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**Why I bought this item**
I didn't actually purchase these headphones, with any piece of Apple hardware such as an iPod or iPhone, the headphones come free. As Apple products aren't built to last (yet we continue to buy them like sheep!), we subsequently have a number of these headphones knocking around the house.
The headphones are an entry level headphone, they are "in ear" headphones which I tend to use without the foamy bits on them. They are all white, a distinctive mark of Apple which could make you feel stylish or could make you feel like a target when wearing them (see below). I'm certain only a firm like Apple can make white products seem cool. I've personally always thought white electricals seem chav-tastic. But hey, that is only my opinion.
**The good bits**
Even without the foam protectors, these are the in-ear phones ever ever that have stayed in my ear. I spent my childhood wearing enormous headphones as these little slick in-ear phones wouldn't stay in. Either my ears have grown enormously or the Apple headphones are designed really well, I suspect a bit of both. Either way I wouldn't buy any other earphones.
The sound quality is likely not to be the same as Monster Beat headphones by Dre but I always think they are loud enough and I have no problems with the quality of the sound, perhaps I don't know any better?
**The bad bits**
When the iPod first came out, I purposely did not use the white headphones as I felt I would have been a target for people wanting an iPod (they were about £350 at the time - the iPods, not the headphones), so in some respects you may be more of a target for thieves. However, more and more people have iPods and iPhones so the white headphones are more commonplace. I wouldn't worry so much now about using these headphones in public as I did when I first got them.
I find that due to them being white in colours, they get quite dirty quite quickly, nothing a quick wipe over wouldn't solve but if they were black you wouldn't notice that.
Furthermore, two sets of earphones have broken, the plastic protectors have exposed the wire which in my opinion demonstrates further shoddy work from Apple.
**Would I buy these again?**
For the price of them, around £3 on Amazon, you can hardly complain, plus they are technically free with the product. I think that they are value for money and as they sit nicely in my ears, I would be happy to buy them again but as with everything, I wouldn't expect them to last forever (nor should they for £3).
I had two pairs of these headphones! I only need one pair so I gave the second pair away to my boyfriend who needed some more (as he broke his by stepping onto them!). I received these free when buying an iPod Nano.
These second generation headphones are more durable than the first. The first ones were a little flimsy and weak (I did write a review on them aswell) but these are much better. The cord seems slightly thicker than the first set and it doesn't tangle as easily. They do still tangle but they're much more easier to undo than the first ones, which is a bonus!
The sound quality is better as the headphones sound clearer and less "tinny". The bass is greater compared to the first gen and the clarity is sharper too. They sound better when listening to dance music (i.e my Clubland albums) as they seem to give the music a bit more of a beat. The bass sound isn't muffled either, in fact it is very clear.
I prefer these headphones to the first ones. They're also very comfortable to wear and they actually stay put in your ears and they don't fall out. They're also easy to remove from the ear, a simple tug (gently!) will remove them. I would recommend keeping them in a case when not being used to keep them away from dust and/ or dirt. They're easy to carry around with you as they are nice and light.
A step up from the first gen.
The first generation of Ipod earphones were very badly built for apple items, although cool looking in the usual brilliant white they didn't deliver great sound, they broke easily and for me at least, were hugely uncomfortable and fitted so badly that i would frequently lose them when walking.
Although this second generation set do appear to be made better that sadly hasn't fixed the other problems. The speakers do feel more solid, and the cable itself is sturdy but the grey sections surrounding the cable still work loose and the foam covers still rip easily.
The bottom line is that foam covered earphones like this just don't deliver the quality of inner ear buds. With the price of Ipods being so high apple should include their higher spec inner ear buds in my opinion.
The other love or hate issue is the connector, apple opted for a straight connector which looks great when connected but means when your not using your Ipod and you wrap your cables around it, the connector is vulnerable to knocks. My ipod suffered exactly this problem and the stress on the connector bent the contacts inside the pod leading to an expensive repair.
The only reason I would go for these is if you really don't like inner ear buds, otherwise you can find a far better way to enjoy your music.
I have just written a review on some great headphones, the Sennheiser CX-400 IIs, so I thought I had better balance it up by reviewing a very poor pair of headphones (in my opinion). The Apple iPod 2nd Generation Earphone were touted to be more durable than the flimsy 1st Gen, but that hasn't been the case for me at all.
I received a pair of these earphones with my new Nano, they come with spare soft ear bud covers, but these are optional to use, and I prefer not to, as I find they make my ears hot, which is probably unhygienic. I used the headphones with my Nano and with my Macbook probably once a week at most over the last year, and they have literally disintegrated.
The ear buds themselves have a rubber ring in grey around them. I have no idea why this has happened but the rubber has gone soft and literally fallen off like plasticine, quite dangerous really as this could have fallen into my ear canal. This means there is a fairly sharp rim around the buds where there is no rubber, which is very uncomfortable. I actually purchased a cheap pair in the pound shop as a replacement - they have been more durable, look nicer, and are comfier!
So there for me is no justification in paying £30 for these flimsy ear buds. Sure, the sounds quality is good and they look trendy enough but everyone is making white earphones these days. My pound shop earphones have lasted me 3 months so far. So on a cost per use basis they win hands down.
I really did not like the Apple iPod Earphones, and I certainly wouldn't be recommending them, or purchasing any more. If I do get another Apple product with these Earphones I would probably sell them on Ebay.
As much as I loved this pair because it took longer to break than the 1st Gen did, I noticed that they were actually more uncomfortable than the first lot. The 1st Gen, which go into your ear and are perfectly shaped, allowing you to lie on them, were a better shape and size, but the 2nd Gen here actually made your music louder and just looked better.
I took mine on holiday for 2 weeks once and, as you do, always lay with one ear on the sunbed but with my headphones in. These particular headphones actually gave me earache for the last week of the holiday - they're too hard and hurt like hell when you've lay on them for so long!
They are a lot better than the 1st Gen which break easily, and these do take a while to break too - the cables started coming apart on mine which is why I started replacing them with cheaper ones, because Apple were very expensive 2 years ago - £30 for headphones!!
I would definitely recommend these over the other Apple Headphones, but would also say keep spares by the side just in case. And don't take them on holiday - use comfy ones if you're going to lie in the sun on your ears!
These are the earphones you receive when you but any ipod from apple, and come bundled with the accessories in the box. These are the stylish earphones you see everyone wearing when you are our and about, and have become the icon of apple, synonymous with ipods and macs alike.
The earphones are completely white in colour and have a very modern and stylish look to them. The fit comfortably in the ears, and are one of the best free earphones I have ever received with an electronic item. I have worn these earphones almost everyday on my walk/commute, and come rain or shine these earphones have performed exceptionally.
The build quality is not perhaps what you would expect from Sony or Sennheiser headphones, but then again these are free with the ipod. I have had to replace my earphones as the rubber seals peeled off and it became very uncomfortable, however i did pick up another pair on ebay.
Why spend silly amounts of money on branded earphones when these are just as good. The bass is clear and the treble is also very good.
Great set of earphones that come bundled free with ipods :-)
These are the standard earphones you get when you buy any apple ipod, they are the iconic white earphones you see in the ears of business men and students alike. They have a nice, sleek look to them, with the 'buds' of the earphones (the pieces which actually go in your ears) they have a moulded shape which is very smooth. Around the actual speaker, there is a circle of grey rubber, which helps to create a seal around the speaker and your ear to increase the volume (remove the seal and you really do notice the difference in the volume). This seal also helps to create a nice, snug fit so that the earphones are comfortable to wear and don't rub your ear.
However, I found that the main downside to the earphones was their durability. I have had an ipod for the past two years, and I am on my third pair. I use the earphones on a daily basis and I find that, after about ten months, the rubber seal starts to peel off until it completely disappears. This leaves the earphones both uncomfortable to wear and significantly reduces the volume. Additionally, at £19.99 for a new pair, they aren't cheap to replace.
These earphones are comfortable and give good sound quality, but don't last. My advice would be to buy non-apple ones when you need replacements.
For the price that they are to buy, you expect the Apple iPod earphones to be something amazing, which to an extent they are. Brand new they give a truely amazing sound, excellent bass, no distortion, no background noise. They can put up with excessive volume very well and are generally hard wearing.
over a period of time the amazing quality that makes them worth buying starts to deteriate. eventually one earphone, or both, will cut out now and again, untill they both go and you have to buy a new pair of earphones.
design wise however it is truely set apart from other earphones on the market. the distinctive feature is the smooth, white design, which makes it truely unique. It fits very snugly into your ear, blocking out most noise that you might hear with other earphones, and also comes with optional foam covers to protect the earphones. overall 7/10
Multi-use for CD/MP3/MP4 and other players. Produces excellent sound quality.