I'm not an audiophile but I like good clean clear sound. I also don't have a lot of money because the allowance that I receive is really small. So, if I'm going to purchase headphones they need to be inexpensive and good quality. I've looked high and low, I've tried various brands. I've tried earbud style headphones, in-ear headphones, over the ear headphones, etc. The new Apple Ear Pods are the best I have ever used.
The sound is clean. This is the most important part for me. I listen to a lot of Podcasts and I'm neurotic about the audio quality for talk programs (because I'm a nerd). The difference between the previous in-ear headphones and the Ear Pods are like night and day. The richness they add to the recorded human voice is nothing short of amazing.
I also listen to music. When I purchase music I'm really selective because of the whole money thing. So, when I listen to it I really want it to sound good. The dynamic range of the Ear Pods is also amazing. The design shape is what allows for this. They spent 3 years in development and it shows.
Their design is strange. But, they are extremely comfortable. It is as if they float in your ear. while still being secure. I'm really impressed with the way that they feel. It is necessary to be a little more careful when putting them in your ears. This isn't because of anything bad. Rather, the shape requires that they can't just be placed in any ear. The right must go in the right ear and the left must go in the left ear.
The best part about them is that they are really, really, inexpensive. These puppies are about $30 which is a steal. If you need a set or want a set of headphones I highly recommend them ... even if you are a non-Apple-fan.