Thursday, December 15, 2005


I know all the cool kids are using those little ear buds with their MP3 players, but I hate those things: They're uncomfortable, and the sound sucks. So why hasn't someone come out with a decent pair of real headphones with an MP3 player built right into them, so you don't even need a wire running anywhere? Heck, build it into a pair of wireless headphones I can use with my home stereo, so I can use them to listen to CDs/DVDs at home without disturbing the neighbors, and then take them right out with me to work or the gym to listen to the MP3s I've loaded into them. Is there something like this that I've just never seen advertised, or should I start trying to figure out a way to make money with this idea?

Granted: With the player up on your head, you wouldn't be able to see a display screen to select songs. However, an inability to select songs doesn't seem to have kept people from buying those little teeny iPods that only play songs in random shuffle order. Or satellite radio service, either. Hey: I wonder if satellite radio recievers have gotten small enough that you could strap one of them on the other side of these hypothetical MP3 headphones... :-)

1 comment:

Chameleon said...

I know exactly what you mean about those little pop-in headphones, they are exactly like a cross between a cotton bud and a hearing aid (probably to get the youngsters accustomed to wearing the latter, which they will inevitably require later having turned up the volume to the levels where they set commuters' teeth on edge). One of the perils of my profession is that I cannot abide extraneous noise when not working and certainly give headphones a body swerve except when unavoidable. There are few objects in this world more revolting than dirty headphones - when I sit down and pick up the pair I am going to use (they are used by all the members of the booth), the first thing I do is check for encrustations of ear wax or the visible signs of stress - sweat deposits. Many colleagues bring in bottles of pure alcohol to sterilise the plastic before putting it anywhere near their aural cavities, whilst others have invested in Bang and Olufsen headphones of their own (they are highly recommended, but then again they would not represent a satisfactory solution for you or me in that they too have to be inserted into the ear and you have to unhook them, all very messy and complicated).