Product Type: Apple headphones
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Apple iPod Earphones
Member Name: EdgySurveys
Apple iPod Earphones
Advantages: Good enough sound quality. They look quite nice.
Disadvantages: The major disadvantage of these is the design, and how they sit in your ear.
I first got an iPod around 2004, which I think was when they were a few years in to production; anyway - it was brilliant, and I have one today that is also brilliant (a classic-style 160 GB) but the standard headphones that are given with the iPod aren't great.
You would also think that considering the price of iPods and Apple products in general (they aren't cheap), that you would get the very best in regards to headphones, as they are the very thing of which the penultimate point of the iPod hangs upon: listening to music!
If you were to buy a cheap MP3 player, you would expect some fairly standard headphones to go along with it and probably not complain, you'd just buy your own, but this is Apple!
Anyway, I know it just sounds like I'm complaining so far but I don't want this to seem OVERLY negative as they're not THAT bad, I just wanted to emphasize that, for apple... they are. In terms of a general pair of headphones, for the average listener, for day to day listening? these will suffice.
== The Design Flaw ==
From a consumer perspective - the major design flaw with these headphones for me is the way in which they 'attempt' to sit in your ear. The actual ear listening bud within the earphone casing is rounded, and pushes 'outward' slightly, so this gives the ear bud a shape which naturally opposes sitting within the ear properly. They always feel like they're half way to falling out.
To continue that train of thought: the actual earpiece just isn't very big or sturdy, it's very small and rounded so like I say, it just feels like it's half way out all the time, and the audio from your headphone isn't very concealed within your ear, it's kind of always 'open' slightly.
== Audio Quality ==
Okay so my major gripe with the standard iPod headphones is the design.
In terms of audio quality? it's not the best, but it's good enough.
Now, I'm not even like, the kind of person that obsesses over every snar or kick drum they can hear; as long as it's loud and clear, and crisp enough: I'm happy.
This is where the sound quality is slightly let down though and again, I think the design and casing could be partially to blame. Due to the fact the listening cover is on a sort of slightly... protruding and rounded bud, the sound is never truly being pumped directly and comfortably on target which allows for outside noise to somewhat muffle or interfere, it can sound a little dense and noisy at times.
Overall I would say that these headphones are... what you would expect from a cheap pair of headphones, and not what you would expect from Apple, or to receive with an iPod. However, I do believe Apple are now offering or have made in-ear versions.
I now have a pair of (not Apple) in-ear headphones for my iPod which I found myself, and they're fantastic. I would definitely recommend in-ear headphones always.
The standard Apple iPod headphones will generally suffice, but I think most people will find or have found themselves upgrading or buying different headphones. But again, generally speaking: the sound quality is good enough, and out of the context of breaking them down and reviewing them, they're not as terrible as I may make them sound. They're just, average.
Summary: I can't recommend the iPod highly enough but, I would buy your own headphones.
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