I guess I am just old school, but I prefer headphones to earbuds. I have yet to find a pair of earbuds that comfortably fit and remain in-place. The wires also tend to be a hassle because there are two instead of one. However, they do seem to be the way a majority of listeners prefer to hear their tunes or programs, so you want to be certain to get the best model and brand. This close to Christmas, these shure earbuds are a really great buy from a well-respected manufacturer.