• 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.

    121 of 202 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Apples best

    • Written by from Springfield

    The sound is great. But they're always falling out so it's not like it matter. My Sony headphones that are only $20 stay in, why can't these!

    43 of 47 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Pure cibernetic

    • Written by from Sacavém, Portugal

    They fit as if they were part of the human body. Finally I can wear earphones that fit with total stability, don't cause pain and give engulfing sound. Absolut confort sound!

    41 of 43 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!!

    64 of 89 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.

    59 of 79 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.

    64 of 91 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Fit

    • Written by from SOUND BEACH

    I had the Bose and other high end ear buds, but these are a great fit and very good sound, I love them. Also feature of on line controls are a big plus too ! Buy them !

    43 of 49 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love 'em!

    • Written by from Atlanta

    May be the pods are a perfect fit for my ears or my ears are a perfect fit for the pods....
    Whichever the case might be....awesome music experience and a great comfortable feel....

    36 of 36 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Ear Pods

    • Written by from Union City

    Honestly, they're much better than the old ones! They sound much clearer. Love them.

    38 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love 'em!

    • Written by from Fraser

    The sound quality in these are seriously very close to my Bose and B&W in ear headphones.

    46 of 56 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing!

    • Written by from Huntersville

    I bought these EarPods to replace the original earbuds to use while running with my iPod. I have small ear canals and I was really disappointed while running with these because they kept falling out of my ears. I was constantly adjusting and readjusting but they still kept falling out. The biggest difference with these compared to the original is that these have no rubber gaskets around the earpiece to keep them in place, so they just come loose and fall out. I went back to the originals and they stay in place better than these EarPods. If you have small ear canals, don't buy these. It seems to me that Apple should sell 2 sizes, small and large. Although the sound is great, really disappointed with the fit!

    48 of 60 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Spectacular

    • Written by from Medina

    Simply amazing. The microphone is honestly my favorite feature, everyone I've talked to says they hear me perfectly, and I don't have to actually hold anything up to my ears; freeing my hands up for other things like homework or eating

    41 of 46 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING!!!!!!

    • Written by from Oostburg

    These headphones are a huge step up from the previous headphones Apple made. They fit comfortably in you ear while creating a beautiful bass sound. I would argue that they are the same quality as bose in ear headphones. Definitely worth the 30 bucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    44 of 52 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Earpods sound great

    • Written by from gahanna

    Amazing bass, that stub end makes for a great fit.

    41 of 47 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    so amazing!!!!

    • Written by from MEDELLIN

    the best i ever heard

    50 of 65 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

  • 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.

    38 of 42 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!

    • Written by from Toronto

    These EarPods are the most comfortable and acoustic headphones I have ever tried! The old Apple earphones never worked for me, neither did the in-ear earphones. These have the best of both providing the best sound with no seal like the in-ear ones. They don't hurt my ears and the sound it provides is amazing! Perfect for the price to (30$)

    36 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect!

    • Written by from Reno

    The ergonomic new feel is amazing! Feel like no other headphones I've worn. I'm not very picky on sound quality but these headphones provide beyond what I would expect out of $30. The remote and mic is also a great addition that I use frequently. Thanks for revolutionizing the way I listen to music!

    39 of 45 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't Beat the Value of these Ear Buds

    • Written by from Fort Lauderdale

    Fit and finish is every bit Apple excellence. Sound is right up there too. The price may be what's moving my opinion but I feel like I got something for almost nothing.

    34 of 35 people found this useful