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The headphones saga continues

I’ve managed to break my iPod earbuds. I’ve only been using them properly for about 2 months, yet they’re already playing up – I think the cable in the right ear bud is loose and keeps distorting the sound. So, it looks like I’ll be needing some new headphones or earbuds.
Thankfully, the earjams that I bought in April fit other types of earbuds so they weren’t a total waste of money. That said, the only other earbuds I have are for the hands-free kit for my Nokia 7250i, which has a proprietary Nokia connector instead of a standard 2.5 or 3.5mm audio jack. Now, I could get around that with an iTrip and use the built-in FM radio on the phone (which can interrupt the radio when I recieve a call)… or I could just get myself a new pair of earbuds or other variety of headphone and save myself some money and battery power. I think I’ll do the latter.


  1. iTrips are great. I’m using mine quite a lot now I’m riding around in car. Great way to get your ipod tunes into the car. I hadn’t thought about using it with a mobile phone, but then again I haven’t got FM on my current phone. It does sound a pretty good idea, if not a little over the top!

  2. Aren’t iTrips illegal in the UK? Something about the 1949 Wireless & Telegraphy Act.

  3. I was not impressed with FM transmitters. Makes my music sound awful through the car stereo.
    Going to get a new car stereo so I can use my iPod. Have to do it anyways, the CD player barely works anymore.

  4. Steve: Shss… We don’t mention that. And come on, some of the laws are just stupid.
    Chris G: You have to make sure the volume isn’t up full whack, else it distorts. Apart from that it’s cool.

  5. It’s illegal if you don’t have an FM broadcasting license, which, let’s face it, you probably don’t. But considering its range it’s not likely to cause any real competition with commercial broadcasters 🙂 .
    It would be nice of the law was amended so that FM transmitters with a range of less than, say, 5 metres were exempt from the licenses.

  6. I agree, the laws are a tad stupid 🙂 I was just curious, that’s all.
    It’d certainly be a good way to annoy people who listen to the radio too loudly 😀