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Earbuds vs. Headphones Debate

Do You Like Earbuds or Headphones Better?

I'm always surprised when people say they dislike earbuds, as a few people mentioned when I posted those Altec Lansing Swarovski-encrusted earbuds the other day — I guess because I'm so used to them and prefer something small that I can throw in my already-overloaded handbag. I wouldn't mind sporting these adorable Audiocubes striped headphones, though, but it would be a big departure for me as an everyday thing.

There's lots of pros and cons for each — earbuds are small and unobtrusive, but can be uncomfortable and the sound quality isn't always optimum, whereas headphones, with the ability for superior sound quality, can be bulky and make you look like a goof. So which do you prefer?


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TriXe08 TriXe08 7 years
I prefer headphones. Earbuds no matter what like everyone else constantly pop out right after they just get comfy in my ear and I have to stop everything to adjust for comfort, and it looks like u r picking ur ear (gross LOL). If u r looking for comfort and personal, fun, trendy, public worthy headphones I recommend going to and customizing your own pair I love mine and wear them everywhere, even with pink fuzzy ear pieces. :)
bluebrooke11 bluebrooke11 7 years
I'm a big fan of headphones. Both my ears have like this little notch right where the top of the earbud would fit, so it doesn't line up properly. It hurts too. I like headphones because they are comfortable, they don't have music spillover, they are warm, and they have much better quality. I'd use ear buds if i had to, such as on a bus or train or something.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 8 years
headphones. earbuds don't fit my ears properly, and they become painful after awhile.
robit robit 9 years
I use headphones for a few reasons. I ride the bus every day, and usually I find that earbuds have a lot of noise spillover - that is, I can really easily hear what people with earbuds are listening to. For some reason, the "spillover" from other people's headphones gives me headaches. I don't want people to be forced to listen to what I'm listening to, and I don't want to hear other people's music - so I have headphones similar to the ones pictured (but they're black, and from Sony). I also live in a city that has a long winter. I've found that with earbuds, the cords have a tendency to stiffen up in nasty weather, and then the earbuds will fall out of my ears. Headphones also have a bonus perk of acting as earmuffs.
hkmarks hkmarks 9 years
Clip-on JVC HA-E130 headphones. Super cheap and better sound than any earbuds I've ever used. Earbuds hurt, too.
Caramel-Kisses Caramel-Kisses 9 years
In class and grocery shopping, its earbuds; but when I'm just hanging around or making a fashion statement, headphones for sure.
Caramel-Kisses Caramel-Kisses 9 years
In class and grocery shopping, its earbuds; but when I'm just hanging around or making a fashion statement, headphones for sure.
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
I'm not sure what's the difference. I have ones that are hardcore and squishy and go in my ear and others that loop over my ear and into my arches. Also for piano I have the big ugly ones that make me look like a dork.
jedimasterarmi jedimasterarmi 9 years
headphones are better for your ears-ear buds damage your hearing easily.
Ikandy Ikandy 9 years
outside i use my ipod buds...i've got big ol headphones at home.
Cris1192 Cris1192 9 years
Headphones all the way!
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
Wow- I'm so glad I'm not the only one with tiny ears! I WISH I could wear earbuds because they're so easy to toss into my purse, but they pop out and hurt my ears a lot. So headphones for me. There seriously needs to be a solution for that. They must make smaller ones or something, right?
jennythereader jennythereader 9 years
I can't wear earbuds. They fall out every time I move my head.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Headphones for sure...
SugarKim4203 SugarKim4203 9 years
I worked in radio for a loooooooooooooong time (too long if you ask me, but that's a different story) so I'm 100% a headphones kind of gal. When I put my ear buds in, they don't feel secure enough and the sound quality is only ok. If I could get my fancy radio headphones to work in my iPod I would, but I can't...sigh.
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 9 years
I prefer headphones for comfort and sound quality, but usually earbuds are just easier. I have a set of Sony earbuds that I'm alright with, they actually fit my ears better than the Bose in-ears.
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