Apple remote/earphones retail pack

Q: I recently noticed that Apple has started selling its iPod remote packaged with a pair of earphones for $39. Is this the same remote that used to be packaged with the 3G iPod? Are these just normal iPod earphones? If no, then what are the differences?

– Isral

A: Apple’s actually been doing this for years – and yes, it is the same remote and the same earphones, so if you want the remote, you can no longer buy it on its own.

However, it’s not a bad idea to have an extra set of earphones in case something happens to yours.

Kirk McElhearn is the author of several books including iPod & iTunes Garage.

His blog, Kirkville features articles about the iPod, iTunes, Mac OS X and much more.