Product Type: Apple headphones
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Would I use them? Yes. Would I buy them? No.
Apple iPod Earphones
Member Name: Cabriolean
Apple iPod Earphones
Advantages: Hardy, decent audio quality, come free with an iPod/iPhone
Disadvantages: Price, Audio Leakage
These earphones are the standard ones that come with any iPod etc. bought from Apple. I've had several pairs over the years as Dad prefers headphones so whenever he gets an Apple product I get his as well.
The audio quality in the newer ones is a huge improvement over the older versions, this is most noticeable in the bass and lower notes which used to be pretty weak unless you jacked up the volume. The bass and overall audio quality is pretty good, I'm not a music critic, but I wouldn't say it's worse than any standard earphones meant for casual usage (not Sennheiser quality or anything like that).
These stay in my ears pretty well for day to day usage, but this varies a lot from person to person and if you are going to do a sport or something that requires a lot of movement you should go for earphones designed for that purpose.
However they are still a lot leakier than my other pairs of earphones, which isn't a huge deal most of the time, but if you like your music loud and are going to be close to others for a long period of time it's something to keep in mind. Also, this 'leakiness' works both ways, which means unless you turn the volume up pretty high they're not very good at drowning out surrounding sounds like cars. If you're hoping to drown out very loud noises, these are definitely not for you.
They're pretty hardy, the first thing to go is normally the little rubber bit covering the jack and base of the wire. Typically they seem to last me 7-8 months, but I can be a little rough with earphones and throw them when they start getting faint crackles and audio quality drops rather than when they stop working.
When it comes down to it, the main reason I don't buy them is price. They are equal in most aspects, apart from audio leakage, to earphones that cost less than a tenner, which I can usually find for £6.99 or less if I just take a couple of minutes to look. I feel the main reason they manage to command their price tag of £15 is the Apple name combined with people sticking with what they're used to.
Summary: These earphones are as good as most meant for the casual user, but are more expensive
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