• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Sound. Poor Fit.

    • Written by from Riverside

    I have owned these headphones a total of 24 hours and I've already got earaches in both ears and the beginnings of a blister in my right one.

    I am a big fan of Mac technology. And with the last many pairs of the old style Mac headphones I've never been disappointed. The quality with the actual headphones has improved if anything from the old ones. I'm really impressed by the sound (I'm an amateur and I can tell the difference) and the improved input mic that diminishes background noise (a HUGE bonus since I use headphones as my hands-free device). However they are very, VERY uncomfortable to wear.

    Even for all their improvements, I'm already averse to using them because they hurt. I've also noticed that they feel like they might pop out if I don't put them in exactly the right way.

    I know that Apple products have a history of having to use items "just the right way" (the original iphone mic problem anyone?), but this product isn't well suited for general audiences. It's not convenient to have to constantly readjust the buds to stop your eyes from tearing up from the pain.

    I've noticed that several of the reviewers who had issues with this product were women. Being also of the female gender and having smaller ears. I'm thinking that Mac didn't include women in their calculations when they made the bold claim that the new design made the EarPods "...more comfortable for more people than any other earbud-style headphone."

    It's just simply not true.

    For the quality, I think these headphones are great for $30. That being said, I'd trade them in a heartbeat for any leading competitor brand that offered gel pads or cushions.

    Mac, please make these headphones more comfortable. I know that you can do better with your designs.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a good fit

    • Written by from Salt Lake City

    I have to keep pushing them into my ears to get a good sound. The sound is wonderful, but they dang buds keep falling out. This is very frustrating.

    I have to say that if they would go in just a bit farther, they would be just right. They don't hurt my ears the way some others I have tried do. Maybe duct tape them in?

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Got broken next day

    • Written by from Astana

    Just dropped them on my night table and the cover of the left bud crack opened. Closed it but the left bud doesn't work. Used to sound good though.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound great but always fall out

    • Written by from Redmond

    I will say they do sound really great. Not enough bass, but that's just me. Anyways, they have a hard time staying in. And by hard time, I mean they simply don't stay in. I move around quite a bit, and they constantly fall out. Sound quality doesn't count for much if they can't stay in.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good sound, bad fit

    • Written by from Kingston Springs

    If Apple had spent as much effort with the fit as they did with the sound, these EarPods could potentially earn a five out of five. Unfortunately, the design of the EarPods is clumsy and does not stay in your ear except when you are perfectly still. Running especially presents a challenge when your EarPods are continually falling out every 30 seconds or so. I am disappointed with Apple and I hope they do better with their next product.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    They are good but the right earbud broke within a month

    • Written by from north hollywood

    I would use them to exercise and in a short period of time the right ear stopped working. I thought they would be too good of quality to break so fast but I don't know.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Improved Sound Quality, Fitting Issues

    • Written by from Irvine

    Sound quality is better than previous ear buds but what's the point of developing an improved sound when they're not going to fit the widest range of users. Controls and mic are on par with what to expect from Apple -- they work and they work well.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    An ordinary earphone of $3 worth

    • Written by from Moscow

    Cons:

    - not incredibly comfortable as advertised
    - definitely not stable in your ears
    - can't do sports with this earphone at all
    - wires do tangle easily

    waist of money - there are better choices on the market

    3 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Durable!

    • Written by from Daytona Beach

    Just like every Apple earphones since the beginning of time, the all new EarPods suffer from a durability issues.

    One ear stopped working a year into use.

    4 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Halfway Decent...Just

    • Written by from Rego Park

    I wanted to like these. I thought they would fit well, and the comparisons to "higher end" headphones was intriguing. Now I am glad they were free.

    First, they do not fit all that well. Larger ears means more wiggling and constant re-positioning. As they move the sound becomes tinny. Just plain annoying. On the street they are almost useless, not just because they shift after a mere ten steps, but more so because they are drowned out by minor street noise.

    As to the sound signature, I compared them to my cheap Philips SHE2000, and all I can say is KUDOS TO PHILIPS! The sound on the Apple Earpods has obviously been tuned to accent the bass, but that bass is muddy, with very little detail in the sub-bass. Mids are drowned out and sound like mere tin instruments. Highs, while sometimes mellow, often sound harsh and sibilant.There is a sense of sound separation at times, but it isn't natural sounding. Better than previous earbuds from Apple for sure, but still garbage.

    My cheap Philips (I mean $7.99 cheap) have a richer, fuller sound without over-emphasizing the bass. For classical, jazz, acoustic, singers etc. they are wonderful. They actually sound more like my Bose OE2 than the earpods. Sound is natural and clear, mids are distinguishable from highs, and bass is just right. There is very little harshness, and foam pads help if there is. Outside, these fit so well int he ear that they block out most noise, and the sound level can be kept much lower than the earpods. They also do not slip out, and are comfortable for hours.

    Don't be fooled by price or brand, the earpods are cheap throw ins and are not worth the price. Try something else, you will find better.

    3 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    GET ALL THE WAY REAL!!

    • Written by from Tampa

    Seriously these are the worst! Stop playing around and put some freaking padding on these things! Claps to the genius that finally realized ear holes are not round but COME ON! My ears ALWAYS hurt after wearing these for more than 5 minutes. People are just so far up Apples a++ that they say these are amazing when they really aren't. And my goodness can they come in another color or do we have to keep suffering with these "only white for two uses" ones?!

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    ear pods will not stay in my ears

    • Written by from Minneola

    I love the music and the sound that comes out of these ear pods but the reason I am writing this review is they will not stay in my ears. If i turn my heard they fall out, when I run they fall out (I run every day) even when I walk they fall out. If they would stay in my ears, they would be the best ear pods I have ever owned. I ended up buying a set of yur buds and they are great also (not as good of quality as apple) but the microphone broke after a month. Apple, come up with some type of ear phones that will stay in your ears.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Painful

    • Written by from Sewickley

    My EarPods lately have given me nothing but pain in my ears. I wear my headphones a lot and these have actually given me scabs in my ears. I love most Apple products, but I'm really hoping they reconsider these. The sound is amazing, when I can get them to stay in my ear without a sharp pain.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Meh...nothing new.

    • Written by from OREM

    Sound: 3.5 stars
    Comfort: 1 star
    Cable: 4 stars
    Case: 2 stars
    Microphone: 3 stars
    Controls: 2 stars

    Here's the deal: they sound (finally) up to par with other earbuds. Compared to apple's previous earbuds-the super uncomfortable, hard plastic white ones-yeah they sound and feel better. I think the lower mid range has been improved, yes. Ultimately though, these are still terribly uncomfortable to wear for more than 20 minutes. Why any Apple engineer would think that rigid plastic stuffed in your ear (regardless of its shape) would be comfortable, is beyond me.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good sound quality, bad grip.

    • Written by from Avondale

    I personally give a 5 stars in quality sound, but I don't use this earphones as much as I want
    I've been having difficult problems keeping them on my ears they are constantly falling off and I think
    One of the reasons it's because there is no grip at the tip of it, I would like to see
    A solution about this issue thank you for ear me out!!.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Done at six months

    • Written by from Federal Way

    Six months or less the mic is screwing with your music. It pauses and plays on its own & keeps turning on Voice control when i dont want it to happen!

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Frustrating

    • Written by from Taunton

    Bought these because I was impressed with the sound quality and the fact that they weren't those horrible in-ear phones that seems to be all the rage nowadays. Unfortunately, they don't stay in your ear for more than 5 seconds! I spend more time trying to stop my earphones falling out than I do listening to music. I'm not sure if it's the mic on the right earpod that's causing it to fall out all of my ear all the time or that they're only designed for certain sizes of ears...either way they're very poorly designed.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Won't stay in ear

    • Written by from Melfort

    I cannot get these to stay in my ear . They fall out continually which makes them pretty much useless. The only way these remain in my ears is if I hold them in . Sound was good when I could hear through them

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad sound

    • Written by from C

    These are horrible with noise isolation. When I put it all the way loud, everyone can hear my music and I could hardly hear any. The only way they work we'll is when I put the right one on the left and the left one on the right, which is very uncomfortable. They are actually really comfortable the right way but with bad sound quality. My two choices with these are either comfortable with bad sound, or uncomfortable with good sound.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I HATE THEM

    • Written by from San Antonio

    I admit the sound quality is great but they are too big for my ears. They start hurting after about 5 minutes. These are the most uncomfortable earbuds I have ever used. I wish Apple would still sell the older ones that came with iPhone 4S and earlier.

    3 of 4 people found this useful