Portable headphones come in two main styles: in-ear and on-ear. The former comprises the ultratiny earbuds and canalbuds that you place at least somewhat inside your ears, while the latter often features a headband and circular earpads that rest over the ears. iPod accessories maker iFrogz offers several models in both varieties, but the in-ear Ear Pollution Plugz headphones are the subject of this review. Unfortunately, this $15 set rather lives up to its name, offering audio quality about on par with the stock 'buds included with most MP3 players. On the plus side, the earphones offer a hint of style, an ultracompact design, and a comfortable fit, so they could work in a pinch for those on a budget, but the similarly-priced Griffin TuneBuds are a better option for those who like bass.
The Good The Ear Pollution Plugz earbuds are ultracheap, come in a variety of color options, and offer a modicum of style. They're also reasonably comfortable.
The Bad The Ear Pollution Plugz earbuds often sound harsh or deficient, and they offer little in the way of bass. The cable seems fragile, and the ear tips tear easily.
The Bottom Line The iFrogz Ear Pollution Plugz earbuds don't sound any better than stock earbuds, but they're cheap and relatively comfortable.