• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very painful

    • Written by from Ames

    I have tried for the last month to get used to wearing these headphones. They are extremely painful to wear, even after 10 minute of use. It doesn't matter how great the sound quality is if they don't fit. I think the old model was more comfortable and blocked out background noise better.

    10 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    they are terrible

    • Written by from Milford

    They fall out ridiculously easy all you have to do is whip your head and they fly out.

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    poor workmanship

    • Written by from Plantation

    The Apple Earpods with Remote and Mic did not meet my expectations. I was looking forward to better headphones from Apple to use during my workout at the gym. Instead I still experiencing the same problem I had with the old apple headphones. This new apple earpods does not stay inside my ear during my workout and feel very uncomfortable in my ear, which cause pressure against my inner ear. I also get headaches because of the uncomfortable headphones pressing against my inner ear. The only improvement is the audio quality of the new apple earpods headphones. Unfortunately I am very disappointed with the new apple earpods headphones.

    24 of 47 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor fit

    • Written by from Cardiff

    Like others I was attracted by the promise of the research done to ensure Apple's EarPods would fit, but after persuading my nearest and dearest that they were what I wanted for Christmas my experience of the EarPods in use has been very disappointing. They fall out so easily that they require adjustment or re-insertion more than 20 times in a 10-minute walk to the shops. In addition, they are uncomfortable because in an effort to get them to stay in there's a tendency to give them a real inwards push. I normally go for an hour's walk each day whilst listening to my iPod touch, but after trying to get used to the EarPods I'm going back to my over-ear headphones. It's a pity, because I do like the pause button facility and I have no problems over the sound quaility, but for me the poor fit makes the EarPods unusable.

    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad Fit

    • Written by from Colorado Springs

    Much worse than the original ear buds. Does no one at Apple move around while using ear buds? They are fine if you're sitting very still. If you walk, run, or move, they will fall out. The plastic is too smooth for normal day to day life usage.

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Ear Duds

    • Written by from alpharetta

    Sorry, must have bad ears - keep falling out.
    The rubber band around my head to hold them in kept leaving an ugly red line on my forehead.
    Apple, you can do better.

    15 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Painfully uncomfortable

    • Written by from Ashburn

    Not just uncomfortable but painful! Not a hint of softness. Seems to be designed for people with large ear canals. Even when I try to settle them in very gently, barely nudging them in there, they hurt badly. Sound quality is nice if you find them bearable. Pretty looking.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not stay in ears

    • Written by from San Francisco

    These are worse than the original earphones -- at least I could jam those sideways into my ears. It's very misleading for Apple to say: "The Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic are designed to rest comfortably inside — and stay inside — a variety of ear types." They don't stay inside my ears.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from SILKEBORG

    Absolutely worthless! One size does not fit all! If your ear doesn't fit the "universal" size then you're screwed if you want to use these headphones. Do yourself a favor a and replace them at the first chance you get.

    1 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Still don't fit...

    • Written by from New York

    For those hoping these buds would fit better than those darn ones they used to give out with their devices, don't hold your breath. Still keeps falling out.

    Maybe it's my ears, but I dont see why apple can't just make their in-ear buds THE standard. I don't mind getting charged more, but at least I have a product that I can actually use. It's not like I can return them without returning my iPhone. What am I supposed to do with these now?

    Major bummer...

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Keep falling out

    • Written by from Owatonna

    Maybe my ears are not standard but the darn things just will not stay in!

    63 of 109 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Such high hopes.

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I really, really wanted to like the new and improved standard-issue Apple headphones. Sadly, they are still horribly uncomfortable in my ear. The hard plastic seems to find every sensitive area and dig in. Even if I barely place the headphone in my ear, they are not comfortable - and then the amount of background noise from the loose fit makes it hard to hear the music if I keep it at a reasonable level.

    22 of 42 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad fit

    • Written by from Lima

    Falls out from my ear all the time, to hard plastic to it don't grip inside my ear.

    18 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad ear fit

    • Written by from Manchester

    Dont do anything active as these will not stay in. i already wish i had bought something else.

    22 of 44 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Still not right

    • Written by from Honolulu

    It baffles me that a company with so much panache and flair can't figure out the headset design...again....
    WHY OH WHY!! are they made with slippery plastic material...I can't think of ANY headset/earbud out there that's made with slick plastic, that has no other option but to slip out of your ear, with the slightest tug...and does.....!
    I just tried "the new design" officially for the first time walking my dogs, wind blowing, cursing them the whole way, wishing I had my awesome Bose RUBBERIZED BUDS.....that actually STAY PUT IN YOUR EAR cause the RUBBER(optimum word here) allows them to actually stick...duhhhhhh...listen up! all you Design Experts in Ol'Cupertino....

    44 of 103 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Uncomfortable and poor quality

    • Written by from Indianapolis

    These came with my iPhone 5. I've never liked the EarPods Apple produces and thought these might be better. They are still as uncomfortable as the older version and on top of that the sound quality is very poor. Sometimes music comes in clear and I can deal with how uncomfortable they are and big for my ears, but the quality is poor so often it is not worth it. The sound is scratchy and hollow at times. You really have to play with the plug to make it work and no one wants to do that every time they plug them in or every few songs.

    9 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Sacramento

    The EarPods do not fit well. They are unbelievably uncomfortable compared to older versions. They do sound better, but what good is that when you can't keep them in your ears for more than 10 minutes before your ears feel terribly bruised. Older versions I could keep in ear for hours, even overnight, but these left my ears sore beyond belief in a matter of minutes. I've tried to move them around and wear them differently to no avail. If you are looking to purchase headphones, ignore these.

    16 of 74 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not happy

    • Written by from Eugene

    The New EarPods have structural problems that can only be described as product failure. Granted I may have purchased (3 pair now and counting) from a bad batch but it looks to me like this is a product that should not have come to market. First pair has and intermittent right channel. Another pair required a constant pressure on the plug (MacBook Pro) to stop loud humming noise. On Monday I will be returning this set of EarPods and NOT exchanging them. I am done with this product.

    4 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Broke in a month right ear bud

    • Written by from consul

    Bought iphone 5 use earpods up till November 2012, and right ear piece started to scratch. Now the right piece does not work. I support apple 90% but these ear pods are not durable. I support Bose and have used my ear buds for 2 years. You pay for quality. These are not quality.

    32 of 53 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't Fit

    • Written by from Anchorage

    I can't keep these in my ears more than a second or two. If I look down or move at all they fall out. I don't think I have particularly small ears, but these pods seem HUGE. I can't comment about the sound, since they won't stay in long enough for me to hear anything.

    13 of 23 people found this useful