While I am quite impressed with the sound quality of the new earpods, the sound quality of the iphone 5 is lacking. SQ is just ok. I just listened to some songs on my macbook as well as the iphone5: comparing the same songs with the same bitrates, using the same headphones, and at the same volume (measured with a sound meter). The macbook's SQ is vastly superior. The good news, I have a lot more room on my 16 GB phone, now that music files are not a storage priority. The 'bad' news is, I now need to buy a dedicated audio player. Any suggestions? edit: everything sounds worse on the iphone: the highs seem to have a sharp rolloff. Bass is ok. Dynamic range is mediocre.