5 Cool Earbuds Under $30

So you just dropped a bunch of cash on your iPod or MP3 player of choice and you don’t have a lot left over to spring for earbuds. No worries -- there are still plenty of options out there for you (as long as you understand you won’t necessarily be getting audiophile-quality reproduction).

Skullcandy Riot

Skullcandy Riot earbuds
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Skullcandy makes headphones at all price points and in all colors, and their Riot earbuds come in a range of styles sure to suit any motif. They have 11mm drivers – above average for this size and price range -- and they come with three different silicone gel caps.  

Sony EX

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Sony isn’t always the first brand you think of when you’re looking for cheap earbuds, but they get in on the game with their EX earbuds. These not only come in a variety of colors, but you can also get replacement ear caps in different shades if you get bored with the ones you have.

JVC Gumy

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You get can JVC’s Gumy earbuds in just about every color of the rainbow (a whopping nine versions), and for good reason -- they're meant to coordinate with the iPod Nano. These have a rubber body and impressive 13.5mm drivers. At less than $10, you can not only get one to match your iPod but you can get a spare set for when you’re not feeling so matchy-match.

Altec Lansing Muzx MHP136

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The Muzx MHP136 from Altec Lansing are the most expensive earbuds on this list, but they get bonus points for their wood housings -- something you typically only find on more expensive models. They still clock in at less than $30 and come with small-, medium- and large-sized tips.

iFrogz Plugz

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The iFrogz Plugz are notable because they come with an in-line microphone -- a necessary earbud addition if you’re using an iPhone. As an added bonus, the in-line mic doubles as an inline remote control.  The Plugz come in seven colors: black, blue, green, orange, pink, red and gray.