New Yorkers Can’t Stop Dropping Their AirPods Down The Drain; 1220 Wireless Earbuds Recovered From Subway Grates

That’s a lot of money down the drain.

Our music listening experience has changed quite immensely in the last 10 years or so, and of course it has. With advances in technology presenting us with new levels of practicality and mobility across industries, audio devices too have evolved. The sad, unfortunate demise of the audio jack has already begun; you’d be hard pressed to find a smartphone with an audio jack in this day and age.

Good ol’ fashioned earphones are being replaced by wireless versions that offer people the kind of mobility that wired audio devices simply cannot. That being said though, wireless earbuds aren’t without its flaws. In fact, one of it’s major flaws is that it is what it is; a pair of tiny devices that aren’t attached to any sort of wire.

An article in The New York Times website about how one of its writers AirPods fell through a subway grate brought up a very interesting statistic: Over 7,000 electronics items were found throughout the subway system in the last year and earbuds are the most common thing lost. That’s right, it turns out that those tiny things that are supposed stay in your ear have a knack for falling out, and at the worst possible time too.

In the past 3 months alone, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which is basically New York’s Prasarana, has recovered a total of 2194 items that have been dropped through subway grates and more than half of them (1220) consisted of earbuds or AirPods. I know, shocking right?

That’s a pretty insane statistic given that the price of Apple AirPods are about US$159. It’s 2020 and people are paying premium prices for earphones only to inevitably lose them. Given this insane statistic, it’s hard to argue the case for wireless earbuds. Is this truly the way forward for audio devices? It’s bad enough that it struggles to replicate the same sound quality wired earphones give you, but add a knack for falling out of your ear into the equation and it almost seems like a step backward. 

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