• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Too painful

    • Written by from Chesapeake

    I purchased these because the "genius" at the Apple store recommended them. I did not use for over 3 weeks and when I finally used them I realize how uncomfortable they really are for me! The shape really hurts my ears and give me a headache..By then the 14 day return window is past and I am out $30. I really had high hopes for these because my last pair (round type) were great, but this type is definitely not for me!

    22 of 43 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste of money

    • Written by from Toronto

    These might have great sound quality, but what's the point if they won't stay in my ears?. I can't walk 20 feet without them falling out. Don't buy these unless you try them out first.

    65 of 92 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I guess my ears are holding them wrong.

    • Written by from Denver

    I'm pretty glad that these came with my new iPhone, because before making the decision to buy that I was mulling over the idea of dropping $30 on these after experiencing discomfort with my rubber-tipped earbuds. On my very first time out with EarPods I noticed that they felt remarkably loose. Granted, they were not as loose as Apple's previous earbuds, but still enough that after five minutes of walking to my car, these were ready to fall out.

    57 of 80 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    What was apple thinking??

    • Written by from belfast

    They look gd in the package & that's about it. When u put them in your ears they are worse fitting than the last apple earphones, they fall out of ur ears, as much use as a chocolate fire guard. Apple took 600 people & designed the around their ears, are u sure it was not 600 aliens? This is the worst product that apple has ever delivered to the customer, chimps could of designed better. Don't even consider buying!

    36 of 131 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    terrible headphones!!

    • Written by from TAURANGA

    I seriously have only had these headphones for about 4 - 5 weeks now and they are failing!
    In the left ear it has gone extremely quiet and in the right ear it has gone a little bit quiet, my ears are perfectly fine but the headphones a very messed up, i carry my earpods in its case so that they dont get damaged.
    I thought this was a quality brand, maybe not!

    36 of 77 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible, loose fit

    • Written by from Chicago

    These "redesigned" earbuds are terrible - they feel so completely loose in my ears and keep falling out. Waste of $30. I only got these because I lost the previous model Apple earbuds, and thought I might as well upgrade to the latest and greatest...instead I just upgraded to the latest, far from being great.

    39 of 61 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I Found them really bad.

    • Written by from Los angeles

    It doesnt feel good while walking, running, or even sitting.

    24 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    They HURT!!!

    • Written by from Danville

    These headphones sound great but hurt. Please, make them with some sort of cushioning and/or in smaller sizes. I am so disappointed!!

    65 of 91 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Buyer Beware

    • Written by from El Paso

    These earphones do not fit very well. Maybe my ears are too small or the earphone tiny handle is too long. They basically keep falling out when walking. I'm returning mine asap. The old earphones at least had a rubber cap to keep them from falling out of the ear. Great sound....Poor design.

    61 of 81 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    New design ear buds, They just fall out

    • Written by from Calgary

    Bad design. should have provided the silicon soft buds for the price of the iPhone 5. Or give the consumer the option to upgrade to them.

    21 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Too Slippery in the ears

    • Written by from san jose

    Although the sound effect is good, it keeps falling off my ears.

    57 of 83 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible fit

    • Written by from Lakeland

    I must preface this by saying that I am both an audiologist (doctoral hearing healthcare professional), a musician, and an audiophile (lover of music).

    The fit of the old earbuds was terrible if you did not have a larger ear. The best solution was to have custom molds fabricated to fit the end. I was looking forward to the new EarPods because of all the "research" and their "hundreds" of ears that they scanned, as well as the supposed better sound quality.

    I do have small-ish ears for an adult and have been wearing custom molds attached to my oilds Apple earbuds for years. The new EarPods are an awful fit. Lots of acoustic leakage from outside noise in. They also fall out of my ears after less than a minute. If I'd paid extra for these, I would have taken them back; however, they came with my iPhone 5. The sound quality seems much better than the earbuds alone if I take my fingers and shove the Pods into my ears, but that's not very practical. I still am using my old earbuds with my custom molds which actually results in excellent sound quality as the molds direct the sound adequately into the ear canal and at a deeper point than any type of bud headphone would, and when sound is presented closer to the eardrum, there is better preservation of the signal.

    Additionally, and MOST importantly, custom molds provide less acoustic leakage and, thus, the volume does not have to be turned up very high on your audio device which reduces the risk of noise induced hearing loss. I am not the only adult with small conchas (ear bowls) and children definitely have smaller conchas. So, for millions and millions of people, Apple is falsely advertising these EarPods as excellent in fit when really their poor fit will have listeners cranking up the volume and risking noise induced hearing loss. Thanks Apple - until you improve your design, I will stick with my improved oldies-but-goodies.

    122 of 203 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Still Do Not Work As Advertised

    • Written by from New York

    I wanted to be happy, I wanted to finally have an apple provided headphone work but the same old issue remains.

    Although apple made some overall improvements to the sound quality, the one major issue remains that these earpods/ in-ear headphones just do not stay in your ears.
    Try wearing these and walking for more than a few steps and you have to constantly adjust due to the cheap plastic that these are made of.

    51 of 69 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not what everyone else is listening to

    • Written by from Spruce Grove

    These in ear headphones sound horrendous. There is absolutely no bass and they just sound tinny. I seriously don't think I have heard any headphones this bad before. Even headphones that airplanes give away for free sound better than these. They also do not stay in your ear at all. I am not to sure why Apple is saying these are the best things since sliced bread. Are mine broken from the box?

    22 of 66 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't stay in the ear

    • Written by from North Royalton

    When will Apple get the point that slippery smooth plastic earbuds will slide out of the ear just like that original. You need some rubber backing to help stay in place. I returned mine after one hour of trying these...Very disappointed in them.

    49 of 74 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Wasted Three Years of Development

    • Written by from Carmel

    Fall out of my ears in about 10 seconds unless I'm sitting still. Hey it's cool I shouldn't walk or run and also try to listen to music.

    38 of 54 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Really People?

    • Written by from Salem

    I dont know why these are getting such good reviews. They came with my iPhone 5. I couldn't find my Sony's one day so i figured i would give them a shot. I didn't know Apple had managed to make plain plastic earbuds MORE uncomfortable. They have zero weight so they don't hang properly in your ear and the sound is thin and hollow. These have zero redeeming value, not even as a backup pair. I would give 0 stars but that isn't an option.

    43 of 65 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound great...won't stay in place

    • Written by from Grand Rapids

    I love the sound quality of the new EarPods but they do not stay in my ear for more than a few seconds before I have to adjust them. I have all but given up on them at this point.

    45 of 59 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Better earphones but still falls out

    • Written by from FLUSHING

    They def sound better, however they constantly fall out of my ears. I recommend trying them first because its a waste if you can't even use them. Can't even use headphones after spending 300 bucks on a new iphone..... fail

    41 of 69 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    volume control too sensitive

    • Written by from steep falls

    The control piece (remote) in the wire when it touches my shirt collar or even my skin turns the volume down to basically off constantly!!! Almost impossible to get volume turned back up, have to use the buttons on the side of the phone. It's got to be defective. No one else is complaining about such a problem so tomorrow going to Apple store to exchange for another pair. They fit my ears great even when sweating stacking wood and better sound Quality than my old pair. I got them with my iPhone 5.

    12 of 27 people found this useful