Listening to my iPod from 5:00am until the battery needs to be recharged i listen to audiobooks, podcast, and music. These headphones sound great on all of these formats. The controls take a little getting use to but it's nice to have them to control the iPod. I wear the wire under my shirt and keep the iPod in my pocket so the wire does not catch on anything. This also keeps the mic from flopping around while I am busy. I have the worst luck with headphones I kill them all from the cheapest to the most expensive. These have lasted really well for the past two months which is great with me, they usually last two to three weeks.