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Replacement iPod Headphones
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Jul 24, 2006, 04:26 AM
 
I just noticed today that my 5G iPod headphones is starting to come apart. To be more specific, the actual plug and the cable have started to separate where they come together and now shows a bit of the wiring inside. While it still works just perfectly fine in my opinion (keep in mind I just noticed this problem today so further use might surface other issues), I began to look for a replacement set so that I won't get bugged by the sight nor the thought of my precious headphones looking like that.

Problem is, APPLE doesn't seem to sell a replacement set of exactly the same headphones that come pre-packaged with iPods. I searched online but with no such luck, only finding "used" auction finds and other branded alternatives!

I'm very particular about my Apple products looking exactly as they should but I don't seem to have much luck finding the same exact kind of headphones. Even apple.com only touted their "in-ear headphones" and the headphones of other companies but no such mention of headphones that are the same ones that come bundled with new iPods.

Where can I find these headphones NEW? If anyone has any suggestion, thanks in advance! I truly appreciate it!
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Jul 24, 2006, 05:19 AM
 
I'd like to know this too... my iPod headphones died about 2 years ago...
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Jul 24, 2006, 08:30 AM
 
I've seen them in the Apple Store, but original iPod headphones are decidedly missing from the online Apple Store. Curious...

However, I prefer 'phones that block more of the outside world to the original iPod 'phones. I have to turn the volume up much higher with original earbuds than with the Koss buds that fit IN the ear canal, and the Koss bud pads fit better (and are more comfortable) thus blocking ambient sounds. Try sitting on a city transit bus and listening to your iPod with original equipment earphones... you'll DEFINITELY want something that blocks more outside sound.

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Jul 24, 2006, 12:05 PM
 
Go to the Apple Store and tell them they died and most of the time they will give you a new pair.
     
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Jul 29, 2006, 05:31 PM
 
Wow....this must be new. I used to buy replacement phones from the Apple store...$40 if I recall. I am particular too...but since I bought these expensive Shure in-ear models for $180 - I have to say to hell with matching. If I bought a BlackPod, I think I would buy the Sony's for ~ $50
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Jul 30, 2006, 12:50 PM
 
If your 5g is still under warranty (1 year) or you bought applecare, Apple will simply send you a new pair N/C. Just submit a repair order on the website:

http://depot.info.apple.com/ipod/
     
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Jul 31, 2006, 08:55 PM
 
man, you paid $40 for those crap 'phones?
i'm groovin with my sennheiser px-100's, acquired, in black, for $30.
(although i like the white macbook and white ipod, the white sennheisers are just weird-looking; plus, i think the white ones are more expensive, for a change)
     
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Aug 1, 2006, 03:25 PM
 
I have the same problem with my headphones, but i found a pair on Mac-Pro for only $20 plus 6 something for shipping. They are the same pair that comes standard with the iPod, and you can add in a pair of earphone covers (the little fuzzy things, i dont kno what theyre called) for an extra .97 cents.

http://www.mac-pro.com/s.nl/it.A/id....2&category=185
     
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Aug 2, 2006, 12:10 AM
 
you guys have to try the ones that block out external sound...amazing is all i can say, esp on airplanes. some are very expensive though, not the ones i have though. i forget the brand though, ill post it when i remember
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Aug 7, 2006, 04:19 PM
 
the headphones that block ambient sound are also more expensive. most ppl just want regular headphones. i break them frequently, so buying expensive headphones isnt always the best option.
     
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Aug 10, 2006, 06:34 AM
 
i have the sennheiser cx300 which are noise-reducing because they're in-ear phones. great sound, i prefer them to my stock apple earphones. around £20 here.

but if you really want the Apple ones, you should get them free under warranty.
     
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Aug 10, 2006, 11:20 AM
 
When I have to use earbud style earphones (running for example), I am a big fan of Apple's in-earphones. They're really comfy and they don't fall out.
     
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Aug 10, 2006, 01:12 PM
 
I use Ultimate Ears super.fi 5 pro. They're amazing.

http://www.ultimateears.com/superfi/...-Pro-black.htm
     
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Aug 10, 2006, 01:35 PM
 
hahaha well they should be amazing for $250
     
   
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