Apple’s $30 earbuds are way better than the new $160 AirPods

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Apple AirPods are displayed during a media event in San Francisco
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AirPods, Apple’s first truly wireless headphones, finally went on sale on Tuesday.

AirPods were originally supposed to launch back in October, but Apple delayed the headphones indefinitely, leaving many to wonder if Apple would release AirPods in time for the all-important holiday shopping season.

And so, it should be no surprise that AirPods are in high demand right now: They’re a brand-new Apple product, and they’re a pair of wireless headphones. What’s not to love, right?

Wrong.

Aside from being wireless, there’s not much that justifies AirPods’ high price. Here are 5 reasons you should buy EarPods, Apple’s wired in-ear headphones, instead of AirPods.


Price

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EarPods cost $30.

AirPods cost $160.

Winner: EarPods


Music playback

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You can easily control EarPods’ volume with those physical controls attached to the wire.
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EarPods can play/pause music and control volume via physical controls on the wires.

AirPods can play/pause music and control volume by double-tapping one of the two AirPods. But that’s just an optional setting: By default, AirPods can’t play/pause or change volume unless you activate Siri, which then pauses your music (ugh) so you can issue your command. No thanks.

Winner: EarPods


Style

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These are EarPods.


These are AirPods.

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Any questions?

Winner: EarPods


Power

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EarPods require no power, just an available headphone jack to work (or Lightning port, if you own an iPhone 7).

AirPods last about five hours, and come with a carrying case that will give you up to 24 additional hours of listening time. After that, music time is over until the next time you can recharge.

Winner: EarPods


What happens if you lose it

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If you lose EarPods, you’ll have to buy another pair for $30.

If you lose AirPods, Apple says you’ll have to buy a new pair, “just like any other Apple product.” Rumor has it Apple might offer a way for people to buy just one AirPod in case one is lost or stolen, but we’d still expect the replacement price of only one AirPod to cost more than a $30 pair of EarPods.

Winner: EarPods