The Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic can be used for listening to music and podcasts, hands-free telephone conversations, as well as VoIP, Skype, Yahoo Messenger, GTalk, and other types of audio communication. The combination provides an ease of use and convenience not found in other earphone or Bluetooth products. The package includes Apple quality earphones, along with a small remote on the right earphone wire.The remote has three buttons that you can adjust volume, control music or video playback, and record voice memos. The remote also has a 'skip' feature for music (2 quick presses on the remote). The remote is thin, about 2/3 along a AA battery using the mic on the back. The earphones are compatible with all iPod models, as the remote/mic are only suitable for the next iPod models: iPhone (3GS/4), iPod Touch (2nd generation), iPod Nano (4th/5th generation), and iPod Classic (120/160 GB). The earphones may also be used using the MacBook Pro Aluminum. The remote/mic aren't suitable for itouch new generation ipod (1st generation), or even the MacBook White.
Advantages range from the easy capability to switch from listening to music to talking on the phone while using controls on the remote. The remote can also be conveniently placed on one branch from the earphone wires, allowing for ease of access and use. The user simply needs to reach one hand up toward the right earphone to be able to adjust the controls, rather than needing to reach right into a jacket pocket or purse to regulate the volume, change the song, or switch from listening to music to a phone conversation. The mic provides good quality of sound regardless of where it is placed, ensuring that your voice is fully audible towards the other party.
Disadvantages include mediocre earphone quality of sound, with little bass and power, along with the wherewithal to stand up to heavy exercise use (running or active sports). Additionally, some components like the earphones and wiring may be poorly constructed. The Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic provide good quality of sound and ease of use in a reasonable price. The earphones are similar to similar Apple earphones which are sold separately, and the remote/mic combination is really a suitable alternative to other types of Bluetooth packages. The package is compatible with a wide variety of iPod/iPhone models, and has a variety of uses. The remote also provides a convenient alternative to the standard volume/playback controls on various iPod models.