I'd be curious what like priced and like featured earbuds you would suggest over these.
Oh, lord, I don't know if anyone actually makes earbuds that cost over $10. JVC Gummis? $10. The only one I can really think of at $30 or higher is the Sennheiser PMX680's sports earbuds stuff. But anything over $10 means you can get way better IEMs.
I'm sure that they will pull it off in a big way thanks to their fanboys.
yuin stopped making earbuds ?? what about sennheiser's omx980, technically still earbuds albeit attached to a frame ??
I think the sony earbuds which have that half in-ear style happen to be the best earbuds I've heard, certainly in the budget range (the most recent being the ed12s, which have superb mid and high end though lack in bass a bit compared to previous models). Regardless, even if these apple earbuds sound at least as good as those, the price is steep, and considering every apple earbud I've ever heard has been dreadful, I'm not getting hopes up. Would like to hear impressions though if anyone does pick them up.
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Last sentence made me laugh...
Personally I thought the ibuds that came with my iphone 4S sounded pretty good. I don't really understand what all the complaints are about. People seem to be making them out to be the worst headphones ever made. Imo, they are by far the best pair of headphones that I have got that came stock with an audio device I purchased. I know that's not saying a lot but I still think they are pretty solid. I own the MTPG, Denon AH-D 1001, Klipsch S4, so I tend to buy more bass heavy headphones (with the exception of the MTPG which I think is fairly accurate), so maybe the sound signature I prefer is a little different than other people. But I do think the ibuds (the ones that came with the 4S at least) are worth $30. I use them at the gym and other places and they suit me fine. Obviously they will not sound as good as the Denon's or MTPG, but for the price I think they are fair enough.
No, yeah, I admit that I don't have much familiarity with the earbud market. And it seems that a few people have suggested a few others already that other companies have done. What I do know is that Apple is charging a premium for a replacement set of earbuds that come free with any of their devices, including the $50 iPod Shuffle. That or the Shuffle is only $20 and the headphones actually cost more than the shuffle itself.
But hey, the iPhone 4 is free with 2 year contract, and my friend's thinking of getting an iPhone 5, so maybe I'll get my chance at giving them a shot soon enough.