Apple IPod In-Ear Headphones–Excellent, for Overpriced Cheap Headphones

Although they really aren’t bad for cheap earbuds, the Apple iPod In-Ear Headphones are best avoided if you like your audio.

Apple IPod In-Ear Headphones--Excellent, for Overpriced Cheap Headphones
Apple IPod In-Ear Headphones–Excellent, for Overpriced Cheap Headphones

You see these headphones everywhere. At the gym, riding the bus, walking down the street, almost everywhere you see somebody listening to their iPod with these included headphones. Many people use these because they bought an iPod and never bothered to find other headphones, while others buy them separately for use with other mp3 players or CD players. And really, they aren’t bad headphones, considering. For something so mass produced and cheap, the sound is surprisingly bright and accurate. However, the bass is lacking, and the overall effect is somewhat underwhelming.

I also find the Apple iPod In-Ear Headphones to be rather uncomfortable. Obviously, this varies from person to person, but I find them not to fit well, and to be uncomfortable for long term listening. Again, however, they are much more comfortable than some of the cheap earbuds on the market. One other thing to point out here is that the design has changed. Apple has apparently ditched the initial design of the iPod earbuds in favor of a somewhat more conventional, streamlined design. Personally, I find the new version to be less comfortable.

Many people don’t realize this, but at least in my opinion, one’s choice of headphones is much more important than one’s choice of an mp3 player. While any mp3 player can crank out the same signal, it is the headphones that determine how you experience your music. Almost all mp3 players come with some sort of crummy set of earbuds included, Apple being no exception. (Although honestly, the Apple iPod in-ear headphones are a lot better than the things some companies provide) Consider spending a bit more money on headphones, and possibly less on the mp3 player itself. I am very glad I did.

High quality headphones vary greatly in type, sound quality, and price. If you are on the market for some kind of in-ear headphone, I would recommend looking at in-ear monitors, which have recently been made available for public sale. Even a $100 pair of in-ear monitors will provide sound far out of the ballpark of what the Apple iPod In-Ear Headphones will give you. They will also be much more comfortable, and will form a seal with your ear to block out extraneous noise. There are a wide variety of over-the-ear headphones on the market, ranging from decent ones for $75 to the amazing Bose noise canceling headphones for $300. Do your research and buy as good a pair of headphones as you can afford. You will thank yourself.