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Zipbuds

Tangle-Free Earbuds

Tunes Without Tangles

Life gets messy, but your headphones don’t need to be. These earbuds put an end to the perpetual problem of tangled headphone cords, and they do it with a zippy design (literally).

What makes Zipbuds unique is the zipper-integrated cabling, which incorporates military-grade Aramid and Maeden tinsel technology to provide strength and performance. The zipper is substantial enough to resist knots, strong enough to hold up to a
heavy workout, and flexible enough to keep up with all your moves. When you’re listening to music, you can unzip the cord to get more slack between the two earbuds or zip it up tighter for a snug fit. Zipbuds' JUICED, the company’s second-generation earbuds, are designed to block peripheral noises while maximizing audio quality and minimizing harmonic distortion. They come with three ear tip sizes, so you can choose the fit that’s right for you.

The creators are Erik Groset (whose great-grandfather invented the ice cream cone-making machine) and Robin DeFay (who spent five years as a professional poker player). The two childhood buddies started brainstorming about portable audio products while they were in college and co-founded Zipbuds in 2007. With their latest invention, you’ll spend a lot less time untangling cords and more time enjoying the music.

— Ann
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Erik
    Erik

    Hello Citizens of Grommet! My name is Erik Groset and I'll be your guide for today's featured product, Zipbuds. We are absolutely honored to have Zipbuds featured within such a stellar community! As co-founder of Zipbuds, I helped to create the first ever earphones to incorporate zipper integrated cabling. We've all experienced those five minutes of frustration... reaching into our pocket for our earphones only to find a tangled mess. Zipbuds is putting an end to that frustration (and taking back those five minutes)!

    I'm extremely excited to field your questions regarding Zipbuds, or anything for that matter! Thanks and I'll talk to you soon!

  • mejane
    mejane
    1/19/2011 1:14 PM

    How heavy is the cable, compared to the earphones that come with my ipod?

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    1/19/2011 2:50 PM

    @mejane: The cable is naturally slightly heavier than that of our iPod earphones because of the added zipper material. Throughout our design process our main concern was keeping the weight of the earbuds down. To do so we utilized all of the lightest weight plastics and have found that customers have been thoroughly satisfied with the results.

  • H1202
    H1202
    1/19/2011 1:38 PM

    Purchased two pairs on Amazon - black for my husband, blue/white for me. Sound quality was good, as other reviewers have stated. But for two runners, these were **horrible** ... would not stay in our ears, despite trying the different size options available and utilizing the black ear wraps. They fell out because of the weight of the zipper connector swinging around. If you unzip it all the way it's a slight improvement, but still they soon come loose from the jostling.

    If you want these for sitting on a train, looking fabulous during a photo shoot, or doing something that otherwise does not require them to stay put while you are in motion, go for it. If you are using them for running, fuggedaboutit.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/19/2011 2:23 PM

    @H1202: Thanks for sharing your first-hand experience with the Zipbuds. I'm sorry they didn't work for you, maybe Erik will have some insight for you!

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    1/19/2011 2:51 PM

    @H1202: I'm sorry that Zipbuds haven't worked out for you. We included the sports clips for exactly that reason, added stability while running or working out. We have found that people have had no issues with the weight of the earbuds when the sports clips are properly connected to the cables.

  • VIctor K
    VIctor K
    1/19/2011 1:54 PM

    Hi Erik,

    As a fellow inventor, all I can say is WOW! Great product, great design, great execution, great presentation. Congratulations for knowing to find the 'core' solution to all earbuds...birds-nest entanglement! Less is More!

    You have a home-run on your hands...be sure to have good patent protection as the ZipBuds should quality for a utility patent. Congrats!

    Thank you DG for bringing this great product to us!!!

    VictorK

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    1/19/2011 2:55 PM

    @VIctor K: Thank you so much for the positive comments! It's always a pleasure to hear from a fellow inventor / entrepreneur. We have some great intellectual property attorneys that we work with that helped file our Utility patent for Zipbuds. Thanks again!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/19/2011 2:24 PM

    I love how the design made Danielle's solid colored shirt simply look like a zip-up shirt at first glance. That's very clever!

  • Julia
    Julia – Grommet Team
    1/19/2011 3:23 PM

    @H1202: I was one of the Grommet testers and there are so many occasions that zipbuds work really well; during my morning commute to work, listening to my iPod while traveling, and with my computer at work in effort to not disturb my co-workers. As a runner, I too was interested in how they work for sports, so I tested them and did not have great success on the treadmill. Even with the earclips. While they may work for some people, we could not stand behind the earclip accessory and therefore did not highlight them in the video. That was a minor issue for me, because I don’t like to wear the same sweaty headphones I use for exercise as everyday use. We have not been able to find headphones that are great for the gym. If you know of one, please email us at Ideas@DailyGrommet.com and we will test them in consideration to become a Grommet. I was more than impressed with the level of quality of Zipbuds. With the noise isolation and sound clarity, they are essentially $80 headphones for $40 that I now reach for ever day.

  • Michelle
    Michelle
    1/20/2011 6:08 AM

    @Julia Kemp - Daily Grommet Discovery Team: Thank you for your frankness about the clips. I might have bought them today had I not known this, and even with clips, I'm not sure I want to go through the extra step, small as it may be, before going running. I am very interested in this product, but probably not if I cannot interchange them amongst my variety of active and sedentary activities.

  • Grace
    Grace
    1/19/2011 3:48 PM

    Although an innovative product, the marketing seems to center on sexy young woman with DD cups wooed by guys with Zipbuds. Even if the material isn't toxic, the marketing message may be.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    1/19/2011 5:11 PM

    @Grace: Over here at Grommet, these things are so hard to balance. I can totally see your point of view. Who wants to go back to the bad old days? But at the same time I thought the "chick magnet" marketing was so OVERT and retro-goofy that it felt more like sharing a joke. It was anything but subtle and that made if funny to me--more like a goof on the guys in the video and the company co-founders.

    But here's a message to Erik...are you guys SERIOUS?

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    1/19/2011 6:09 PM

    @Jules Pieri: Jules... you are very insightful!

  • Richard A. Carmer
    Richard A. Carmer
    1/19/2011 5:24 PM

    @Grace: Get over it lady. Everyone knows that sex sells, so just let these people try to sell their product. I know I will be buying Zipbuds in hopes of attracting a woman like the one in this ad.

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    1/19/2011 6:05 PM

    @Grace: Hi Grace, thank you for your comments and concerns. First of all, I sincerely appreciate you acknowledging Zipbuds innovation. If you look at our website (not that you should leave Daily Grommet) I think you can agree that this is not the marketing message we are trying to convey.

  • Shannon Voss
    Shannon Voss
    1/19/2011 4:51 PM

    * post edited by admin to comply with our no advertising policy.

  • Shannon Voss
    Shannon Voss
    1/19/2011 7:25 PM

    @Shannon Voss: I apologize. I was wondering if there was a way to get in contact with the manufacturer of the product? I think they are an outstanding and creative idea to a common problem. Thank you. :)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/19/2011 8:42 PM

    @Shannon Voss: I have forwarded your contact information on to Erik. Thanks!

  • Sarah
    Sarah
    1/19/2011 5:30 PM

    Are there zipbuds with a microphone?

    Ditto on the DD model comment.

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    1/19/2011 6:15 PM

    @Sarah: Hi Sarah, Thank you for your question! Certainly one of the questions we get most often. We are working on a microphone version and they will be available later 2011.

  • Carol
    Carol
    1/19/2011 6:23 PM

    Brilliant idea. I can' stand having to untangle the darn things before I can use them.

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    1/19/2011 7:37 PM

    @Carol: Thank you Carol!

  • Susan
    Susan
    1/19/2011 7:39 PM

    I would buy one today even if it cost more if it had volumn control on or near the ear bud. I need easy to reach volumn control. Great idea...one more improvement?

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    1/19/2011 10:30 PM

    @Susan: Hi Susan! Great minds think alike :) We're working on integrating this with the future microphone version coming out later this year. Thank you for the positive comments!

  • Ann
    Ann
    1/20/2011 1:19 PM

    Is it cat chew proof? I have replaced more earbuds due to my cats chewing them than I care to think of.

    Thanks, Ann

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/20/2011 3:03 PM

    @Ann: Definitely not cat proof! Those felines can be brutal.

  • Jan Lehman
    Jan Lehman
    9/20/2011 7:41 PM

    I purchased my pink earphones I think in February, and just today the little "headphone" portion came out. It seems like it should screw back in, but I can't seem to do that. Can you help me?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/21/2011 12:04 AM

    @Jan Lehman: Thanks for reaching out to us. Zipbuds will be sending you a replacement under their one year warranty.

  • Felicia Afifi
    Felicia Afifi
    12/2/2011 2:00 PM

    Hi..I am looking at buying these for my daughter but she is so hard on earbuds. She must go through at least 4 or 5 pairs each year. This year has been especially difficult she has gone through 4 in the past 3 months. In fact she needs new ones now. Sooo, my question is in regards to durability. How long should they last and since she takes them everywhere and throws them around etc. What can she expect for normal wear and tear.

    Thanks...it looks like a wonderful product!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/2/2011 2:19 PM

    @Felicia Afifi: I have talked with Erik and he says that your daughter should get a few years of use with Zibpud's Kevlar strengthened braided nylon cables.

    There is a 1 year warranty on every pair of Zipbuds sold through an authorized reseller such as DG.

  •  gg
    gg
    9/25/2012 12:12 PM

    Okay, this appears to be just the mad-genius apparatus I have been looking for.... gonna give it a try!! And I am sooooo glad that it actually comes in vivid colors;-)

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    9/25/2012 12:59 PM

    @ gg

    Thank you for the positive vibes, GG ! I know you'll love them :-)

  •  Kate
    Kate
    9/25/2012 12:16 PM

    What a great idea!

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    9/25/2012 1:00 PM

    @ Kate

    Thanks, Kate! We sincerely appreciate it!!!

  • Molly Nash Larson
    Molly Nash Larson
    9/25/2012 1:04 PM

    How about coming up with ear buds that work with in-the-ear hearing aids; lightweight ear buds that cover the ears perhaps. Headphones too often caused sqeaky feedback and are hot.

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    9/25/2012 1:18 PM

    @Molly Nash Larson

    Great ideas, Molly! Here at Zipbuds we hope to share amazing sound with everyone. Maybe in the future we can work on solving this problem too :)

  •  Karen
    Karen
    9/25/2012 1:07 PM

    How do you know what size ear buds to choose???

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    9/25/2012 1:19 PM

    @ Karen

    Hi, Karen! Thanks for the question. Every pair of Zipbuds comes with (3) different sized ear-tips to fit what's right for your ear. Hope that helps!

  • Carol
    Carol
    9/25/2012 1:12 PM

    I'm Loving this idea. What is the actual difference between the first ones and then the one with microphone. I'm sure it is a simple answer and probably will say, Oh of course! Another question, can I use these for my iPad? Thank You

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    9/25/2012 1:20 PM

    @Carol Anderson: The info of each product is in the DETAILS tab (under video & photos) on the featured Grommet page. The Zipbud is compatible with: iPhone, iPod,

    Android and all other Media Devices that accept a traditional 3.5mm headphone input.

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    9/25/2012 1:25 PM

    @Carol Anderson

    Thanks for the great question, Carol! The difference between the two is the Microphone / Remote that comes with it.

    When using the Zipbuds JUICED + Mic/Remote & an enabled smartphone (Most iPhones, Androids, Windows Mobile, and Blackberry) you're able to:

    1. Answer Calls (Press remote button once)

    2. Hang Up-Calls (Press remote button once)

    3. Play/Pause/Skip Songs (Press remote button once)

    4. Activate Voice Control (Long hold down the remote button)

    And, of course the Microphone works great with phone calls and various apps that take advantage of voice features.

    Yes, it works great with your iPad!

    Hope that helps, and please let me know if you need any further clarification!

  •  wbonham
    wbonham
    9/25/2012 1:35 PM

    @Carol Anderson

    These use a standard 1/8" plug that will work with the iPhone, iPad, portable CD players, etc. Even though the CD player doesn't use a microphone, the plug is made so that it can be used just for listening.

  •  gadgetlady
    gadgetlady
    9/25/2012 6:00 PM

    My daughter is constantly telling me her earbuds stop working. I'm replacing them every month or so, regardless of whether I buy the $5 ones on ebay or the $20 ones from Staples. How durable are your earbuds? What is the warranty on them?

  • Erik
    Erik – Special Guest
    9/25/2012 6:50 PM

    @ gadgetlady

    Good question!

    Going to answer this one in two parts because it's very near and dear to my heart :)

    1. We make Zipbuds using the highest quality components so they won't ever fail you.

    2. Everyone can be bummed out by purchasing something only to have it break a few days later. Being a HUGE gadget person myself I've experienced this problem plenty of times. The biggest issue that I've found is dealing with companies to actually obtain warranty service. Whether they claim a "lifetime warranty" or a "90-day warranty" the warranty is only as good as the company that backs it. For all Zipbuds products we offer a 1-year limited warranty that is backed by a meaningful customer service that treats our customers as we'd like to be treated.

    At Zipbuds, Customer Service, is our primary focus. Which is why we make it extremely easy to obtain warranty service for any of our products, should you ever have any issues. We ALWAYS strive to go above and beyond for our customers.

    Finally, if you ever have any issues you (or anyone) can feel free to contact me directly : Erik@Zipbuds.com and I'll personally take care of it for you.

    Thank You!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    9/25/2012 6:59 PM

    @Erik Groset I appreciate that you gave out your own email. We are trying to end the kind of nameless, faceless business practices you rightly reject. This is the kind of reason Zipbuds is a great Grommet. It's so much about the people behind the product.

  •  Rita C
    Rita C
    9/25/2012 7:46 PM

    How come no one makes earplugs with a separate volume control for each ear? I know I would pay extra for that; and there must be a lot of folks with hearing loss in one ear who could really use that. Maybe someone will do this soon??

  •  Rhonda
    Rhonda
    9/25/2012 9:38 PM

    @ Rita C - I don't have hearing loss but some family members do. I think that's an amazing idea.

  •  Bren
    Bren
    9/25/2012 10:00 PM

    As a mom of four boys, all "technos", I'm thinking stocking stuffers! But, I need at least one more color...orange would be awesome and another blue - royal? It helps to color code the household from toothbrushes to suitcases and pillows!!

  •  polly
    polly
    9/25/2012 11:33 PM

    i have a pair of these zip buds and loved them especially the no tangle feature. however, after having used them for a year one of the sides stopped working. only hearing in one ear. i got them to work by twisting the zipper a certain way holding it in place w/ an elastic but now that doesnt work either. any possible way i could get a replacement pair? thx

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    9/26/2012 1:40 AM

    @ polly: Ouch! We certainly don't want you to twist n tangle. Prefer you twist n shout enjoying your Zipbuds ;0) Our Customer Support Team will be contacting you directly to resolve your concern.

  •  Jenn
    Jenn
    9/26/2012 10:28 AM

    I think this is an awesome invention~but is there an option to have an earpiece that goes around the ear? Ear buds always fall out of my ear. And my husband only likes the "old school" ear pieces that lay flush to the outer ear. Please let me know! Good work!

  •  Shannon
    Shannon
    9/26/2012 11:45 AM

    I love the idea of cords that do not tangle. Definity always a problem. I have never been able to wear ear buds. Even the smallest size still falls out with movement. Any chance of creating the type that the ear piece hooks around the outer ear for stability?

  • Andrea Lyn
    Andrea Lyn
    9/29/2012 11:55 AM

    This looks like pure genius! I plan on purchasing the blue one with the mic. If it doesn't work with my Samsung Stratosphere can I return them? I want to use it with both my Sansa MP3 player and my phone.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    10/1/2012 9:18 PM

    @Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten: As long as your devices "accept a traditional 3.5mm headphone input", you'll be ready to tune in without the tangle with these zipbuds! You can return them within 30 days of your order. You can go here to read more details of our Return policy.

  •  Candace
    Candace
    10/1/2012 4:54 PM

    This sounds like a wonderful thing for the kids who constantly tangle them. I wanted to order, but really want the blue, will they be available in the blue again???

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    10/1/2012 9:55 PM

    @ Candace: The BLUE is available for you to order. YAY!

  • Martha
    Martha
    10/9/2012 4:05 PM

    When will the blue or green be available again??

    THanks

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    10/10/2012 9:56 PM

    @MDK: The Blue is now available. The green is sold out.

  • Andrea Lyn
    Andrea Lyn
    10/12/2012 10:48 AM

    Just a quick report on my blue Zipbuds. First, they do exactly what they are advertised to do - shocking in today's market place, I know. They do not get tangled or twisted at all. I also like how long the cord is so I can plug it in to my desktop on the floor and not need an extender. It is also amazing how much ambient noise they do block out, which is perfect for me! My cube was just moved next to the sales bullpen, yuck.

    I will say I've never had "in ear" type of buds before (I've always used the soft covered ones) and they have been a bit of an adjustment. I am using the smallest size rubber covers and am able to keep the volume MUCH lower than I have needed in the past b/c they block out so much noise. However, I am finding I am getting headaches when using them for long periods of time, so I do switch off to my old headphones during the day. I also notice some noise that "travel" up the wire. Not sure how to explain it. For example, I hear when the cable "moves" if that makes sense - not sure how to describe it. I am guessing it is b/c the zipper helps keep it rigid and untangled. Not a big deal however in my opinion. My husband also said he notices a slight difference when I am using them on my cell phone as opposed to my old Bluetooth headset, but again, he said it is a minor difference.

    I hope this helps others make an informed decision when purchasing. Overall, the sound is great and I love not having to listen to sales on the phone all day!

  •  Moochiedale
    Moochiedale
    10/19/2012 6:22 PM

    I have very small ear canals and have as yet to find earbuds that have sound quality and are comfortable. I LOVE the idea of the zipper. When I am jogging the cords are always a tangled frustrating mess. Do you think these will work for me?

  •  AGBloemers
    AGBloemers
    10/23/2012 11:13 AM

    Can you adjust the volume on these?

  •  Carol
    Carol
    10/29/2012 3:40 PM

    Will these work w/MP3 players?

  • arleen
    arleen
    11/10/2012 1:18 PM

    These look fantastic! I have the same 'small ear canal' issue so I look forward to seeing your response. Also, any idea when the microphone-equipped items will be available? Thanks!

  •  Valerie
    Valerie
    11/12/2012 12:58 PM

    Would love to have the Turq. Zipbud with microphone. When will they be available again.

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