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Geek Guide: Best Headphones For Your iPod

Let’s face it, without headphones your iPod is just a cute little gadget. If you want to use it for what it’s really made for – providing a real reason to sing in the street and covering the incessant noise of your co-workers’ chatter – you’re going to need some good headphones.

Apple iPod Earphones
Described as sleeker than previous models, the standard "earbud" iPod earphones, $44.99, are still a favorite among iPodmeisters. Geek tip: If your stock headphones break, you should be able to bring them in to an Apple store for a complimentary replacement. Shhh don't tell anyone.

Two more options, so

Sony Bud-Style Stereo Earphones

These light Sony earphones deliver great sound and are so comfortable you'll forget you're wearing them. They're small enough to fit snug in your ear, and will stay in during an intense workout. Get them here for $36.

Shure E3c Sound Isolating Earphones

The Rolls-Royce of headphones, these lightweight babies offer stellar sound isolation and crystal clear sound. You'll feel like a DJ without the huge dorky headset. Get them here for $199.

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teh1337n00b teh1337n00b 9 years
The headphones I personally think are best, are the Skullcandy Smokin' Buds. They're great inner ear phones with three different sizes of buds just like the Apple pair, but they're better fitting IMHO. They're the only pair I've been able to keep for over a year without them shorting out and were only $20!
Fancy04 Fancy04 10 years
These are nice.
flutterpie flutterpie 10 years
every single time i get ear buds they irritate my ear and they dont fit, i hope those sony ones will fix the problem i know he thinks you're fine and stuff but does he know how to wind you up?
JennaV JennaV 10 years
I have the Apple earphones (the first choice above). I LOVE them! They are a billion times better than the crappy ones that come with the ipod.
Tech Tech 10 years
Hey Buzz, I'll have to try those. I'm always looking for airplane-worthy headphones.
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
I am a huge fan of the Etymotic 6i Isolator Earphones. They are also earbuds, but they seal so snugly to your ears that they cancel out outside noise (even airplanes!) like a stellar pair of earplugs. They are slightly less expensive than the Shures and, I think, better.
Arthur Arthur 10 years
brian gave me a pair of the earbuds. they have a small, medium and large fitting that goes on em. apparently i have a very narrow ear canal, cause even with the narrowest, i still can't really fit em in my ear. but good enough and they do sound good.
Electrolicious Electrolicious 10 years
Wait!! I bought a pair of those Apple iPod Earphones, and unless you have just *exactly* the right ear shape, they are TERRIBLE. I tried everything to get them to fit in my ear, and they just didn't work. What a waste of money!! Check out all the negative reviews.
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Thanks geeksugar! I am in dire need of better ear buds. I think I will put one of these on my Christmas list.
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