They came out a year and a half ago IIRC. Noone bothered to check them out, I guess. I am guilty of the same - they ended up sitting in a box for months before I gave them a try.
It's been a bit confusing because they originally cost about $25-30, then the MSRP shot up to $45, and now they can be found for <$20.
I decided to go for the Steelseries Flux first (another budget in-ear without an audiophile brand behind it that I thought sounded surprisingly good for the price) but will make time to review the PNY afterwards.
I'm rather blown away at $17. Weirdly enough, i'm enjoying them more out of my amp than my iphone. I'm liking them a lot more than anything i've purchased in this price range in the past - although i suspect i will eventually have to get some M1HC, but i don't think those are available at the same price as the midtowns. I'm seriously thinking about trying the uptowns as well.