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Rambler OP said () (edited )

They're not horrible for short term use, which I think is where they likely shine the most. A quick run or workout at the gym? Sure. A companion to a multi-day backpacking trip? Trail running? Or even just listening to music for 8 hours for a normal work shift? Not so much.

There is definitely a market for them. I see them all the time. People seem to like them, or at least want to be seen with them in. Personal andecote for sure, but I don't recall going to the store or just taking a walk down the street and seeing this many people with wired earbuds just five years ago. I think it has to partially due to marketing and people's desire to be seen with new stuff from the brands they're loyal to. Galaxy Buds and Apple's Airpods are pretty recognizable. Seems almost just as much of a fashion accessory nowadays similar to how Beats headphones were previously.