I love apple and all of the great products they manufacture, but I am really disappointed in apple's in-ear headphones. I usually use my E2c's by Shure, and they do me well most of the time, but after over a year of use, they became a wee bit brittle and they are in for service and will be back sometime next week. I purchased apple's in ear headphones as, hey! They were only $40 and were very attractive looking and I needed something that blocks some outside noise that will stay in my ear to hold me off until next week, and I figured to just give em to a friend when I got my Shures back. I got the apple in ear headphones today, and to let you know very bluntly, they suck. Very badly. Very uncomfortable, almost painful. Music sounds surreal. Earpieces sticky-ish. I could go on and on. They were a waste of money, and BestBuy wont take them back. I am just going to give them to my friend when school starts back up on Monday. They are an insult to apple. And I am embarrassed for apple. A word of advice, just spend the extra $60 and get a pair of E2c's, they even have a 3 year warranty.