My new iPod earbuds suck


One of the things I like best about walking in the city is listening to my iPod. It puts me in my own world, devoid of traffic, loud conversations, gross guys shouting gross things to me. After about a year, my original set of ear buds started to fall apart and so I got some new ones, which, as Apple is apt to do, are upgraded.

Upgraded, or so big and weirdly shaped that they keep falling out of my ears? They stay in if I keep my head perfectly still, which is okay for the train or the plane, but while walking I tend to, you know, look for traffic, and that’s when the buds come flying out. Frustrated, I end up stuffing them in my bag and walking to my destination without the very much needed beat of MIA in my ears.

So what I’ve resorted to using the big headphones that Jet Blue gives out for a $1. These are truly upgraded models from the free version, padded and with surprisingly good sound. I find with the dinky free ones, I have to turn the volume way up, and even then need to cement them to my ears in order to hear anything properly.

But although the dollar Jet Blue headphones work great, I feel rather doorkish in public. Clearly I’m not a DJ nor is it the ’70s. Then again, I’m far less weird than the homeless guy with no pants on. And plus my ears are warm.

Now if only my iPod wouldn’t run out after one hour. Time for another Apple upgrade. Bastards.

4 Comments so far

  1. kim (unregistered) on January 19th, 2007 @ 12:29 pm

    i bought the 50 dollar kinda fancy Apple headphones, the ones that have a more spherical shape and are supposed to sound “so much better.” well they sounded like absolute shit. there was NO bass in them at all, and i had the same issue with them not fitting in my ears as well. i just stuck to the good old fashioned ones my ipod came with. but now the speaker blew on those and i’m looking for a new pair…

  2. Kevin (unregistered) on January 20th, 2007 @ 7:14 pm

    Treat yourself to a pair of Shure E500PTH earphones. They work great, and you can get them for less than five hundred bucks.

  3. Doris Night (unregistered) on January 20th, 2007 @ 8:04 pm

    $500?!? maybe when i win the lottery. . .

  4. Linda (unregistered) on January 29th, 2007 @ 9:47 am

    Maybe I’m too rough with my ear bugs but I am forever breaking them, no matter how gentle I think I’m being. I guess I’ve somewhat succumbed to the fact that I will have to purchase a new pair rather regularly. Despite warrantees, I still seem to get stuck with a broken pair of expensive ones with only mildly good sound quality if that. Someone should come out with an “unbreakable” version.

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