Apple’s wireless earbuds, called AirPods, are one of my favorite gadgets right now — and one of my favorite Apple products ever.
That said, AirPods are not for everyone.
Here are 5 reasons you should consider Apple’s wired $30 EarPods instead of the company’s $160 AirPods:
1. The price is right with EarPods.
EarPods cost $30.
AirPods cost $160.
2. Music playback is more limited with AirPods.
Apple’s wired EarPods have physical controls on the wires that let you play or pause your music, and control the volume, but they can also fast-forward songs (double-tap center button and long-press the second tap), rewind songs (tap three times with a long-press on the third tap), skip songs (double tapping), or go to the previous song (triple tapping).
AirPods have fewer functions than EarPods have — you can’t fast forward or rewind songs with AirPods — and you can only select two of the four available functions at a time. You can assign one AirPod to control play/pause, and have another AirPod skip to the next track, but that means you won’t be able to go to the previous track, or use Siri.
3. EarPods are much more stylish than AirPods. These are EarPods.