A new iPod users questions:

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by lem0nayde, Oct 7, 2004.

  1. macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2002
    I'm loving my new 40gig iPod (it's my first) though I had to send the original back because the metal and plastic began separating on one side. Anyway, I have some questions for experienced iPod users.

    1.) It isn't clear from Apple's site if the iPod remote can be used with any set of headphones or if the headphones that come with it are permanently attached. Does the remote just connect to the iPod and then have a mini-jack on the other side to allow any headphones to connect?

    2.) Is the iPod remote any good? Worth getting?

    3.) I don't mind the headphones that came with the iPod, but I'm curious if the in-ear headphones actually sound better.

    4.) Aside from the in-ears, does anyone have any high-recommendations for a pair of lightweight, great-sounding headphones?

  2. macrumors regular


    Jul 14, 2004
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    The remote controls are at the female end of a cable that you plug into your ipod. You can connect whatever headphones you like to it.
    Depends on your situation. I would definitely get it if I could afford it as I use my ipod while walking around the city. It would be safer and quicker to use the remote to change tracks or the volume rather than pulling my ipod out of my pocket/backpack.
    There are good ones and bad ones. Over-ear headphones are probably the audiophile's choice, and equivalent sound quality is cheaper out of them, but in-ear phones are totally capable nowadays.
    Bose TriPort headphones are extremely light and they sound great. They are a bit fragile, though. But if your dumb enough to sit on your $150 headphones . . . I didnt deserve them anyway. :)
  3. macrumors 6502

    Mr. G4

    Mar 29, 2002
    Rohnert Park, CA
    You mentioned that you have a 40 Gig...doesn't it come with the remote and dock?
  4. macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2003
    Snellville, GA
    the remote is pretty expensive considering its limited functionality... personally, i wouldn't have bought one (i got mine with my ipod). however, if you like to keep your ipod in your bag/backpack/jacket/deep pocket, the remote may be good for you... personally the cord is just too long for me.. (it's some where around 4' + your headphone's cable) and i find it easier to just carry it around in my left hand with the hold switch on... but then again, i don't live in an area where i'm likely to get mugged; you may want to keep it "hidden"


    the 3G 40gig did come with the remote, but when apple dropped the prices by $100 while introducing the 4G, they dropped the remote.. :/
  5. macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2003
    Izmir, Turkey
    remotes are useless.. I wish I'd live in US and sell my own remotes to you for 10 bucks. I just use them if I need waaaay longer cable, thats all, otherwise they stay in the box of my iPod..
  6. macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2003
    Izmir, Turkey
    iPods earphones are the best earphones I used ever... they sound great but they easily get damaged and start making cracky sounds just because I listen to music too loud (I increase the sound level from iTunes and listen those songs with highest setting in iPod) So they are a little fragile to loud music but have great sound quality...

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