• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not good for small ears

    • Written by from Grapevine

    I love the sound and volume control, however they still don't stay in my ears... I never used the original IPod earbuds because of the huge size.
    These are ok if I am sitting still, but even turning my head causes them to slip out of my ears.

    39 of 43 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Are they small or my ears big?

    • Written by from Pasadena

    They sound and work great. Be better if they didn't fall out of my ears when I'm sitting and turn my head.

    33 of 37 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Yay but nay.

    • Written by from Coorparoo

    These are fantastic for the price, but it is nonsense that they aren't compatible with my 3rd gen. iPod shuffle.

    21 of 29 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Most 5 star ratings Exaggerate

    • Written by from Halifax

    Okay, I've had the original earbuds from apple since 2006 and although they weren't Bose quality they did the trick. I got these new ear pods with my iPhone 5 and agree that they are better. But NOT significantly better. Before I got them I was pretty excited because I was looking into purchasing Bose or Beats by Dre headphones. After reading the ratings I reconsidered because several people proclaimed the apple earpods were better. FALSE!
    These things are an upgrade from the old version, but no where near the sound quality of premium earphones. I gave these a thorough test comparison with the old version and found them to be about a decibel louder and a tad bit clearer. This makes sense, because they are designed to channel sound down the ear canal.
    If your previous earbuds are busted, I'd recommend these. If you're looking for good sound on a budget below $50, I'd definitely recommend these. If you like apple's products and want these to go with your iPod or iPhone as a style thing, I'd also recommend these. HOWEVER, if you're looking for premium sound quality, DON'T let other reviews or ratings fool you. I would never recommend these over Bose or Beats by Dre products.

    38 of 56 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for working out!

    • Written by from Florence

    The title says it all,the sound is nice but the fall out over and over, drives me crazy to have to continue to put them back in my ears, went to apple and bought a new pair that cost around 79.99. I think they planned it this way.So save your money and opt for the more expensive ones.

    17 of 23 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound great but still fall out...

    • Written by from Grand Rapids

    I really wanted these earpods to be the perfect set of in-ear headphones but I'm the .00001% that these were not designed for. They still become dislodged by me simply tilting my head up and down. Walking my dogs, i find myself constantly resetting them so they don't fall out. So anything more than walking is completely out. It'll be winter again soon so I can at least keep them in place with a knit hat.
    All that being said they really do sound much better than the first iterations. They are also much more comfortable to wear. But fallings out as easy as they do is a huge problem for me. I'll have to fork out the big bucks and get some Shure or Sennheiser buds to make sure they stay put.

    Good but not great like apple products should be.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, still falls out of my ear

    • Written by from Alexandria

    The sound is excellent. The earpods fall out of my ear just as often as the old headphones did. They are more comfortable when they're in your ear though. If they find a way to make them stay in your ear they get 5 stars!

    27 of 29 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    good sound, bad fit

    • Written by from Grand Junction

    The sound is amazing, however they are a little large for my ears so they don't sit well. If there is the slightest tug on the cord they go flying out. I wish they made ones with rubber on them so they stayed better.

    20 of 23 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sounds great, but bad mic/controls position

    • Written by from Santa Ana

    I haven't seen anyone mention this, but the position of the microphone is higher than on the previous earphones. It is positioned in such a way that the collar of my shirt is constantly hitting the mic, so the person I'm talking to is constantly asking me what the ruffling noise is. If the mic was a bit lower (back to it's original position), these earbuds would be great.

    The right earbud does seem to fall out when I use the controls to skip to next song. Again, this is because the controls are too close to the right earpiece, so grabbing the controls tends to move the earpiece out of place.

    Sound quality is much better than the previous ones.

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound great but won't stay in my ear!

    • Written by from Morgantown

    I don't get how this can be... I feel like my ears are a pretty normal shape, but I can't walk 10 feet without one or both falling out. My best guess is that they're too light?

    20 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    These things hurt my ears!! Painfully awesome quality,

    • Written by from Austin

    These are the best earbuds I have had in awhile. Only thing that blows is if I try to get them in securely they start hurting. It goes aways...sometimes but that's the ONLY kink about them. I love the quality and I love the little button-microphone-pause-volume-button thing!!!! If you hold it long enough you get SIRI!! how cool is that?

    Roll out some little fuzzy ear covers and I'll bump it up to 5 stars Apple.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound but a bit painful to wear

    • Written by from Stamford

    I had to give these 3 stars, because the sound is phenomenal, but they're incredibly painful to wear. I much prefer the fit of the more expensive, but infinitely more adjustable earbuds that Apple also sells in their line. My hope is that the designers incorporate some of the best elements of the EarPods into the next generation of earbuds. I guess I have tiny ears, because when I wear these for more than a few minutes I get a shooting pain in the area just above where the EarPods sit in each ear. I had the same problem with the previous generation. Still, the sound is superior to most earbuds I've tried and I've tried several different brands in the past few years. I just wish they were made of a little more pliable material.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    nice but too big

    • Written by from bonita springs

    I really like the new ear piece, very innovative and I really like the volume up down and pause. It is more solid the the old version but the only caveat is---WAY TOO BIG for small eardrum. Hope on next release it will be smaller and I will definitely be a buyer of the small version.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Too big

    • Written by from Auburn

    I got these with my iPhone 5 and just had to try them out. To my surprise, they sounded amazing. The only problem is that they are just too big for my ears. I understand apple designed them to fit the general population but if they would just make a pair a little smaller for my ears, I'd buy them in a heartbeat.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, hurts my ears

    • Written by from Columbus

    The sound on these headphones far exceeds that of the old style, but they are too painful to wear for any amounts of time.

    8 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound great, but really hurt my ears

    • Written by from Lexington

    The sound quality of the earpods is greatly improved over the old Apple earbuds, but make sure you try them in your ear first, because if you have ears like mine, they might seriously hurt to wear for anything over a minute. I can usually find a somewhat comfortable position for them , but then any slight movement in the earpod at all causes pain in my ear. I am one of the few people for whom the old apple earbud shape was very comfortable, so as much as I love the improved audio quality in these earpods, I am forced to go back to the old. If you have ears that perfectly fit the old earbuds, make sure you try out the earpods first before buying because they might be very uncomfortable for you.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Comfort of earbuds

    • Written by from CHARLOTTE

    They sound great. But, they are not as comfortable as stated.

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not quite everything

    • Written by from Dixon

    Great sound, check.
    Comfortable, check.
    Good for running and working out, check.
    Incompatible with 3rd gen shuffle, check.
    Forget something?

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not much greater!

    • Written by from Eau Claire

    I don't feel these new EarPods are much improvement over the old. Sound seems to be ok, however still aren't very fitting and come out easily when doing anything active.

    0 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Just Great Sound

    • Written by from Garden Grove

    I haven't used earphones for a while since owning beats, souls, and vmoda's headphones.

    First impression...Sound is right up there with my ludacris souls sl150 (best of the bunch). Bass was present which i didn't expect much of it from these tiny earphones. Crystal clear highs w/ no distortion and well balanced with the mids. Apple got it right with the sound. I'm truly impressed.

    Fitment... Now here is where it gets tricky. i had to play with the left/right just to get it to fit properly without falling off and getting the right amount of sound in my ear. sometimes one side is louder than the other side...thats because of positioning.

    I wouldn't recommend it for doing any sort of strenuous activities as they tend to fall off easily. Brisk walks to the park, sitting at home, or just listening to music at work will be ok. But if you plan to use these for any sort of workouts...Forget about it. I'm not sure if they are sweatproof too.

    2 of 3 people found this useful