I guess you're right on the wire. However in an enviornment or moment when you cant have a case on you or no room for one, it keeps the wire from flopping around in your pocket and the most important parts aren't bending.
I won't be able to carry a case in my pocket. I have had bad experience with pocket headphone pouches where it puts creases on the end with the jack, so the headphones by themselves is my best bet.
Edited by HFoneMan - 12/3/12 at 12:06pm