These things are about the size of a tube of chapstick, right? Well guess what I lose about four days after I buy it every single time? Chapstick. You know what else I'm going to do if I have these? I'm going to leave them in my pocket, then put them in the washer. Oops, I just ruined a $159 pair of headphones because I'm a forgetful idiot.
This is such a money grab by Apple. I hate it so much but I almost respect it. They know that people are constantly losing/ruining/sitting on tiny things, so they created the smallest thing and made it the easiest to ruin so they would constantly have to be replaced and all of a sudden Apple is straight up printing money.
Also, this is bizarre, but there isn't a single pair of ear buds in the world that fit in my ears. It drives me nuts. I put the headphones in, try to walk somewhere, and after three steps both headphones fall out of my ears. It sucks. I've tried everything, from the current iPhone ones to the ones with the little bubble that goes into your ears. I refuse to wear the studio-style headphones because they make everyone look like a giant douchebag. Nothing works. It's part of the reason why I don't run for exercise (coupled with the fact that I'm a lazy piece of shit).