5 reasons Apple's $45 wired earbuds are better than its $229 wireless AirPods

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 without providing an updated release date. Many believed Apple wouldn’t 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?


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.


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EarPods cost AUD$45.

AirPods cost $229.

Winner: EarPods

Music playback

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You can easily control EarPods' volume with those physical controls attached to the wire.

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



These are EarPods.

These are AirPods.

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Any questions?

Winner: EarPods


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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.

Winner: EarPods

What happens if you lose it

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If you lose EarPods, you'll have to buy another pair for $45.

If you lose AirPods, Apple says you'll have to buy a new pair, 'just like any other Apple product.' Rumour has it Apple might offer a way for people to buy just one AirPod, in case one is lost or stolen, but we've heard no official details yet. Still, we'd expect the replacement price of one AirPod will cost more than a $45 pair of EarPods.

Winner: EarPods

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