The Apple, white earphones are probably the worst made piece of garbage you can put in your ear. I must go through at least 4 pairs a year. The only thing, only thing, that they have going for them is the mic system for the iPhone. I finally found the answer to this, the Nocs NS800 Stainless Earphones designed in Stockholm. The Nocs NS 800 feature a dual micro armature with a separate tweeter and woofer for increased range and fidelity, a stainless steel housing with noise isolating silicone sleeves, Kevlar reinforced cables, and an in-line three button remote and mic to let you take control of both music playback and telephone calls without reaching in your pocket. AMAZING!