I found the sound and fit fine, the bigger problem was complete loss of sound in the right bud. Apple were excellent and quickly replaced them, only for the exact same thing to happen again after around a month. Will be asking for a refund this time. White earphones don't go down too well on the safety side either, violent crime anyone?

Posted by rjwade on July 9, 2004 at 12:51 AM (PDT) Comment 126

Wish I'd read this review before buying the headphones.

I listened for two hours and then returned them to the store. They sound WORSE than the standard buds that came with the iPod.

Posted by will on August 4, 2004 at 1:41 PM (PDT) Comment 127

i got my apple in ear phones and they are at least 5 times betta than the shippin phones . there is so much bad feedbak/ maybe pplz ears r different but theyre perfect 4 me

Posted by penguin on August 18, 2004 at 12:19 AM (PDT) Comment 128

I'm kind of a headphone geek and these are pretty good for the price. While I am not a huge fan of in ear phones like the Ety ER•4S these definitely have their use. If inserted propertly, which is not difficult, they are a definite improvement over the stock phones. The bass is definitely attenuated but not to the extent as the Sony's which I found too pronounced at the high and low end. Almost almost all my tunes are AAC's at 192+ or Apple Lossless so I'm kind of particular. I still like my Grado 80's best but they do not work with any exterior noise. While I am not keen on the Ety's fit (these are more comfortable for my ears) I was waiting for the ER•6i to come out but now I'll be waiting even longer.

Bottom line - these are good all around headphones and a great deal for the money.

Posted by justarasta on August 19, 2004 at 4:58 PM (PDT) Comment 129

i love high-end audio and consider myself an audiophile. i lost my original apple earbuds so i went out and purchased the apple in-ear buds. these are by far the worst sounding equipment i have ever heard. worse than the 5 dollar sony headphones my father uses. plus they were supremely uncomfortable and wouldn't stay in my ears despite trying all different size attatchments. dissappointing waste of $39.99.

Posted by Brian on August 21, 2004 at 10:29 PM (PDT) Comment 130

I have to say before reading I had no clue about how to get these things in my ears.

After doing the suggested tips from the apple knowledge base I'm in love with these things...

Posted by fletchnj on September 2, 2004 at 5:32 PM (PDT) Comment 131

I'm not an audiophile, I just love my music and my iPod. I have the Sony EX71 but can't stand their design. I use them, but not when walking around. I got these Apple ones today and they sound great to me. Smallest attachment fits me best.
One of the best things I discovered on this site was the instructions on how to get a good fit with earbuds.

Posted by 2dogsrule on September 4, 2004 at 7:52 PM (PDT) Comment 132

I bought a pair of these to go with my Dual-USB iBook. They go well with it visually (because, when you've got a computer this cool, you don't dare have headphones of a different style!), and while I'm no expert on sound they sound good to me. My two vague bits. smile

Posted by Jonathan Grynspan on September 8, 2004 at 5:01 PM (PDT) Comment 133

I gotta say at first I really hated the Apple replacement headphones. THe original ear buds that came with the iPod were fine for me sound wise but, while working out they kept falling out of my ears. I have three pairs of other headphones that all sounded horrible. They range from in-ear headphones that came with a Sony CD Player I bought a few years ago. Also a pair Sony headphones (all are sony actually) that are behind the head over the ear and another pair that are Studio Monitors. They all sound horrid. I had saturation on all of them. If you get the replacement ear buds from Apple it takes some fiddling and some experimenting for fit and position. Once you mess with it enough you will not regret it. THey sound great, plenty of bass without being muddy. The major plus for me is when working out (lifting or running) they do not fall out of my ears every 2 seconds.

Posted by H8Red442 on September 8, 2004 at 5:25 PM (PDT) Comment 134

I just bought the iBuds today after using the old fasion around the head headphones. Yes it semsquite criminal to treat an iPod to such abuse but i play basketball....hard and the original Ear Buds hard a hard time staying in while walking around so I finaly bought the iBuds.

The iBuds are FAR FAR superior to the wrap-around headphones and litteraly blow the Ear Buds out of the water. i have not tried the sony's but the iBuds work nearly flawlessly. They are a little hard to get a perfect fit at once but after playing with them for a few minutes you will get the hang of it. i suggest you try all three sizes several times in order to build up some ear wax on each set, this will help them stick better in your ear and seal in the bass. I prefer the smalest size so I can stick them deep into my ear for the best fit and sound redustion. But again find hwat works best for you. I also saw a post that suggestet setting the EQ to small speakers but i find that bass booster is again far superior because it not only boosts the bass but the overall volume.

Hope this helps.

Posted by Jimbo The African Circus Boy on September 11, 2004 at 6:37 PM (PDT) Comment 135

On another note...I again have not sampled other buds but when these get a snug fit they keep it. Especcially the small pads, once they're in they stay there and channel the music rightinto your ear. I am no "audiophile" in my books, don't get me wrong I love music as much as anyone, my father's whole life was and still is music, mostly jazz,but thats how he made his living. Anyways music is not in my profession and unless it it you're no "audiophile." Set your EQ to bass boost to get rid of the tinny sound and stick the little buds in your ear and your set. Period.

Posted by Jimbo The African Circus Boy on September 11, 2004 at 6:47 PM (PDT) Comment 136


Posted by asf on September 12, 2004 at 11:04 AM (PDT) Comment 137

recieved the headphones today, and they are nice. They got a nice sound quality but the do slip out once in a while ( like 10 times on a 30minute walk) and the bass isn't the best... but hey i guess they are not trying to top the ipod in its quality smile

Posted by darknox on September 15, 2004 at 5:45 AM (PDT) Comment 138

I purchased these in ear headphones and three months later the adhesive that holds the small speaker in the cone has separated- ie it fell apart...a real disappointment for the $$$ Apple doesn't make it easy to get replacements either

Posted by rickH on September 16, 2004 at 4:26 PM (PDT) Comment 139

I bought Apple's In-Ear Headphones over a month ago, and I can't tell you how comfortable they are, and the sound quality is very good. Basically, if the sound is bad, you probably don't have the phones in correctly. These are a great improvement with these than the factory ear phones. I always notice how the factory ear phones hang out of the users ears. And just about everyday, someone asks me about the in-ear buds. Most certainly a great purchase.

Posted by Dvontu on September 22, 2004 at 5:45 AM (PDT) Comment 140

I found the way to bridge the gap and solve all the problems listed above while using the standard iPOD earbuds that come with the device. Go to Amazon and buy a set of clear "Eargels" for the JABRA handsfree cell phone headset. The Apple earbuds fit inside the eargels just like the JABRA headset does. The set comes with small medium and large eargels and are fitted for both left and right ears. These eargels are anatomically molded to the shape of a standard ear. True custom molded earbuds cost $200 - these are under $15. Stick the Apple earbuds in the back of the JABRA eargelss and then put them in your ears - they will NEVER fall out, there is about a -5dB reduction in ambient sound, not quite sound isolation but still superior to the ambient sound of the earbuds by themselves, they are WAY, WAY more comfortable than the APPLE earbuds alone and bass response is significantly enhanced.

If you got the money, get the Etymotics ER-4P headphones and order custom earmolds. If you don't - use the APPLE earbuds with the JABRA eargels and you get a lot of the way there for less than $15. If I knew how to get molds like this made I would start a web site and sell them as "Apple Sound Enhancers and Noise Isolation Molded Eargels," then again, maybe I will. I'm gonna need a better name though.....

I ordered clear eargels so the overall look of the iPOD "white on white" coolness could be sustaned. They come in multiple other colors and are otherwise identical.

Posted by Tom on September 24, 2004 at 8:34 AM (PDT) Comment 141

i bought these yesterday and they just plain suck. i can't even hear the bass guitar, the sound quality is thin and annoying & they don't fit right. i'm taking them back today. these are NOT $40 headphones.

Posted by danomyte on October 6, 2004 at 6:42 AM (PDT) Comment 142


I am on my 4th set of these buds and they have just broken aswell... After the 1st pair started sending the sound out of on ear within a week I thought they were faulty, so apple sent me a new pair. then after some goo listening, they broke. Apple sent another pair and said that I should always put them back in the box to avoid damage, because they are actually faulty in design. Then they broke and they said right try one more time and then you can have a refund. Refund please.

They were good earfones and you could listen louder with less noise escaping (no complaints from fellow commuters. But they just dont last. The filaments/wires are weak in the right bud.

Posted by Seb on October 12, 2004 at 6:11 AM (PDT) Comment 143

I noticed some people put them in upside down and report a better fit. So I tried that and it worked but was still awkward. I then tried rotating the earpiece 180 degrees but putting the phones in right side up. This works way better than any configuration i have tired and is a significant improvement to the fit and reduces almost totaly the fiddeliness. It is strange lsitening to songs i have heard a million times and hearing things i had no idea were there. These are way better than the stock buds.

Posted by jpo on October 12, 2004 at 7:43 AM (PDT) Comment 144

these are the best headphones in the world if your wondering which ones to buy here they are get them im on commision

Posted by apple sales man on November 5, 2004 at 6:59 AM (PDT) Comment 145

Last night I purchased the 40GB ipod and I can't believe anyone at Apple ever tested them.

They big enough to fit in an elephant's ear; They fall out of my ear; The black fabric covers have already fallen off and are lost.

If I had four arms I could at least hold them at a correct position, as they sound is good.

I quite amazed that all ipod users have not rebelled against them.

Posted by earshurt on November 12, 2004 at 9:32 AM (PDT) Comment 146

I found the quality to be lacking from the original iPod earphones AT FIRST, but for some reason after a couple of hours of use they seemed to "work in" and give me a better sound then the originals.

Give them a couple days before you send them back.

Posted by Prospekt on December 26, 2004 at 3:33 PM (PDT) Comment 147

I had a strange problem with my Apple In-Ear headphones. I could hear the cable rubbing against my raincoat making a squeaking sound. I also heard a thump thump thump as the cable lightly struck my body as I walked.
These are comically bad headphones, but would be an excellent conductor if someone wanted to get two tin cans and play ‘phone.’

Posted by BlackPippi on January 7, 2005 at 11:57 AM (PDT) Comment 148

i think these things are great midrange earphones. i find them very comfortable, as are the sony ex71's, there really isnt much of a sound differnce, except sony tends to be a little bassier (better if you like blues, rap, r and b). a necessary step up from the stock crap buds.

Posted by sergeantpress on January 10, 2005 at 10:13 PM (PDT) Comment 149

the in ears fit fine, despite what you may have heard. for me, at least. apple's drivers are right on the money, they do not have treble or bass enhancements, which provides "real sound". if you like bass, get the sonys. if you like real sound. get the apples.

Posted by sergeantpress on January 11, 2005 at 9:52 PM (PDT) Comment 150
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