• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    They hurt my ears

    • Written by from Thousand Oaks

    I agree with the other review about them being painful to wear, I love the features of the remote and the sound is great but they hurt, they are hard and irritate my inner ear. I am so sad that they are not what I expected. If they had a soft rubber coating they would fit more comfortable. Also, when I move my head they fall out very easily...very frustrating. Looking for something similar but have the soft rubber I ear tips.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    hard way to hear beautiful music

    • Written by from tenali

    sound quality is excellent but giving ear pain when u listen for 10min. maybe the plastic body is making that pain

    5 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    After 5 minutes my ears hurt!!!!

    • Written by from Port Orchard

    Ok these earpods have great sound!! Great base, sound quality everything!!!! Except they hurt my ears five minutes after being in!!! ����!!!!

    18 of 25 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Let down

    • Written by from Winnipeg

    The sound is fantastic but I was very disappointed to have them fall out of my ears at any slight head movement. I've always had troubles finding earphone to fit my small ears and was excited to hear that Apple's new earphones where designed to fit most ears.... not mine. They fit just like any other earphones I've tried in the past. Resorting back to my old clip-on style ones... what a let down.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Will not stay in my ears

    • Written by from Phoenix

    I have a hard time with finding an earbud that will stay in my ears and this version is the worst yet. However, the sound quality is much better so I gave it 2 stars.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    To hard!

    • Written by from Atlanta

    The Apple earpod sound is incredible, however the Plastic My is uncomfortable. I suggest Apple to keep the design & make it a little more flexible, add a silicon layer. the plastic is simply dated, It's just to hard.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    still don't fit my ears

    • Written by from Fairfield

    I was hoping new design would stay in my ears but no luck on that front. They continually fall out especially when walking or exercising.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great quality, painful to use

    • Written by from San Antonio

    I bought the EarPods for my mom around Christmas to replace her old pair from her Ipod. She started to complain that her ears hurt from the design of the earpiece so I decided to try them for a week.

    We both agree the sound quality is much better than the old earphones. The EarPods stay in place MUCH better than the old earphones when walking and jogging, but after a while, reinsertion of the earpiece into the ear hurts! It seems to be more painful in my right ear than the left. I may have small ears but for spending $30 on a new pair of earphones, it is disappointing that I cannot be fully satisfied with my purchase.

    I have a Macbook, Ipod Touch and old Nano and I have always been an extremely satisfied customer of Apple products, but the EarPods have been a big disappointment.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not What I Was Expecting At ALL

    • Written by

    The sound quality is amazing but they keep on falling out of my ears when im lying down, sitting, or even when im watching a funny video and i start smiling. Also they always hurt my ears and sometimes I cant believe I paid $35.00 for them when I probably shouldve only paid at most $15.00- $20.00.
    Based on sound quality, I like these ones better.
    Based on fit and comfort, I like the old ones WAY better!

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good sounds quality, TERRIBLE fit

    • Written by from Highlands Ranch

    I was actually impressed with the sound of these headphone...that is until they continually fell out of my ears. Slight, gloss white headphones that simply sit in your ear. As soon as I move my head, neck, legs or big toe, they fall out of my ears.

    These can't be the best Apple can produce. They are going back tomorrow!

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad Fit, but Good Sound

    • Written by from Angola

    They do have a better sound but they are super hard to insert into my ear, compared to the earbuds. I feel that they are too big for my ear because they make my ears sore after only a few minutes of wearing them. 2 Stars because I feel the fit is the most important part.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good sound, terrible build quality/plug wiring

    • Written by from Toronto

    I just destroyed my 2nd pair in 2 months. The sound is great for the price (my other headphones are Westone UM2s, so I expected much less from these), but the jack plug is flimsy and unprotected. With both pairs, the controls stopped working quickly, and then the right ear started cutting out. Wiggling the cable demonstrates the issue is in the plug.

    No doubt the correct Apple approved response to 2 sets of broken headphones is to get hip surgery so the action of walking doesn't cramp the top of my iPhone in a design-incompatible way. I accept that Apple can't be held responsible for humans being the wrong shape for their products, but I think maybe others who also can't afford the elective surgery might benefit from my words of warning: if you buy these, remain perfectly motionless at all times whilst using them.

    19 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good sound, lousy (loosey fit), short cable

    • Written by from Hilo

    The Good:
    Sound is much improved over the previous version of the included headset, especially the mids and bass. Because of the sort-of ergonomic design you must put the left earbud into the left ear and the right into the right ear.

    The Bad:
    The earbuds tend to be easily pulled out of the ear, they may even fall out on their own for some people as the fit feels very loose on me and the hard plastic is smooth with no grip to stay in.

    Once again the cable is too short. It's the same length of the previous earbuds that came with the iPhone 4/4s. Apple needs to stop being cheap and make them at least six inches longer so they don't yank out of the ears when put into pants/shorts pockets. Other earbuds I buy are at least a six to 10 inches longer.

    Packaging is sub-par Apple standards. Is difficult to open without a knife, seems wasteful with the kind of stiff clear plastic that wants to cut your fingers with sharp edges. Would have been nicer to just have a paper box to hold the product. So much for the famous Apple product packaging beta-testing team.

    The Neutral
    The volume/mic control has moved to the right side instead of the left.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from san jose

    i got a new ipod for xmas and i love that. it came with these and they just don't do it for me. the sound is good and all that but they give me a head ache. i don't know if its just me or something to do with the blasting sound straight into my ear drums but they just feel good. head phones r for enjoying your music not to have it on low and have your head hurt after 2 songs

    2 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Even after all of these years, Apple fails to make usable headphones

    • Written by from Forest Hills

    Don't get me wrong, these stay in slightly longer than the older, non-pod models - by about a few seconds when I'm running, for instance.

    But groping for your headphones every few seconds and having your iPod Shuffle fall to the ground because they were pulled down by idiotic headphones that just wouldn't stay in, is not what I would call an amazing, audiogasmic experience.

    Oh, by the way, the sound quality still needs a lot of work. And I mean a lot. Still tinny and pretty much rubbish.

    Probably almost everyone rating these headphones 4+ stars either works for Apple or has never tried a decent pair of $20+ canalphones before.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Most ill-fitting Apple headphones so far

    • Written by from Charlotte

    When I read that these were made to fit extremely well, I was very excited. But my hopes were disappointed, never did I have headphones that fall out of the ears more easily. Believe what others said about this. They are slippery and with one-size-fits-all, how could they fit well? Compare that to Apple's in-ear headphones, they come with three different earpieces!

    The sound is great AS LONG as they are deep and snug in your ear. But that usually only lasts for seconds and then they are loose again and sound worse than most other headphones.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from San Antonio

    I love apple and all their products. I just bought these headphone and they are great except one thing. I am left handed and do everything with my left side. So logically when I use my headphones I switch the ears because of the mic. Though with the EarPods you can't do that. So I came online to see if apple had a pair for left handed people like me who do this. Though sadly they don't, which I can understand due to the fact that most of the population is right handed. Apple, it would be amazing if you came out with EarPods with a mic on the left side.

    4 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, not comfortable

    • Written by from Montreal

    The sound is great, just as good as the originals that came with my iphone 4. However, the shape of the pods heart my ears after about an hour.

    15 of 31 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Didn't last long

    • Written by from Smyrna

    I think these sound a lot better than the previous generic apple headphones but they busted in about 3 weeks. Very disappointed.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound but they HURT.

    • Written by from Montclair

    I just got the new ipod nano with the new earpods. The sound quality is awesome BUT after ten minutes witht hem in my ears start to hurt. They hut from the shape of the buds. I think they are too large for girls small ears.

    4 of 4 people found this useful