I Miss The Old Headphone Era

Apple ruined everyone’s fun

Alex Rowe
6 min readMay 19, 2024

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Apple’s 3rd Generation Air Pods in a case lying open on a laptop, next to a cup of iced coffee.
Photo taken by the author.

Ten years ago, the headphone market was thriving. Beats made it “cool” to wear large headphones out in public and into coffee shops, and the audio market saw a mass mainstream explosion.

Studio headphones made sudden inroads into new consumer markets after years of being confined to mixing booths and tracking sessions, with the Audio-Technica…

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Alex Rowe

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