Saturday, January 12, 2008

Flu Season... For iPods?

I've noticed this with both of the iPods I have owned and I can't find anything on the Internet about it, so I guess I'll be the first to bring this up.

I've owned two iPod Nanos - one 4GB 2nd Generation and my current 8GB 3rd Generation (I returned the 2nd Generation one because I bought it ONE WEEK before Apple released the new line of iPods. How annoying is that?). Anyway, out in the cold I've noticed that the left channel earbud will make popping, squeaking, and crackling noises, usually when I take a step with my left foot. This is probably just the earbuds, since I'm just using the standard iPod earbuds that came with my iPod. However, they're two different pairs. The first pair I had and my current pair both made crackling and squeaking noises when it was cold outside. The current pair makes the popping noises as well. I realize that the iPod earbuds are crap, but they could at least make them work a little better than they do right now. I realize that the cold plays weird games with electronics, but speakers are just two drums vibrating together. Surely the cold can't cause too many problems with things like that? I went skiing yesterday and it was below freezing with wind and snow the entire time, and my iPod headphones barely worked. They were covered up beneath my coat, a neoprene mask, goggles, and a fleece headband, but I still had to turn the volume up and live with crackling and squeaking.

Also, the cord connecting the earbuds to the iPod is way too thick. When it's cold, the wires stiffen up and become less pliable, so if you have them in your ears, there's a big thick chunk of metal connecting you to your tunes and that gets annoying. Thinner wires would allow for more flexibility even when they're stiff and cold.

I guess I'm just ranting. I don't expect Apple to do anything about this relatively minor problem, and if I don't like it, I should go out and get some decent earbuds. Until then, though, I will continue to whine about my earbuds (just not on the blog any more).

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