Seems the Wall Street Journal (Paid subscription required) is about two months behind in the times. They are reporting that users are returning the in-ear headphones at a high rate. (Thanks to MacMinute.com for the link.)
As it seems this is once again a hot topic, we are reposting this article from January 29th. Feel free to post your comments below the article.
Apple’s new In-Ear Headphones Quality Problem?
Not that I am any sort of investigative reporter, but I do happen to speak to a few people who work for Apple and Apple dealers. One such person has reported to me that the recently released Apple In-Ear headphones, retailing for US$39.00, are being returned at an alarming rate. The reason? They sound horrible.
I have not used these headphones before, but my contact tells me that most of the people who have purchased these new In-Ear headphones have complained that the sound is not good at all, and are much worse than the mini-headphones that ship with the iPod.
Another problem? They cannot accept returns on these headphones because of hygiene issues. They do, after all, go inside your ear. Once you take them out of the package, in other words, you own them.