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I am looking at some ear pods from Apple for my non-Apple product (a phone). I know some of the features will be incompatible, but I am wondering about the sound quality. They are $30. Also, is this safe to by from Walmart, or should I stick to the Apple store?
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Apple ear pods are good but not great. There are much better ones available but depends on how much you wish to spend. As far as buying from Wal-mart or Apple, I would buy from Wal-mart simply because returns are easier there. Not that Apple would give you a hard time when returning them but because the Apple stores are always crowded and will take longer.
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They are better than the originals but if your serious about music consider Shure and Ultimate Ears.
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As someone who works in radio ...

The $30 Ear Pods are, in my opinion, as good as any $100 earbuds I've found. They're not as good as good $200+ earbuds.

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^ Well then, I should be happy with those. My current earbuds cost a $1 (truthfully) which I bought from a dollar store. They are identical to those that the airlines supply. I find them to be adequate, so the offerings from Apple will be like being in a concert hall.
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The Ear Pods are OK, then the $100 Ear Buds from Apple are a little better, but doing some testing, they arent worth $70 more than the Ear Pods. I recently bought myself a pair of House of Marley in ear EarBuds ZION™ with a extra 20cm length on the cord and THEY are like being in a concert hall. I have heards sounds, and instruments i have never heard before using these on my iPhone 5.
Its because of these that i say the Apple $30 are as good as the $100 ones, and neither of them, come anywhere near these ZION™ Earbuds. And these only cost me $129 and they knock Dr Dre's out of the park . . . .


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Hi, Triple dot!

I upgraded to the newer Apple earbuds over the standard ones that came with my iPhone 4S, and overall, am happier with them. They are more comfortable, for sure, the sound may be a tad better than the originals, but I do have one 'whine' about them.

They fall out fairly easily.

If you are seated, no problem. If you are up and about, or riding a bicycle or fast walking or anything that may produce a light sweat, they (or at least mine) have a tendency to work their way out of your canal.

YMMV, of course, but I can assure you they will be a definite upgrade to your dollar store earbuds! :-)

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They fall out fairly easily.
This times 1000. I've resorted to using them in opposite ears (right pod in the left and vice versa). I don't know whose ears they tested them on but it wasn't mine.

They have a peculiar shape so you may want to see if you can test them out before you buy them.

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Vansmith!

LOL. we meet again! ;-)

I never thought of switching ears with the "newer" Apple earbuds but I'll give it a try the next time I use them! It's so rare I use them that I am not even sure where they are now :-)

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It gets a bit uncomfortable after a while but the fit is much better for my ears. It doesn't hurt to try it.
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Well darn it, I want them for bike riding and hiking, so maybe they aren't for me, then.
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Triple Dot...

If you have an Apple store close by, by all means go there and maybe they'll let you try them on. If not, they have always been good at taking things back within 30 days if you don't like them.

They don't come with different sized 'pads' for the buds like many others out there. They ARE comfortable...much more than the originals that were downright painful to me in about 30 minutes.

Your ear canal may be a tad wider than mine and these buds may fit you just fine. I see guys out on the paths and trails (biking) with them in all the time and they don't seem to have a problem with them.

I like the ones recommended above, the Marley ones, but they are outside my budget. And when I ride the streets around here north of ATL, I never listen to anything but the traffic. Listening to music with unconscious idiots speeding around you in 3 ton vehicles putting on makeup, texting, reading, eating, reloading the bong...you are nuts to listen to anything but what's going on around you, IMHO.. :-)

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I use my EarPods for walking around downtown all the time (when I'm not using Bluetooth ones) and have never had them fall out, even when walking vigorously. My wife, OTOH, seems to have trouble with them (but that's because she doesn't really put them in properly).
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I'm no audiophile, but was disappointed in the ear buds that came with my iPhone 5. I believe these are the same as what you're referring to. To describe them as muddy and indistinct is an understatement in my view.

That said, I did receive a set of these:

f08 Hi Fi Stereo Earbuds

... as a freebie after I bought a new shell/case for my MacBook Pro. They are, quite frankly, the best ear buds I have ever listened to. I'm not usually one for in-ear-canal buds, but these fit me just perfectly and are almost transparent once they're in. No fatigue after wearing them for several hours straight, and they also stay in on the treadmill. I would gladly pay good money for a second set should these fail in the future.

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That said, I did receive a set of these:

f08 Hi Fi Stereo Earbuds

... as a freebie after I bought a new shell/case for my MacBook Pro. They are, quite frankly, the best ear buds I have ever listened to. I'm not usually one for in-ear-canal buds, but these fit me just perfectly and are almost transparent once they're in. No fatigue after wearing them for several hours straight, and they also stay in on the treadmill. I would gladly pay good money for a second set should these fail in the future.
For $24 you got a deal being free, but just shows you dont need to pay the world for good listening.
As i said above about my ZION™ Marley ones, yes i paid good $ for them, but the noise cancelling is excellent, i mean EXCELLENT and i have heard sounds and insrtuments in songs, i never knew where there before. If i ever buy again, ill by from The House of Marley first because they are GREAT listening, and 2nd they are environmentally (Green) made

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