Apple has released a new version of their in-ear headphones that far surpass their initial try.

Their first buds, at a mere $39, were an awkward shape, not designed for the contours of the ears, with poor sound quality to boot. With many folks constantly plugged into their iPods, it was clear to notice they weren’t the keenest choice, as third-party buds adorned the ears of most listeners.

The new Apple In-Ear Headphones come complete with a remote and microphone – rather necessary to correspond with the demands for products that rely on a purchase that will go further than just the iPod. They’ve reformatted the earpiece – clearly aware of the discomfort of the originals – from soft silicone that are designed for a snug and comfortable fit.

And if it isn’t a comfortable fit? Worry not. Apple includes three different ear tips, which could accommodate any ear size.

Each earpiece contains two separate high-performance drivers – the highlight of these designer buds. The dual-driver separates the high and low-range frequencies resulting in a muddle-free sound, ensuring detail in your music.

Another positive point is the reduction in unwanted outside noises. Their snug fit isolates your music from the surroundings, leaving you with only what you want to hear. Due to their construction, a smidgen of sound creeps in, but can be positive for some. Runners and outdoor enthusiasts, for example, are alert to traffic.

Apple moved a step further with the addition of a removable – and washable – stainless steel and mesh cap that protects dust and wax from accumulating in your earpiece. Included in the box is an extra set if you lose them or wear them out.

Largely different from their initial buds, the new version are the first device with the ability to record voice memos on later versions of iPods. The buds also come with a remote, with uncomplicated controls, perfect for fitness-minded folks: one click to play, pause, call; two clicks to skip forward; three click to skip back. The remote also controls the volume and voice memos.

Both the remote and mic are supported by iPod nano (4th generation), iPod classic (120GB), and iPod touch (2nd generation). Audio is supported by all iPod models. The total package includes the buds with remote and microphone, a carrying case, three sets (small, medium, large) of silicone ear tips, and two replacement caps.

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