Ear buds- Apple’s Major Design Flop

iPods, iPhones, iPads, iEverything all come with those sleek, white ear buds that are ubiquitous on public transportation. Clearly better than the boom boxes of the 80s, these little speakers still produce a surprising quantity of noise directed out of the ear. Really good ear buds isolate all of the sound into the ear, but sitting near a heavy-metal-playing, Apple-ear-bud-wearing commuter can be pretty annoying even on the extremely noisy Green Line in Boston. If you added all of the noise produced by the millions of poor quality Apple ear buds, it might even surpass the total of boom box noise pollution.

I have settled, after trying various types and brands of listening devices, on a pair of Audio Technica ATH-ANC7b noise cancelling over-the-ear headphones. I am one of the dorks on the train with huge headphones, but my ears are happier. I don’t think those around me can hear what I am playing, and I certainly can’t hear them even if they are sporting those classy but ineffective white gobs of plastic in their ears.

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