I know it's now too late for suggestions, but I run my wires inside my outer shirt down to the phone in the butt pocket of my pants, and don't notice any of it the whole time, all tucked nicely away. I listen to podcasts regularly.
And you're right, if that was the worst of your problems, life is OK. :-)
I have gone through about 5 pairs of bluetooth headphones (mainly because I still manage to break things with minimal wires) but those things look awesome! I'd be curious to learn about things like battery life, and how easy they are to turn off when someone comes up and wants to have a conversation.
My biggest problem with earbuds is that I've never found any that stay in my ears adequately to be useful. I must have weirdly shaped ears or something. With these, I'd worry that with no cords, when they fell out, I'd lose them. (I did try running with audio a couple of times, many years ago, and found it distinctly less than satisfying.)
Wow. Earbud envy. Please post when you know the battery life.
JJ, have you tried sports earbuds that wrap around your ear? Sadly, I'm pretty sure I'd rip out the beautiful Earin earbuds the first time I pulled off my toque. http://av.jvc.com/product.jsp?modelId=MODL028576&p...
I haven't tried them, but it's worth a shot. Might be that they'll still pop out of my ear canal and just dangle there, but even that's better than having them fall.
(Need to find a model that doesn't come only in girl colors, though. :-) The text says only three colors, though the little graphic tool also shows black.)
And more importantly, I have a reason that will remain unspoken for the moment for me to not acquire any earbuds with an MSRP of less than $99.95. Maybe more like $299.95.
I use something similar to what Bash posted, in black, works perfectly. I think I got them at Radio Shack when it still existed, less than $20.
Though I certainly won't claim they are stylish.
Those aren't the exact ones I use but the ear hooks are the same. Mine are a dignified girly black colour. I think I spent $40 Canadian (about $12 U.S. right now) for a model that had handy control buttons on the cord. Too bad the controls only work with iPhone4 since I have an iPhone5.
I use these more than any other earphones, but they're for *high-noise environments*, like cutting the grass---Not good for situational awareness while out-and-about, running, and so forth:
They have one quirk, which is you have to push the volume buttons before they'll make noise in your ears. Also, don't stick them deep or you'll have to find some tweezers or needle-nose pliers. 26-29 dB attenuation---quite adequate. They simply don't fall out. I use them on noisy planes. The cables are not too thin---if I were in charge they'd be a little thicker, though. The tips are replaceable. The online comments indicate an issue with durability for factory workers, but I don't wear mine 8 hours a day every day. I've snagged the cords on branches at walking speed and had the earbuds pull out of my ear with no apparent damage to the wires.
I've now used the Earins for a few commutes and a couple of runs. I like them a lot. Here is a mini-review.
Problems with wired earbuds that I wanted solved:
- Tug. Even if the wires are in the back (probably the best place, as PG says), there's still a bounce that tugs the earbuds. It would be possible to clip the wires with a bit of slack (or maybe those sport style ones are better about that?), but that just makes the next problem worse...
- Winter clothing. It's a pain to set up and disentangle earbuds with layers. Or even without layers. That, however, is still a minor issue compared to...
- Storage. Even earbuds that are supposed to have neat storage containers are a PITA. Where do you put earbuds? They get all tangled with other things and themselves. You can't grab and go, you have to grab, untangle, untangle, untangle...
I generally only use earbuds when on the move (commuting, running, errands, etc.). For sitting and private listening I have a nice set of Beyerdynamic headphones.
- The sounds is good, crisp. Much better than generic earbuds, not that that is not a surprise. And not that important for stuff like podcasts.
- The storage/charging cylinder is fantastic. Solves the biggest issue with earbuds, gives me a place to put them that keeps them safe and easy to find.
- I don't notice I have them in because there's no tug. I didn't even realize how much I noticed the tugging with wired earbuds before. This means I am ruined and can probably never go back.
- Unless I lose them, which is certainly possible. They seem to stay in on their own pretty well, but for running I have only used them while wearing a buff (it's been -10 or colder...). I will probably attach the little ear wrapper stabilizer things once it is warm again.
- If there's, say, a ticket check on the metro and I have to pull my phone out it's no problem, because it's not attached to anything...
- Which also means I can store it in zippered pockets without caring about orientation.
- Battery lasts long enough for me -- little over 2.5 hours in stereo on a single charge from the capsule. I used them in the morning to run in to work (a bit more than 70 minutes listening), stuck them in the capsule, then used them for 2.5 hours in the evening. I haven't tried the mono listening/use one/charge one trick because I don't generally use earbuds for that long. And having only one in would probably make me twitch.
One downside is that there's no control over playback without touching the phone. Turns out it's easy to change the volume through a pocket on the phone itself, but there's still no way to stop or skip. Minor inconvenience, especially in Norway where strangers don't talk to you while out and about.
Stay tuned, and maybe take bets on how long I go before losing one (or both).