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What Are Wireless Earbuds?

by Ann R. Coughlin

Why use wireless earbuds? Listening to music can be a great motivator during a run or at the gym. And it can be a great companion during boring bus rides or while on the go anywhere. Just ask the hundreds of millions of people worldwide who have become practically glued to their iPhones and made Steve Jobs rich. There can be one annoying thing about music on the go: headphone wires.

Ask any student if headphone wires get tangled while slipping a backpack on and off. Ask any fitness junkie is the average headphone cord has enough reach to use while doing crunches, or if the wires every gets tangled at the gym. Wires bounce and pull annoyingly while you go for a run in the park. It was only a matter of time before someone invented wireless earbuds.

Just like any other style of earphones, wireless ear phones come in a variety of styles and prices. Some are water resistant. Some have longer battery life than others. Some work with your iPod directly, and some require the use of an adapter. Some look cooler than others, and some produce high quality, CD sound, while others sound like an old radio, but save you money.

Some of the cheapest wireless earbuds still cost about 50 dollars, so price-sensitive people will probably be doing without them for awhile. Why spend that much for wireless earphones with tinny sound when you could get great sound for half as much with wired headsets? Of course, real gadget geeks will spend whatever it takes to have the latest thing, but the top-end wireless ear buds ring in at a whopping 500 dollars. Those earphones are only for real music nuts—most people can think of tons of things they’d rather spend that kind of money on.

A few of the wireless earbud designs—including the 500 dollar ones—is a lack of anything to hold them to your ear. One of the constant problems with ear buds is that they fall out of your ear with slight movement. Everyone has a unique ear shape, most of the time the only reason you don’t lose ear buds completely is that they are attached to a wire. The wireless earbuds that do not have clips for your ears are likely to be lost quickly, but luckily several models do come with ear clips.

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