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My original white iPod earphones that came with my iPod Touch didn't last much longer than 3 months, with one earbud intermittently crackling and cutting out. After feeling dizzy from the audio torture in my ears, I bought a pair of cheap JVC Gumy earphones from HMV for about £5. These were garishly luminous in colour, and fit well in my ears...for 2 months, upon which the same problem with the official iPod earphones happened and my left earbud kept cutting out.
Determined to get a pair of earphones that would last longer than 2 months, I decided to pay a little bit extra - not much more, since I think earphones shouldn't cost more than the machine you're listening to (I'm looking at you 'Beats by Dre'!). I spotted these Sennheiser MX360 earphones for £10 (on sale!) in the same HMV that I'd bought my doomed Gumy's from. Knowing that Sennheiser are a well-respected name when it comes to headphones/earphones, I decided to pay the extra, and I am glad I did.
These earphones look VERY similar to the official iPod ones, meaning that they suit the iPod much better than my fluorescent orange Gumy's ever did. The white cable has turned a shade of grey after being wrapped around my iPod case and rubbing against my jacket, or perhaps just from the dust and dirt of the London Underground commute. This doesn't bother me much, but those who do like things looking like new might want to look for a darker coloured variety.
The earbuds themselves fit nicely in my ears, only really hurting if they are left in there for more than 2 or 3 hours...or if I fall asleep listening to my iPod (which happens much more than I'd like to admit!) - I prefer the outer-ear style of earphones, opposed to the inner-ear ones which just look unhygienic and uncomfortable.
The sound quality suits me and my iPod - it seems clearly than my other two earphones were, but I am no expert when it comes to noise reduction, etc. They suit me well and they haven't had the same problems that my previous earphones did, even after 6 months of use! The one downside is that the plastic covering near the input jack has frayed away quite a bit, and I do wonder whether it may cause me problems in the long term, but besides that, these are great replacement earphones for anyone else whose iPod ones gave up the ghost early on, like mine!