So, I have a problem. I love gadgets and technology. The techier (that’s a word right?) the better. If I can buy something with Apple Pay, I will. If I can put a ticket in my Apple Wallet, it’s a no-brainer. Use Alexa to turn on my home theater? Check. Use my Apple Watch to take a phone call so I can talk to someone like I’m Dick Tracy? Hello.
And when it comes to headphones, I really have an issue. I have a set of earbuds that I keep at work. I have a set of noise-cancelling earbuds to watch movies when I fly (which is often). I have a pair of Bluetooth bone conduction headphones that are great for listening to music or podcasts while out and about because they don’t cover my ears and I can stay alert to what’s going on around me. I have a pair of Bluetooth earbuds that I was using for working out (but they have a wire connection between them that’s annoying when I start moving around).
At the beginning of this last tour with the Field Band, one of my van-mates took out his Apple EarPods. Now, I’ve thought about buying the AirPods but always decided against it because they are basically the same shape as the earbuds that have come with the iPhone for years and they just don’t stay in my ears. But there I was, minding my own business, when he took out his EarPods with the wingtip things similar to the ones I use with my Bose earbuds that help keep them in my ear. That blew my mind. Yada, yada, yada, and a few days later I bought a set and had them delivered to one of our hotels.
I won’t go so far as to say it’s been life-changing, but it’s been pretty darn useful. If you’re an Apple person and are on the move a lot, you need to look into these. While on tour, I use my iPad to play workout videos; having the EarPods immediately made that more efficient and less painful. They automatically connected to my iPad when I put them in my ears and they stayed in my ear during the workout without any cords. Phone calls and FaceTime took on a whole different deal. I don’t like being on the phone mainly because I dislike holding the phone up to my ear; the EarPods eliminate that issue…and if the person calling you is in your contacts, the EarPods will tell you who is calling. Pretty cool.
The sound quality is pretty good but these are a functional tool more than a vehicle to listen to music. If you are part of the Apple ecosystem and want to be able to use Siri, take calls, listen to music or watch stuff on your devices, then I’d look at the EarPods.