I think its safe to say that the ibuds are utter crap. I've gone through three pair in 2 years. I now realize that I end up changing every 5 months because they just don't last. Granted, I mistreat them. Rolled up in pockets, stuffed in backpack, etc. But I HAVE to believe that there's a solid pair out there that has the 4 things I absolutely NEED: a) Durability. b) sound isolation. I'm always at the library and too anal to stand my music being heard so I usually keep it very, very low. I'd like to change that. c) Earbuds...I hate headphones. d) Nothing too outrageous price-wise. I had an old pair passed down by the guy who sold me my iphone. It was amazing but unf. i lost one of the earbud cushions (has to be screwed in) so I cant use it anymore. It was azur blue, no name or label on it, white ear cushions, a MICROphone (with just a press 'on/off' and 'mic' on it). If anyone knows this brand I'd love to track it down. I would be HUGELY appreciative.