Apple iPod Earphones (USD $29.00)
Website: Apple Store
Having caved in to what must have been significant request, Apple has finally released some sleeker, form-fitting earphones, and I’ve already picked up a pair for my 30g Video.
Having tried Apple’s terrible, tinny, and low-volume in-ear earphones, I was hopeful that these new iPod earphones would finally achieve what I had missed in ditching my old Sony Fontopia earphones – smoother, thinner, and elongated stem earphones that fit so snugly you forget they’re there. I also hoped that the excellent sound quality (in my opinion) that was present in the previous, stock iPod earphones would remain, or improve.
So how do they measure up?
I was in Toronto over the weekend to see a friend who was having day surgery. I took the opportunity to visit the Eaton Centre Apple Store, the first of a growing batch of Apple retail stores now in Canada.
I was with my girlfriend who knew I was interested in picking up a pair and as I laid eyes on the new earphones, I picked them up, examined the box and said “They have them!”. She offered to buy them for me (she knows the way to my heart is often molded in white plastic).
We left to find a nice pub for lunch, and after being seated for a few minutes, I promptly asked to use her 60g 4th gen iPod to try out the earphones. I carefully unpacked them and plugged them in. I straightened the cord, and tucked them into my ears.
Immediately, I noticed they felt smoother and more comfortable, yet snug (the thin circle of light grey at the edge is rubber). Trying out a full sounding track from the Sea Snakes’ debut album Clear as Day the Darkest Tools, I smiled- as the rich, crystal clear and thumping music rang through my synapses.
While the previous iPod earphones weren’t poorly designed by any stretch of the imagination, they weren’t a perfect fit for everyone either. Apple has made a solid attempt (in this author’s humble opinion) to try and make that so.
While paying the premium for another set of Apple earphones while having 2 fully functioning ones already (Original iPod & Radio Remote earphones) seems a bit crazy from an “out of Jobs’ reality distortion field” point of view. Listening to my iPod for hours was impossible because, over time, my ears would easily get sore using the original earphones.
I’m sure these new ones won’t cause the same problem- and instead keep me rockin’ in the free world all day long.