It was bound to happen...my pair of cheap-o, in-ear headphones finally bit the dust. After years of use, the cable frayed at the point where the headphones connect with the 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack. Between being shuffled between the iPod nano on evening runs and filling in on travel duty with the iPad, the constant pull and push of use finally left the budget brand unusable.
Taking an opportunity to upgrade to a premium grade model, I've moved over to the Moshi Audio Vortex headphones, not only for the superior performing Neodymium drivers compared to typical earbuds, but the high grade braided ultra-light weight cable should prevent the very fraying that ended the life of my previous models (there's also a built-in mic, notable for smartphone users). The cherry on top is the excellent silicone rubber carrying case, which makes stowing away the Vortex easy, while improving their longevity if you're always chucking your earbuds here and there like I do.