 4 pairs (total of 8) foomies. Email me if you are interested.

Posted by WoW on April 8, 2004 at 7:17 PM (CDT)


I have 2 pair sets of original earphone, still sealed and untouch, they are up for sale. $40 with free shipping within the US. US only. It comes with 4 pairs (total of 8) foomies. Email me if you are interested.

Posted by WorldOfWarcraft on April 8, 2004 at 7:17 PM (CDT)


I have 2 pair sets of original earphone, still sealed and untouch, they are up for sale. $40 with free shipping within the US. US only. It comes with 4 pairs (total of 8) foomies. Email me (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) if you are interested.

Posted by WorldOfWarcraft on April 8, 2004 at 7:19 PM (CDT)



Good luck!

Posted by BigSid in Los Angeles on April 8, 2004 at 7:50 PM (CDT)

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