I have a nice pair of in-ear Shures. I love them. I'm not asking about those. But most of the time I'm out and about and want to be able to hear my surroundings. So I have just used the Apple earbuds. This is mostly for listening to spoken word podcasts and such, and very rarely music. Well I left them in a hotel room last week, so I'm looking for a new pair and wondering if anyone can provide me with suggestions. Details below. - NOT in-ear or noise cancelling. I want to hear the world around me. - I'd like a microphone and volume controls on the cord so I don't have to remove my phone from my pocket. - I need a durable cord. The Apple 'phones don't last me very long due to the abuse they take. I bought a pair of Urbanears Medis that lasted me all of 2 weeks before the thin fabric cord frayed at the connector, rendering them useless. - Sound quality is a secondary consideration, but better is obviously better. Price is no object as long as I'm getting a good-sounding, durable solution. Unfortunately every manufacturer is focusing on in-ear headphones and ignoring the earbud market. I tried using the Awareness app with my in-ear headphones but it's not practical if you're walking around with an iphone in your pocket as all you hear is fabric and rustling. Does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks.