After struggling to use the usual apple headphones which come free with most apple products for running, because they kept falling out of my ears, i decided to purchase these.
In many respects these headphones are good; they solve the problem of the earphone buds falling out of your ears, which is great, and like most other apple products they look cool too. The design of them is very simple, which makes them easy to use but also look clean, stylish, and modern. However, compare to other running headphones on the market they are still very poor. My brother has the sony running headphones which when you compare are a lot better. They use one peice of rubber to hold the headphones round your head which works even better to hold them in your ears, whereas these still have the usual two wires, which although works, gets in the way and are not as sleek. The sony ones are also black, whereas these are white. This is not a practical colour for running headphones because, due to the nature of the sport, you sweat alot so they quickly discolour, black does not.
In theory the way these headphones hold your ipod, round your neck, seems like a good idea. However when running i find in annoying because the ipod hits against your chest. The connection is secure, it means no pockets or armbands but it just becomes irritating.
Other than these points, the sound quality is pretty good and they seem to be more hardwearing then the usual apple headphones.
These headphones are great, I originally bought them because they were the only Apple headphones available in the shop. However, they proved to be really useful for jogging as the headphones jiggle around a lot less than conventional ones do. I think they are also a far more secure way of carrying an ipod around as there are less wires on show especially as you can lengthen and shorten the wires. Something I would definately add though is that the wires that go around your neck are not that easy to clean especially when you are using them to go jogging. They get pretty sweaty on a six mile run!! The Apple brand is great though, it really has revolutionised the way that I use music when I travel. Definately a great buy if you are looking for something to workout with but if not I would reccommend regular cheaper headphones.