I've been wondering this. I haven't found any Earpods to demo in the Apple retail stores I've visited lately (all they ever have is Monster Beats, etc.) so unfortunately I can't test them out for myself. I'm sure just based on the price gap the answer may be obvious, but I could be surprised. I hear the Earpods are pretty good. FYI, I don't know the exact name for them but I'm talking about the white iPhone & iPod in-ear earbuds that are made by Apple (not the stock ones that come with the devices) and come with a remote on the cord and three different sized interchangeable rubber earpieces, and a little triangular storage case to keep them in. I own a pair and I really think they're superb for the price. Thanks!