Costly wireless cellphone earbuds still the choice for many
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From earphones, headphones and earbuds to AirPods and EarPods, the choices for listening to music are vast — and so is the price range.
Professional use aside, everyday consumers can expect to pay anywhere from $7.99 to well over $300.
But when Apple’s iPhone 7 appeared on the market in 2017 — there was something missing — a headphone jack. Instead, this newest creation used wireless earbuds and Apple had them — for a price.
Compatible with both IOS and Android — they come complete with extended battery life, a wireless charging case, voice activated capabilities and the promise of fast wireless connection.
However, the price soured more than a few Apple aficionados with AirPods starting at $159 and the water and sweat-resistant AirPods Pro starting at $249.
Hoping to snag a portion of the market resistant to shelling out big bucks for the original, other brands soon came out with their own generic AirPod-style wireless headphones for a fraction of the cost, like the i11 Bluetooth headset and AirSounds2, which both sell for around $40, including a charging case.
But even though they might look the same, some insist, they’re not.
Rachel Gerow, 20, of Indialantic, says she’s tried generic headphones before, but they just haven’t worked for her.
“For some reason, they just do not fit in my ear the right way. The shape of the Apple AirPod is unfortunately the only thing that fits it my ear,” Gerow said. “I have tried generic ones from Walmart that look to be the same shape, but the sound quality is not as good. And, they end up breaking so much easier, which is a pain and a total killjoy when it happens mid-workout. So, I guess, all in all, my reasoning for buying the Apple head phones versus other generic brands, has to do with sound quality, the shape and dependability.”
With three children, Tara Rabel said only one insists on using genuine Apple AirPods
“For Christmas, my daughter specifically asked for generic-style AirPods,” Rabel said. “She knew there was a big price difference and wanted other big gifts instead.”