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Portable Pleasure: The iPod and Earbud Carrying Case

Feb 26, 2008
The iPod has revolutionized the music industry, from how music is sold, packaged and enjoyed. Never before has so much music been offered in such a small package, and never has one device dictated the progress of an entire artistic movement. However, the iPod truly is a small package, and an expensive package at that; like any hard drive or computer, the hundreds of dollars spent on it can easily be wasted if the device is not cared for properly. While Apple has improved the durability of the iPod, it still cannot withstand constant abuse; crushing it, dropping it or exposing it to water or extreme heat is a sure death sentence. Thankfully, the market for iPod cases is flourishing, and listeners can easily invest in the protection of their iPods as well.

However, what many individuals forget is that the iPod is useless without its headphones. Many users purchase higher-quality earbuds in order to truly take advantage of the iPod's capabilities: earbuds that reproduce the entire spectrum of music, from the lowest bass to the highest treble. These headphones should be protected as well with the purchase of an iPod and earbud carrying case, because an iPod is nothing without sound.

The Many Shapes and Sizes

While the iPod itself can be protected with sleeves, metal cases, knit socks and various other rubber products, this usually leaves the headphones exposed to the elements. Other carrying cases, while not designed to protect the iPod while in use, do not always have enough extra room for earbuds, cables and other accessories. However, an iPod and earbud carrying case will protect both investments. Often times, the iPod and earbud carrying case will include a separate compartment for the earbuds, so the two pieces do not get jostled together. Other times, the carrying case is physically split into two separate cases: one to hold the iPod, the other to hold the earbuds. The earbud case can even attach to a keychain for easy access, and constant availability: unless the user forgets his or her keys, the earbuds will always be in reach.

Earbuds are popular due to their compact size. Traditional headphones are rigid; they cannot fold up, and they take up space equal to the size of the user's head. Earbuds are a lot simpler; they are simply two speakers attached to the cables that fit snuggly into the ear. Often times they come complete with multiple inserts to fit the wide range of ear sizes. But the cables can easily tangle, and the inserts can be lost in the hustle and bustle of life. An iPod and earbud carrying case, however, will keep the earbuds safe, orderly and in one piece. The earbuds can also be wound on a kind of reel, a kind of iPod and earbud carrying case truly designed to prevent tangles in the cables and connections.

An iPod and earbud carrying case is available to purchase from numerous manufactures, including Apple and many companies specializing in the production of speakers and headphones. This case is also available in many colors and materials, from nylon to leather and from black to purple. It all depends on the needs of the user, and the type of protection he or she seeks: waterproof or padded, keychain or reel. In the end, however, an iPod and earbud carrying case is almost as important an investment as the iPod itself.
About the Author
Michael Hehn is the webmaster of http://ipodaccessoriessite.com, a site that offers a wide range of useful and helpful information about ipod accessories. Visit his site for more free tips to choose the ipod accessories for you and your family.
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