Product Type: Apple headphones
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Apple iPod Earphones
Member Name: rosaliecullen
Apple iPod Earphones
Date: 23/05/12, updated on 23/05/12 (53 review reads)
Advantages: Fits my ears!
Disadvantages: Not the greatest quality
Apple iPod Earphones come as a 'free' pair of headphones with any purchase of an iPod (and now iPhone too). I say 'free' as we all know the cost is embedded within the price of the iPod or iPhone but useful nonetheless.
The earphones are quite distinctive as they are white in colour and typically before the launch of the iPod around 2002, headphones had tended to be black or grey in colour. Consequently when I bought my first iPod in 2002, I still used my black headphones as it was easy to identify people who were carrying £300+ devices due to their white headphones. Nowadays, the white headphones are very common and I don't have the same concerns about safety so regularly use the white headphones.
The earphones are the bud type of earphone that you can see in the dooyoo picture. They helpfully have L and R on them to indicate which ear they should go into. Personally, I must have strange shaped ears as earphones typically fall out regularly. Not the Apple earphones though! They have a lovely tight fit and even when I wriggle about (on a sunlounger usually!) they stay in with very little problem. For that reason they are my favourite earphones. Occasionally after a long time, they begin to hurt my ears, but I'm talking about 5 hours per day for two week periods so no wonder they begin to hurt my ears.
I personally believe the sound quality of the earphones is fine. There is no volume adjuster as with other earphones and I would personally like the option of that as occasionally, the iPod/iPhone plays quiet songs and even at full volume it is difficult to hear them [EDIT: Just been told in the comments that the new iPhone has earphones with a sound adjuster]. Generally that is down to the quality of the mp3 not the earphones. I think sound is loud enough on public transport to drown out the noise of irritating people! (don't worry, I'm certain I'm one too!).
The quality of the item is good but not excellent. The grey bits you can see on the photo are rubber and they tend to get dirty easily and the rubber begins to fray after prolonged use or if they have been writhing around in the bottom of a bag for a while so you can end up with just plastic bits to go in your ears which is why it can hurt more.
I'm actually not certain if you can buy these on their own, I know Apple sell the earphones which have a microphone too presumably for voice calls or Skype? If there was an option I would buy these again purely based on the fact they stay in my ears. Less impressed with the quality (minus 1 star).
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