I like listening to podcasts (and occasionally music) while on the move, commuting to work by bike, cleaning, shopping, etc.. For this I need need need an inline remote to be able to control playback easily.
The problem is that I go through headphones very quickly. I usually buy $20 type earbuds, but at least one of the ears starts shorting out sometimes even only after 3 weeks or so, usually a couple of months at most. I'm not really sure if this is normal, if I've had extremely bad luck, or if I should be treating my earphones like royalty. Does the cord getting tangled affect their lifespan a lot? I could maybe try and make sure that doesn't happen too much.. basically I don't want to keep having to fork over money for new buds every couple months. So I'm wondering about getting a more sturdy pair.. would there be theoretically a big difference in the longevity of a more expensive model, or is it going to be a better bet for me to just get 'em 12 at a time at the dollar store?
Sound quality isn't a huge issue, but ideally I'd be able to enjoy music if I decide I want to.
Apple's made a lot out of their new earpods.. and they sound like they've been designed with durability in mind, but I still feel weird buying those separately from a phone, mostly based on how crappy the original ones were. Wirecutter recommends them as the best choice for earbuds with a remote.. so maybe that's what I should go for.
What do you guys think?