Hi Guys I have to ask this and would like responses from all ipod 5G owners. I have purchased the 32GB Blue ipod touch 5G and it is superb. Now I think this is a non issue but I have to ask, just in case I need to return this to be looked at. Question: I connect my earpods to ipod touch, and if i do not have music playing and turn the plug in connection of the where earpods plug into ipod touch, then I hear crackly noise. To challenge this I then played my music and if i turn the connection (plug in) I cannot hear crackling noise, that was a relief!......However, if anyone could see if this occurs for you, because if there is an issue I would go back with my ipod touch to apple store. I do have the earpods plugged in all the way into input on iPod touch 5G. Also, I have not tested this with a different set of headphones over the Apple Earpods.