• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not great for smaller ears

    • Written by from Bismarck

    While the sound quality is fine, these don't actually fit in my ears. I can get them to stay if I'm not moving, but any kind of activity is out of the question. Moreover, my ears start to hurt after about 10 minutes of wearing them, I think due to them not sitting as they should. Although the aesthetics are nice, visually speaking, they are of little use to me. It would be nice if future models took size variation into consideration. People with small ears should probably look for in-ear buds with the switchable tips.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    They don't last long :(

    • Written by from South Yarra

    After a few months the weight of the microphone or any movement of the cable causes the right earbud to crackle or cut-out completely for a split second.
    I have already had my initial set with my iPhone 6 replaced, ill be taking these back to a store to see if I can get these replaced too.

    Size comfortable and sound quality is very good.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not like they used to be

    • Written by from Toronto

    For years, Apple headphones were made with a very rubbery material that was more flexible than most. However, the last pair I picked up feels extremely cheap. The plastic cable is extremely stiff, which makes it very difficult to coil them neatly before stuffing in your pocket. I don't want to spend 10 minutes untangling headphones each time I pull them from my pocket, so I'm very disappointed in the design change. I'm also very disappointed to find that Apple has made a design change without letting consumers know. Clearly, it's not an improvement or they would have trumpeted it.

    I won't be buying Apple headphones any more.

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not made for small ears!

    • Written by from Beeville

    I love the design of them, don't get me wrong, but they don't stay in my ears and really hurt. :(
    Great quality, great if you don't have small ears.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    One size fits all :/

    • Written by from SHEBOYGAN

    The sound is great... if I hold them in. These barely stay in my ears and sound like cheap headphones unless I press and hold them in my ears. Terrible design.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't last

    • Written by from Stow

    I don't care how good they are, they don't lasts longer than 6 months. This is the third time one ear bud stops working while the other one is fine.

    17 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good sound quality

    • Written by from Al jimi

    Quality is very bad ,this is my third ear pod it's broken today near to 3.5 jack , it's always happens to my friends but I love the sound quality and the way of construction that means the shape .place make it more strong .
    Thank u

    3 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    The Sound is Great and well...

    • Written by from San Antonio

    I love the sound from the EarPods. These are the perfect earbuds for sitting around reading, watching Netflix, or listening to music at work. Unfortunately that's about all you can do with them. They are way too smooth and even the slightest things like smiling or laughing too hard makes them fall out. Running with them is impossible. Between the jostling and sweating I almost just wanted to leave them in a trash bin. I really miss the design of the old ear buds, I wish I was still able to purchase them.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Sounds good, hurts bad!

    • Written by from Bangalore

    These are excellent headphones your money can buy, in fact they are way better than my Panasonic (extra bass variant) and Skullcandy (Ink'd) headphones in terms of quality of audio ouput. There is one major drawback in these Apple headphones - I am not sure if its only me or not, but these phones hurt my ears like crazy! I can hardly wear them for more than 15 minutes after which I literally crib in pain and take them off.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Uncomfortable for small ear canals

    • Written by from Pleasant Grove

    Nobody in my family can get these to fit well—we must all have small ear canals. The sound is great, but after about 15m the unforgiving hard plastic form begins to hurt. If you find yourself swapping out the default silicone earphone tips for the small size on other in-ear headphones, these EarPods might be too big for you.

    2 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Decent sound and fit, but they stop working after 6 months

    • Written by from Tallahassee

    Good: they sound great, they're comfortable, and they're a decent price.

    Bad: they stop working after about 6-8 months. The sound will either stop entirely, cut out in one speaker, or reduce in quality. It seems to be related to wear in the areas where plastic is joined with cord. The cord is just not sturdy enough for everyday use.

    I have bought at least 2 every year since they came out. If I go to an Apple store, they will often replace them under AppleCare (if they have an appointment at the Genius Bar available). But I do not live near an Apple Store, and they do not return products from the online store after 6 months, so I have to pay $30 every few months. If there were a way to pay $100 for earbuds that can actually last a couple years, then I'd do it. Sadly, that'd actually SAVE me money!

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Birmingham

    These headphones are a pain in the backside! I love that they fit so well in my ears and give great sound quality but as for overall quality..... Well that's a different story! I have gone through 4 pairs in the past couple of months. I've had problems with single earbuds just losing sound altogether and then more recently the jack has been breaking off! I am fuming as I love these headphones but they constantly break and if I keep going in store to tell them what has broken this time I genuinely feel like I'm in the wrong and I try to take good care of my headphones!

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Victorville

    these are horrible love the sound but apple needs to seriously stop kicking out support for models of the ipod shuffle, first the ipod shuffle 2nd generation with the whole cord switch, and now with the remote on the headphones ipod shuffle 3g should be supported will all apple remotes, if its not compatible then don't make it, because someone payed 50 dollars for an ipod does not mean to push them out like of they are not allowed. this is ridiculous apple, send out cases with the remote on them if you want to do things like this. :(

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good sound but extremely uncomfortable

    • Written by from Kennesaw

    These earphones have very good sound. They may even be the best earphones available at this price soundwise. However, they are the most uncomfortable earphones I've ever had. I can not wear them for more than 5 mins.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great but....

    • Written by from Ridgefield

    I have had 3 pairs of these and never really had problems until after a lot of usage the sound quality deteriorates as well as the volume. I was really bummed about this and was stuck with them until I got myself a new pair of Beats (A lot better btw...) but I was sad that after spending money buying these they went so quick with usage.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but.....

    • Written by from COROMANDEL VALLEY

    The audio from these little jiggers is fantastic. Nice crisp, but punchy bass. No complaints at all on the audio front. Ergonomically however these little guys are terrible. There is no scope at all to adjust for varying sizes of ear canals. My ear canals are not small, not large, however these things will not stay in my ears, will not seal out any extraneous noises. Seriously Mr Ives you can do better than this.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Won't stay put.

    • Written by from Springfield

    These ear buds have good sound, but not great like some say. I know quality sound! The other problem with these is that they wont stay snug in my ears. I realize everyone has different ear shapes, but these have no "traction". If you want the best possible sound, they need to be snug in the ear or all you hear is treble.

    Three stars for the decent sound.
    Two stars for the fit and price.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    GREAT SOUND... when they work

    • Written by from Memphis

    I love the Ear Pods shape and they are very comfortable but the big problem is that one of Ear Pods goes out meaning you are getting full volume on one side but on the other you could barley hear the music. So please find a way to prevent this from happening.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Clear sound, comfortable but utterly useless in day to day use

    • Written by from Glasgow

    These came with my iPhone 5s, I tried them just to see how they would compare to my Dr.Dre Beats I got with my old HTC some 4 years ago. The sound quality is great - providing you're sitting in your living room with no people around. On the street you can hear EVERYTHING that's going on around you, they cancel zero noise. They are comfortable but don't stay in your ear even when just walking around, forget about running with these. Mine are now permanently confined to my PC at work as that's the only thing they are good for, my 4 year old Beats beat these hands down in just about every single aspect.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very painful :(

    • Written by from Wayland

    They have great sound, but they hurt my ears! After reading other reviews I don't feel so bad. I thought it was just me. But really, the shape is so awkward, the cartilage in my ears hurt so bad I can't wear them more than a minute. Not enjoyable at all.

    3 of 3 people found this useful