Time Magazine Reveals iPod Flaw

Discussion in 'iPod' started by InSanJuan, Aug 13, 2005.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2005
    Check out the cover of the August 8, 2005 issue of Time Magazine. The "very complicated child" is wearing an iPod unit that unfortunately showcases the very same problem everyone we know has lived with: namely, a broken cord on one (or both) of the wires leading to the speakers.

    In this image, the popular "knot solution" is employed, but tape is sometimes used as well, or a third party set of buds are finally purchased!

    When is apple going to fix this problem and make a replacement set available to previous owners? Clearly this is a global problem.
  2. tag
    macrumors 6502a


    Apr 29, 2005
    PA, US
    Am I the only one who has never used these earbuds that came with the iPod? Mine are still sitting crisp in its little baggy. Are these things really that good? I might just have to find my iPod box to try them out.
  3. macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    Nope, haven't had this problem on my original iPod headphones or on my in-ear headphones and nor have any of my iPod-toting friends mentioned it as a problem. I've had one of the in-ears fall apart, literally, and Apple just replaced them for me when I took them into the store.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2003
    i've noticed that newer iPod headphones have an extra piece of plastic there.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2004
    When mine got like that, I called up Apple, expecting to just buy a new pair from them. They ended up just sending me some new ones for free, as well as a few Apple stickers. I was in the 90 day warrenty, though.
  6. Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    I put mine through hell and back most days and they've held up really well. These things seem really sturdy. Of course, they're pretty famous last words though. :(
  7. macrumors 6502

    Mar 3, 2005
    Virginia, U.S.A.
    Up to this point in time, I have never heard of anyone who has had this problem regarding the headphones. I've used my 3G headphones from day one (mainly for running and workouts) and they are in perfect condition, but I have gone through a few pairs of the ear piece covers. I know innumerable people with iPods and no one has expressed having that type of trouble with their ear buds. Strange.
  8. macrumors 68030


    Jun 26, 2005
    Apple will replace most iPod accessories if you submit a service request online. I've received two free pairs of earbuds, a new belt clip, and a new dock (even though it turns out the old one works fine, i thought it was broken. now i have two).

    And yes, I did have that little earbud-cable-splitting-near-the-Y-connector problem. But free earbuds come within a few days.
  9. macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    eh my original set is about a year old (same as the iPod go figure :p) and they were starting to crackle and such, I was about to buy a new set of ear buds when my roomie bought a new iPod and gave me the ones' from his cuz he prefered his sony. But yeah the new one's have an extra piece of plastic that slides up and down to cut down on the slack and such.
  10. macrumors 601


    Feb 27, 2005
    Before the new piece of plastic was added, I went through at least 3 pairs of headphones due to this issue. Apple however, always promptly sent me a replacement set. :)
  11. macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2005
    SE PA
    If you have your own preferred earphones/buds, I'd use them. the earbuds apple gives you standard aren't very good. From a musician's point of view, the lowend is subpar and in general they give you a little bit thin sound.
    So if you want really good sound quality then stick w/ your own earphones. If you don't care (since the music might already be in AAC) earbuds work fine.
  12. macrumors 68000


    Feb 19, 2003
    Planet Zebes
    When at home I use my Sennheiser headphones. But everywhere else I use my Apple headphones.........
    and I am still using my Apple headphones that came with my original 5GB iPod years ago........no problems with them.
  13. macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    No problems here either. Maybe someone is paying Time off to run a negative story on iPods.
  14. macrumors 65816


    Jan 20, 2005
    Rockford MI
    I have never had that problom before, but my old Rio headphones did that :rolleyes:

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