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Why Are AirPods So Expensive?

Airpods are the Apple company's version of wireless headphones. The devices are reputed for being much more expensive than the majority of other headphone brands.

While some consumers maintain that they're worth the extra cost, others do not understand what makes them so special that they command a far higher price. One of the most frequently asked questions is Why are Airpods so expensive? Here's the answer.

What consumers have to say about the price

Thirty-six percent of consumers polled responded that they're not willing to pay $159 for this product, and there are lower quality and less expensive headphones available.

While most consumers agree that AirPods are quite expensive when compared to other brands, many buy them anyway because AirPods offer better sound quality and performance for making calls.

The Airpods pair quickly and they're stable, and they offer convenience and better performance than some of the less expensive brands. The Airpods also comes with a wireless charging case.

Some compared Apple to the Gucci brand. It's a popular consumer conception that the brand is premium and they are known for delivering minimalist and innovative products.

Those who stand in support of the Apple Airpods also point out that they are far less expensive than what you would pay for some of the more high-end designer brands. This tells us that consumers are divided over the ultimate value of Apple's Airpods.

Upgraded technology in the AirPods 2

Apple has put a lot of time and money into updating the AirPods with the latest version that looks the same on the outside, but on teh inside there have been some considerable changes.

One of them is the bundle with the wireless charging case in the second-gen model. The first only offers the case sold separately. AirPods 2 has an upgraded chip that has evolved from the W1 chip to the H1 which has changed quite a bit.

It enables Siri integration, reduces latency and improves the life of the battery from 3.45 hours to 4.175 hours. These are some amazing innovations.

Other benefits according to Soundguys

The microphone quality of the Apple product renders clear audio with a reduction in echo. The AirPods are compatible with Apple devices because they are designed by the same manufacturer for seamless integration and outstanding performance.

The ease of use and convenience are some of the highest selling points for this product. Apple AirPods are stable and reliable by reputation and although compatible with Apple products they go beyond and work well with most other brands.

Who is buying Apple's Airpods?

The Apple AirPods have come a long way since 2016 when they were one of the most mocked products of their kind on the market. With the upgrades and useful features, they've suddenly become in-vogue.

There's a certain status associated with the Airpods because you'll find that they're being used by some of the biggest celebrities in entertainment. Kristen Steward and Diana Ross are two of them. Rudy Giuliani, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and plenty of others are wearing them.

Misconceptions about the AirPods

There is no getting around the fact that there are cheaper headphones out there, and a few have some of the same features, but none of them are precisely the same.

According to, the discussion over the price, while legitimate, is also a bit unfair from a certain point of view. They're not the most expensive headphones out there.

Why are Apple's AirPods so expensive?

There are several factors that combine to make the Airpods expensive. The first is that they're an Apple product and the brand does not manufacture cheap products.

There's a fair amount of overhead that goes into the design, materials, and construction of each product manufactured. In addition, they spare no expense when it comes to marketing.

The AirPods are not cheaply made so you can't expect them to be offered for a bargain price. We can sum this up as quality build and advertisement.

The next factor is the reputation of the brand. We must realize that there is a certain status associated with the brand. Whether some want to hear this or not, it's the truth.

If Apple AirPods were cheaply priced then for many they would not hold the same value, just as it is with any other designer brand.

Final thoughts

Apple AirPods are not the most expensive headphones on the market today but they're certainly not cheap either.

As with most consumer goods, you get what you pay for and if you want a less expensive set, then you can save some money, but you'll do without a few of the extra features adn they will not likely last as long.

For those who wonder why they're priced higher, the answer is a complex one, but there are some very good reasons behind the pricing.

AirPods are high-quality Apple products that carry with them the reputation of the brand, and they represent a certain degree of status that is not recognized with cheaper brands, regardless of the quality. Some would not purchase a lower-priced product because of the perceived quality.

Some would disagree with the logic behind this while others applaud the effort. There are cheaper options on the market, and there are also more expensive ones, but for those who are loyal to the Apple brand, they're going to pay the price without complaint.

They're not everyone's cup of tea and everyone has the right to their own opinion, but Apple chooses to follow their own conscience with regard to pricing.

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Liz Flynn

Written by Liz Flynn

Liz Flynn has worked as a full-time writer since 2010 after leaving a career in education. She finds almost all topics she writes about interesting, but her favorite subjects are travel and food. Liz loves the process of researching information, learning new things, and putting into words what others who share her interests might like to read. Although she spends most of her time writing, she also enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, watching films, cooking, dining out, reading, motorsports, gaming, and walking along the beach next to her house with her dog.

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