The JBL Reference 220 Earphones are totally worth it. The earbuds that came with my iPod always fell out of my ears, and I had to turn the volume up to almost 90% to block out annoying subway sounds. With the JBL 'phones, I don't even have to listen to music at all and 40% of noise is blocked out. With JBL I listen to my volume at about 30% - much better for the ear drums. Normally about $80, go to Amazon.com and get them for $37.52.