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Is losing the headphone jack from a phone a deal breaker? (Open_Tab)

We hash out whether losing the decades-old port matters in this excerpt from Open_Tab.

Mike Sorrentino Senior Editor
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Watch this: Is losing the headphone jack from a phone a deal breaker? (Open_Tab)

How do you listen to music? Is it through traditional wired headphones, or have you made the jump to wireless audio through Bluetooth?

Now that phones such as Apple's new iPhone 7 and Motorola's Moto Z handset are moving away from including a headphone jack natively as part of the device, does this have an effect on how you will listen to your music and podcasts?

CNET audio experts David Carnoy and Justin Yu join Mike Sorrentino to discuss their thoughts on phones moving toward wireless options instead of the 3.5mm headphone jack in this excerpt from Open_Tab.

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