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  • Apple Stores Will Reportedly Allow Customers to Test In-ear Headphones Before They Buy

    All modern Apple iPhones and iPod touches come with Apple's EarPod earbuds for listening to music on the go. Apple does, however, also offer in-ear headphones for sale at a larger expense with the added benefit of better sound quality and better noise cancellation. Also, after buying Beats, Apple adopted an even larger collection of in-ear headphones for its retail stores.

    Many are hesitant to try Apple's in-ear headphones because they're pricy and they don't know what to expect out of them in terms of performance. In fact, 9to5Mac reports that 51% of surveyed customers would like to have the ability to try the headphones before they buy them, but Apple hasn't been allowed to let customers try the in-ear headphones due to sanitation concerns; because let's face it, who actually wants to cram something into their ear when you know darn well it has been in someone else's ear whether clean or dirty?

    To remedy the problem, Apple will reportedly be rolling out new "Demo Kits" that will give customers a way to try the new in-ear headphones without said sanitation concerns. The Demo Kits involve replacing the in-ear headphones' rubber ear inserts for every customer that wants to try out the new headphones so that different customers aren't re-using the rubber inserts and spreading ear infections. Customers will also reportedly be able to keep the inserts whether they buy the Apple in-ear headphones or not.

    The customer will be able to keep the ear tips regardless if they purchase the headphones. The customer can then plug the headphones into their iPhone or iPod to sample the quality before making their purchase decision. Apple told employees that 51% of surveyed customers have said that they would like to test out in-ear headphones prior to purchasing, so this move will likely spur an increase of in-ear headphone sales via Apple Store.
    Overall, this seems like a pretty good idea for those that are on-the-fence about spending the dime on a new set of Apple's in-ear headphones. It'll just be up to the Apple genius to keep the in-ear headphones nice and clean. We would hope that in addition to replacing the rubber inserts that the outer housings of the in-ear headphones would receive a nice isopropyl rubbing alcohol wipe before moving on to the next customer to prevent unwanted ear particles from traveling from one ear to another.

    Is this something you would participate in before buying a new set of in-ear headphones?

    Sources: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Stores Will Reportedly Allow Customers to Test In-ear Headphones Before They Buy started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Can you not simply return these within 30 days if you don't like them? It's nice that they're doing this, but I'll stick with my Bose Q20i earphones.
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      eww!!! strangers ear wax...thanks but no thanks!!!
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by swifty7 View Post
      eww!!! strangers ear wax...thanks but no thanks!!!
      Did you not read a single word of the article?
    1. claud's Avatar
      claud -
      in the 20ies i think , before the hotdog bun was invented they ate the hotdog with a white glove that they passed around after they were done. even with the wipe this seems no less gross.

      food for thought