Why The Yurbuds® Inspire Talk Weren’t For Me
I had heard so many great things about Yurbuds®, when my Zippearz® went bust just before the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run, I knew it was time to give Yurbuds® a try. Since I also needed new earbuds for my iPhone, I decided to try the “talk” model, which includes a microphone.
I had sizing/comfort issues with the set I bought at Best Buy, but I was able to exchange them for a smaller style through Yurbuds® customer service.
I ended up with this pretty blue set.
They worked great at first–they were comfortably snug and did not fall out–just like they promise! I was travelling a lot, and mostly used them with my iPhone at first. I loved the start/stop button on the microphone, which also answers/hangs up the phone. This feature was really great for races, since I could get my playlist ready to go, put my phone away in my fuel belt, and be able to start my music without having to fumble with everything after the start gun went off.
I also used them with my iPod nano, which is what I usually run with unless I’m racing or travelling. While the start/stop feature worked just as well, my nano started acting strangely. If I was listening to the radio, it might jump to a playlist. If I was listening to a playlist, it might randomly speed up the songs (does the nano even have this as an option anywhere?). To avoid getting completely pissed off during my last race, I had to treat it like a fartlek variation and see how far I could get before my song changed.
I figured that the start/stop button was getting bumped as it bounced against my skin, but that couldn’t explain the next thing that started happening.
I could be listening to the radio or a playlist, and all of a sudden my nano would start talking to me! Usually, she would start reading the names of all of my playlists. Even if the home screen was showing the clock or the radio, she would read the playlists.
I checked every setting possible.
When I found the VoiceOver option, I was sure that was the source of the problem.
But even when I triple checked that that feature was OFF, she would interrupt my run with a recitation of my playlists. I was left with one conclusion: my iPod nano was possessed.
I reset the settings to factory settings, but that didn’t help.
I hooked it up to my PC and reset if from there, and that worked–for one run. 🙁
As I racked my brain trying to figure out what could be going on, I finally became suspicious of the Yurbuds®. I asked people who loved them which model they had, and nobody had the “Talk.” I tried using my nano with standard Apple earbuds, and I could listen to my music without hearing about my other playlists! Aha!
I reached out to Yurbuds® customer service again, but they hadn’t heard of similar problems. I couldn’t return my Yurbuds® to Best Buy because I no longer had the product they had sold me. I was outside the time period for another Yurbuds® exchange, but the customer service representative who I was communicating with by email had mercy on me. She offered to send me a replacement set, but since I think the “talk” feature was to blame, I downgraded to the regular Inspire model. She even let me pick a color, and I picked green for a change of luck.
I got them last week and took them for a sweaty 9 mile test run this weekend.
Not only did they stay in, but my nano was back to its reliable old self!
Have you ever had a device act like it was possessed?
Did you ever figure out the problem?