11 September 2021

Apple iPods

 When I bought the new iMac, they came with Apple iPods, a 200$ item. I would never pay that sort of money for earphones but for free, I was all in!

I ride with wireless headphones so I can listen to podcasts for the 3-4 hours I am on the road and high fidelity sounds isn't a big deal to me. I just need to be able to understand what people are saying. That said, the sound on the pods is very, very good and they come in little charging box that helps them be useful longer. They are more comfortable in the ears and can attach and switch from one Apple device to another which I have done now and then since getting them. They pair quickly (usually) and I like the double tap I programmed to turn them on and off. 

What I don't like about them is that I really can't use them while riding. They fall out of my ears too easily and that is disastrous and a bit anxiety producing. While I like the programmable double tap feature, you can't change the volume that way - something that seems super basic and big omission. The screen on my iPod and iPad will show them connecting but sometimes I still have to go to the bluetooth setting to connect them for real. They are more susceptible to interference while walking around I have found. These annoyances don't take away fro the great sound and comfort so while I don't use them all the time, I am hardly sad to have them. I can imagine that are really good on long trips to listen to movies etc, should I have be on a trip somewhere again. 


T' said...

I've had all three kinds of AirPods. The ones you got I used at the gym and even running on the treadmill, they didn't fall out. That being said, they're made for a general 'ear,' so if you don't fit that profile, there could be some problems. As for the connection issues, that's bluetooth. It's notoriously sketchy with any device, not just the AirPods. Still, glad you got a free pair and are able to give them a go. And heck, anything that lets you listen to more podcasts is good news to me! :D

Behemoth media said...

The problem with riding with them is fingers get damp when exercising so it you tap them they stick and pullout! My other cheap headphones are bluetooth as well and don't have those dropouts. They happen in the same place along the street so there is something there that can somehow interfere with the AirPods. I thought that was pretty unlikely but it happens every time I pass a certain area, so now I actually turn the podcast off when I walk there!