• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Leap backwards.

    • Written by from Billund

    I just got the new iPhone 6, and with it came these new headphones. I was looking forward to a new pair since the microphone no longer works in my old set, due to lack of proper treatment. I don't really know how to feel about the new design of the EarPods. I need cover for them in order for them to sit in my ear, but that was the same case with the old ones. However I was surprised and honestly a bit sad to find out that the sound quality had dropped. The sound is metallic and does not provide the same feel of depth as my old set does. It feels as if I am using a 3 $ headset.
    Not the standard I was expecting from Apple with this product.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    • Written by from New York

    For their price, they really are the best in the market, at least for me. The previous headphones were also awesome, one lasted me two years but then I lost it, and then I got the 5s and I lost those too! The price raise isn't cool, like just because they're a different style doesn't mean that the price should be different too, but they are worth it.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound BUT extremely uncomfortable

    • Written by from Cheboygan

    The earpods have great sound. They sound much better than the old ones. I got a pair to come with my iPod. However, after only 20 minutes of wearing them my ears hurt so bad and I started getting a headache. At first I thought it was because the sound was so good that maybe I had it too high. But after testing them with no sound at all, I found out it was the earpods themselves. The shape stays in my ear great, better than any other earbuds I've ever used. However, they are so uncomfortable, I only use them when I have absolutely no other pair of earbuds. I feel like the earpods are made for people with bigger ear canals. If you're like me and don't have gigantic ear canals, then be prepared, because it might hurt. Also, I've had mine for about a year and they have not broken like a lot of people are saying, but like I said, I rarely use them.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Complete fail.

    • Written by from Livermore

    The slightest movement causes these to fall out of my ears. What garbage.

    12 of 23 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good sound, terrible quality/value

    • Written by from Traverse City

    While the sound of these headphones is really good for earbuds, the actual product's durability/lifespan is TERRIBLE. I got my first pair when it came with my iPhone 5. They worked well for almost a year, when the left earbud stopped working. I went out and bought another pair, which lasted roughly 6 months until again: the left earbud stopped producing sound. After that I used a cheap pair of Sony earbuds (which still work after 2+ years). Then my dad got the iPhone 6, and gave me the headphones that came with it. I've been using them for a little over a month, and today the left earbud stopped working. I will NOT be buying these again, no matter how good the sound is for the few short months that they work. I've already gone through 3 pairs in less than 2 years.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Here's a trick that makes them sound even better!

    • Written by from Grand Rapids

    If you press on the back of these EarPods while they're in your ear, you'll notice a definite improvement in the sound quality. I took a pair of foam earplugs I got on a recent flight, inserted them behind the pods, and SHAZAM!!! Great sound! They stay very securely in my ear, help to lessen outside noises, and are a LOT more comfortable than the earbuds with sound mufflers that fit way down in the ear canal.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible!

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    After the first time of use, my ears were so sore, the shape is just wrong. Very painful for the inside of my ears, had to switch to the old round apple earphones. Too bad i have two pairs of the earphones i can't use :( bad design!!!!

    9 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Not your typical bundled headphones!

    • Written by from Red Deer

    I've used the typical Sonys for years for my mobile devices and they are great workhorses. Pretty much any bundled earbuds seem sad in comparison. With this in mind I just tried these ones with my new iPhone 6 and WOW.... As a fan of in-ear monitors I expected this ducted design to have some impact on the sound but this really is between earbuds and IEMs! Rich bass and full sound across the rest of the spectrum yet they're comfortable and easy to insert and remove. If you already know the clicking protocol from older remote headphones, these also support it so you can FF, REW and skip tracks forward and back with the right number of clicks of the play button. As soon as I tried these I had to come here to see how much they would cost since I'll be getting more as soon as these ones wear out!

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Haven't found anything better

    • Written by from Little Rock

    Sound quality & comfort of earbuds are very personal & subjective things. That said, I've tried Klipsch, Bose, & Harmon Kardon earbuds that cost $100-$150. I listen to rock, pop, blues, & some jazz. I am a hobbyist musician & consider myself to have a pretty discerning ear. In the under $200 price range, I have not found any ear buds with better overall sound quality or comfort. I have not tried custom fit earbuds (that usually cost over $400) so I can not comment any any comparison to that category of earbuds. EarPods produce deep, rich, balanced sound & stay in my ear without causing discomfort. Unless you're looking for over the ear, true noise canceling headphones, for $29 (or free with your new iPhone) these are pretty much all you need.

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible

    • Written by from salt lake city

    I don't know if these things sound good or not. There is no way for me to get them to stay in my ears. Soon as I move my hands away they fall out. Completely useless. Would rate zero stars if I could.

    9 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Good, the Bad and The Ugly

    • Written by from toronto

    I got two pair of this iPhone Earplug. One of them stop working just 12 months and one day after purchased, the other one still working perfect after a long swim in the Ocean on my pocket, after I Found them inside my short pants pocket getting out of the water I thought THIS IS IT , BYE EARPLUGS. But not
    They still working perfects. So I think all is about to get Lucky with this Earplugs .

    0 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Just "For the Price"

    • Written by from Patterson

    I listen mostly to orchestral classical music. For this, you need much more than "great bass." In fact, when 50 or more instruments are playing at once, bloated bass can get in the way. What you need is balance from top to bottom. I have a pair of IEMs that deliver it just right. But in search of 'outer' earbuds that provide similar balance, I've tried $10, $15, $40, $80, $100, and $140 buds. All respectable brands. And I find every one of them distracting in some way. One sounds tinny. Another, toylike. A few sound too murky at the bottom. One is refreshingly clean and open, but lean--too lean to faithfully reproduce the sound of a full size orchestra. I've tried each one with earpads, without earpads, and with donut-foams. And none of it is satisfactory. Sure, these higher priced buds might enable me to hear a flutist take a breath or a cellist turn his page, but there is always some aspect of the music that is annoyingly out of balance.

    And now I try Apple ear pods, and find them . . . the best. Deep, rich, clean, crisp. And balanced. I can listen to the music without being distracted by some recurring idiosyncrasy. AEPs just give me the music.

    Now, I find this disturbing. Why should so many more-expensive earbuds have such significant flaws or deficiencies when a pair of $30 ear pods can get it right? I don't know the answer. Of course, sound quality is a subjective thing, so maybe it's my ears that are flawed and deficient. But at the proverbial end of the day, I have to trust my ears over the reviews, experts, and critics. And the Apple ear pods sound, to me, just right. Balanced. And not just "for the price."

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    EarPods

    • Written by from Mylor

    I got my Apple EarPods with my iPhone 5s for christmas in 2013. I was extremely impressed with the quality of sound and they made my music sound 10 times better then it did with the old Apple earphones. I have been very pleased with the quality up until now. I have owned the EarPods for under a year and the left EarPod has stopped working. It started to go faulty a few days before it stopped working completely. I would have to keep pushing it into my iPhone to keep both EarPods working. I am torn because I love these EarPods and the sound is incredible, but If they had lasted longer I would have rated them 5 stars.

    8 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't last long

    • Written by from Toronto

    Over 2 years I have bought two sets of these earpods. Each pod has 2 speakers one at the side and a main one. the main one went bad on both sets. This is the third time I am getting a replacement. They sound fantastic for the price BUT, they don't last long..

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not long lasting

    • Written by from Chicago

    Apple is increasingly lowering the quality of their not flagship products. This broke a little over a year after purchase. Previous Apple headphones lasted me for several years. It did, however, sound better than than their previous model and was better fitting in my ear, but I'm giving it one star solely on the longevity. I mean, they broke my trust, I'm hesitant to buy an apple replacement now.

    8 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Practical, efficient, and forgiving. SURVIVED WASHING MACHINE AND DRYER.

    • Written by from Central Point

    Firstly, I'd like to say that I love the remote feature. I know it sounds like a first-world thing to say, but it truly is a wonderful convenience to have that, especially while I'm running.

    However, the reason I came to write this review is has nothing to do with the remote. Here's the story: so I'm studying in college in Hungary, and it's much more of an expense and hassle to buy these here than in the States. One fine morning I realized that it was laundry sign-up day and my clothes were way overdue. Naturally, I dumped everything in the basket labelled with name, paid, and forgot about it. That night, I retrieved my neatly folded clothes and left them next to my bed. When I grabbed my favorite sweatshirt at 3:30 the next morning, I noticed a crackle in my pocket. It was one of the papers I had so foolishly written in pencil on actual paper. Washed and dried. As I began searching through the rest of my clothes, I found that I had washed and dried THE REST OF THE SEMESTER'S WORTH OF HOMEWORK. All of it. No biggie, right? The semester was half over and I was ahead. It would be easy to redo. So I set that problem aside to go on my 4:00 am run.

    My earphones were not where I thought I left them.

    It was dark, though, and my roommates were sleeping so I couldn't perform a thorough search. So I settled for my backup pair of Sony earphones with only one working earbud. There was a lump in the small, upper-arm pocket of my running jacket. After my run, I investigated. IN WAS MY PAIR OF APPLE EARPODS. Washed and tumble dried low.

    For the next four weeks, I relied on my half-operational Sony earbud. At last, during a scheduled dorm cleaning, I decided it was high time to get closure and throw away my favorite pair of Apple earphones. But first, I plugged them into my iPhone and hit play to Coldplay's "Viva La Vida."

    They crackled once, then played the ringing notes with full sharpness and clarity of sound.

    These EarPods survived the trauma of Hungarian a washer machine, iron-rich water, and a (slightly inadequate) dryer machine.

    I still need to rewrite all my papers, but once I sat down, I felt that it would not be just to postpone writing this review any longer. So as I go back to my papers, I just want to say: these EarPods are awesome.

    4 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    So much for bedtime listening...

    • Written by from Hungry Horse

    It has a clear sound, sure, but the bass was so overwhelming that it hurt my ears and ruined my favorite bedtime music. I am seriously upset about this change. The earbuds that came with my iPod Touch 5 were perfect, but then they broke, thus I accidentally wasted money on this...

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Didn't last long

    • Written by from Kamrar

    I had these headphones for about a year. Used them almost daily, mainly with my phone and computer. After about 4 months they started to get staticky and shocked me on multiple occasions. I kept using them because they were so expensive, and eventually the stopped. Recently the left right headphone has died completely. Considering that I bought these when the price was closer to $40, I really don't appreciate them dieing after such a short time.

    I really like the built in remote, especially using my phone so I don't have to dig it out to change something, but they broke so fast that they weren't worth the price

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple earpods

    • Written by from cedar springs

    As a long time music consumer,who has spent more than he should on speakers headphones and most recently earbuds...I am so happy with the sound quality of my Apple EarPods! The sound equals or exceeds most products at five times the price. As for the dubious remarks on longevity and comfort....bull I've drifted off to sleep many pleasant evenings and awoke with EarPods still in place. 8 months of everyday use at least 4 hours a day. If they die I won't hesitate to buy another pair. Thanks apple!

    0 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very uncomfortable to wear

    • Written by from Raleigh

    The sound quality is good however it is super uncomforable to wear, after a few minutes your ear lobe starts to hurt. Apple please redesign the shape of the plugs or use a softer material

    5 of 12 people found this useful