AirPods are a bit of controversial product. Some of the criticism is valid, some of the criticism can be filtered out as biased hate from people who will rag on any Apple product. For me, they serve a purpose that I have not yet found to be replicated. They sound better than fine IMO and they are headphones that I always have on me. Barring when I'm sleeping or in a pool, my Airpods have been in my pocket 99% of the time since I purchased them. I'm not exaggerating. They are in my pocket MORE often than my car keys or wallet because I actually frequently have them on me on a weekend when I'm wearing pajama bottoms but the AirPods are still in my pocket. I also use them exclusively as my hands free phone device when I work from home, which is typically a few times a month. As a new product they only have ONE weakness IMO. Truly, only one. They don't block much ambient noise at all. This makes it difficult sometimes when I'm trying to throw on a podcast while my kids are all watching TV in the room and listening to something besides background music in a louder car environment is difficult. I find them to be essentially useless on an plane as you have to max out the volume to overcome cabin noise. This isn't a design flaw... all earbuds (as opposed to what I'll differentiate as in-ear headphones that have a rubber tip that seals your ear canal) suffer from this. Its just a trade off of the earbud style. But the genesis of this thread is that I now have a secondary problem. I have used my AirPods a LOT as you might guess from my carry time above. My pair is starting to suffer from shorter play times. Now its not terrible and they recharge from the case insanely quickly to be honest. I don't expect rechargeable devices that get HEAVY use to last forever. But the battery life is becoming noticeable. I could buy a new pair of AirPod 2s. My problem is I'd like to solve the inherent weakness I mentioned. I'd like essentially, an Apple in-ear AirPod. It doesn't need (and at the size it would probably require defying physics) active noise cancelling. I've owned a number of corded in-ear headphones and they typically block 80% or more of ambient noise. But here's my problem... even setting design aside, I can't even find in-ear bluetooth headphones with a case as small as AirPods. It really should make you have a ton of respect for Apple's engineers if you aren't a biased hack. I've got a few other pairs of in-ear headphones. Anker Liberty Zolos - the case is about twice as large and much heavier. They are generally fine but the bluetooth to the "slave" bud drops out from time to time, a problem that Apple never suffers due to a different design (no master/slave bud setup) and better overall engineering. I also own a pair of Jlab Jbuds. I bought these when the Ankers started losing connectivity frequently at the gym (probably a lot of BT interference there). These are uncomfortable and tend to work their way out of my ears even when sitting perfectly still, breaking the seal resulting in no bass (like way less than the Airpods which aren't tuned with a seal in mind) and failing to block as much ambient noise. Of course I also find that many in-ear headphones don't offer the feature set and integration with iPhone that AirPods do but I'd be willing to spend a lot (within reason) on a pair of in-ears that meet my other criteria. Maybe I'll have to wait for Apple to release an updated AirPod 3 with some of the features which were rumored when the v2 came out. If anyone knows of an in-ear true wireless with a charging case NO LARGER than AirPods, shoot me a link.