• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    And the shoddiest earbuds of the year award goes to...

    • Written by from Modesto

    I bought these things and the remote stopped working after a month and then one of them blew out a few weeks later and I don't even listen to my music loud.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Apple Valley

    Rubber Ear buds fall off very easily and get lost right away. Design flaw and not worth it for the price.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Build Quality

    • Written by from Pottstown

    I got a pair of in-ear headphones when they were redesigned a few years ago. The sound quality is quite good, for the price and for in-ear headphones. However, after a few months, the left earbud would no longer produce any sound. I took good care of them, wrapping them and storing them safely whenever they were not in use, so I didn't think it was a problem on my end. I took them into my local (read: 45-minute away) Apple Store, and had them exchanged for another pair, as they were still under warranty. Again, good audio quality, but the same problem happened in about six months. To save some time, I'll just say that today, my sixth pair (all replaced under warranty) died in the left earbud. Apple told me last time that they will no longer give me any replacements, even though the warranty is technically renewed every time I brought in a broken pair, and I am still within a year of the last exchange.

    Thank you, Apple, for poor customer service on your poorly built headphones. I'll be getting my headphones from a trusted manufacturer, this time.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Houston

    These might be the cheapest sounding headphones I have ever owned. I don't know where people got the idea that they sound good, there are a lot better options out there for this price.

    Would not recommend.

    16 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good - when they work

    • Written by from WINNIPEG

    Fitted snugly in your ears, these phones deliver very fine quality sound. But if, like me, your ears and the three ear bud sizes are less than a perfect fit, you can find these popping out all too easily unless you're listening while comatose. Probably this is a generic problem with in-ear headphones of any brand. What's prompted me to write this review is early failure of these expensive phones.

    First failure: about three years into my use of them, the remote stopped communicating with their device - my second generation iPod Touch. No more convenient remote-controlling of volume, pausing, fast-forwarding, skipping etc. I also began having random events where songs started skipping automatically, as often as every 5 or 10 seconds. Phooey.

    Second failure: Yesterday - hey, what happened to the left channel? Today - it's still not there, whether plugged into the iPod or (to troubleshoot) my Macbook.

    So, after just ~3.5 years of moderate use, these phones appear to be toast, which, come to think of it, is pretty much what my 2nd gen iPod Touch is becoming, thanks to its orphaned version of iOS.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DONT BUY !

    • Written by from Mannheim

    Useless purchase - pops out of my ear every few minutes because of the rubber padding. Try it for your ear before you get it... so disappointed. :(

    11 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Arlington

    They sound great but that's about it. For the most part Apple makes great long lasting products but these are cheap. I'm on my second pair of these because the remote on the first set broke, the buttons no longer worked. So I thought I'd try another pair, and about a year later, the remote broke again. Same problem as before. The buttons just stop responding. Very upsetting to pay $80 on something that doesn't last. I'll never buy another set of these from Apple ever.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from WARRENVILLE

    I listen to high quality music and hours upon hours a day - everyday- and these are the most comfortable, best sounding I have ever worn in my life. I've owned Sony's, Bose's, Stein's, and Panasonic's, etc. I throw out the original headphones that come with the Iphone's in the box because their ya know :) Comfort is the most important, and then sound quality, sound immersion/isolation, and these deliver. Amazing... Just believe me and get them.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple earbuds

    • Written by from Omaha

    Anyone who complains about these earphones either doesnt have the right size tips, they come in small med and large,and are given away for free when you lose them from Apple, or you dont know how to use the equalizer on your devices, or are just "I hate anything Apple"trolls". These are easily worth the extra money they cost over the default ones included with your device!

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Connector (plug) awful...

    • Written by from San Nicolas de los Garza

    I found this pair of ear phones great in quality and sound, but the connector is rubbish! Most men have our iphones in our pants pockets and the bend that is caused when sitting ends up disconnecting the cable with no chance of repair. Apple should do an "L" like most other headphones and better quality, more sturdy in the plug.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love 'em

    • Written by from San Diego

    I lost my old pair traveling so I went into the Apple store and decided to give these a try. I love them...super comfortable and sounds great. The bass could use some love but for the most part they're great.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad Design. Ear bud stuck deep in ear

    • Written by from Xenia

    Do not buy these. Ear bud popped off and got stuck DEEP inside my ear. Required instrument to remove and was painful.
    Should not receive even 1 star.

    22 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Misleading Reviews

    • Written by from Maroussi

    I rarely write reviews for products. But while I was taking a look at the reviews that were written for Apple In-Ear Headphones, I felt that some stuff must be named the right way.
    The product has an exceptional value for money. For 89 EUR (Greek Price) NO other competitive headphones offers the volume, quality and precision of sound In-Ear Headphones does. Just for that product deserves five stars. Additionally the isolation level is high and a frequent air plain traveler with hundreds of flight hours with either turbine as well as propeller engines, say that.
    Complains about on ear stability cannot judge a piece of sound reproduction and can easily be settled using different ear tip size or by keep them clean.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    You'll be sorry you bought these

    • Written by from Cambridge

    The earbud tips pop off all the time (simply taking them out of your pocket will cause them to fall off). And once you lose the tips, these $80 earbuds are useless.

    For those that are already suffering this miserable design, I found that you can buy 12-pack replacements on Amazon for $10. If you are traveling, you'll want spares.

    Also worth noting, if you use these while exercising, they will short out causing your iDevice to skip songs or jump into fast forward mode.

    One of the rare examples of an Apple product that is truly awful.

    18 of 24 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Disappointing!

    • Written by from Anywhere

    I purposely upgraded from the standard ear buds to the high-end model, fully expecting a dramatic improvement in sound and comfort.

    To be fair, these are noticeably more comfortable than the standard issue model, allowing extended usage without wearer fatigue, common with the lesser model.

    Unfortunately, the improvement in audio is only marginally better, and specifically limited to high frequencies. The single greatest drawback of these ear buds is their shocking inabliity to reproduce low frequency sound faithfully. I thought I was listening to an old AM radio when using these!

    Switching between the different size silicon inserts offered no improvement in fidelity or even appreciably improved sound isolation from exterior noise.

    To convince myself I wasn't imagining all this, I did an A/B comparision with a pair of J-Labs J6 J-Buds. There was no contest. While both reproduced high frequencies admirably, the J-Labs were so vastly superior with low frequencies, there simply was no comparison at all.

    Do yourself a favor and save yourself $80 with these. J-Labs are just better and at a fraction of the cost (I got mine for $24.99 at Amazon).

    As a professional broadcaster for 37 years, take my word for it - these AREN"T worth it!

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    The Worst of all

    • Written by from LONG ISLAND CITY

    -it's more comfortable than the old ones
    - louder
    -I returned it twice to apple because of technical problems
    first time it keeps playing and changing songs by itself
    second time: the volume keeps breaking off and on by itself

    i have the old apple headphones they were not a disappointment like the new version and for 30$ not worth it.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    very unhappy

    • Written by from Carlisle

    The plug broke off in my iPad and could not be removed. Because it was deemed to be physical damage to the iPad (less than a year old), the warranty did not cover damage to the iPad.

    Earphones no longer useable, and iPad destroyed, no thanks to Apple.

    0 stars for this product.

    11 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Replacement Sleeves/Tips

    • Written by from Indianapolis

    These headphones rival the best out of the box. However, if your looking for replacement sleeves/tips, Sure EA306 Triple Flange Sleeves will only make them better. They can be purchased for less than $10 and you get three sets. For those with complaints, I encourage you to give these a whirl. I did make a slight modification to fit my ears by cutting off the smallest flange, thereby leaving two flanges.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best I have found.

    • Written by from UNIVERSITY PLACE

    These are still my go-to in-ear headphones. I hear the music in very crisp, clear tones, not muffled like so many of the VERY EXPENSIVE in-ear and over-ear headphones I have purchased. I also do a lot of dictation, and the quality of these earphones is so far above, yes, the expensive ones.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I was surprised

    • Written by from Watauga

    I got these as a Christmas gift 2009, well they're still going strong. The mic doesn't work but I don't even use it anyways. These ear buds have been through A LOT, I've probably washed them in the washer like 5 times and have been through the dryer twice. Still sound as good as they day I unwrapped them, and the inline volume and music controls still work. But with their age they are beginning to fall apart a little, but for the 80$ we paid, I'd say they were well spent.

    4 of 6 people found this useful