Currently Being ModeratedJan 28, 2013 3:06 PM (in response to mithrasangel)
It is possible you aren't pushing them all the way in, the jack is fairly tight when new.
But yours sounds like the jack is broken. Make a Genius Bar appointment at your nearest Apple Store.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 10, 2013 6:27 PM (in response to deggie)
Ok, more follow-up.
Roommate had a pair of iPod buds that he'd never used, and let me have them.
There are marked differences between the iPod 3.5 mm jack and a "standard" 3.5 mm jack.
The standard 3.5 mm jack has three sections, tip, middle, and call it 'core'.
The iPod jack has 4 sections, tip, middle, core 1 and core 2.
The seperator for each of the common sections (tip to middle/middle to core(core1)) are at the same place.
I suspect that the "core 2" is how the the iPod/iPad/iPhone uses the microphone.
No big deal, except I can't have a microphone, at all, period, at work. Absolutely forbidden (if I want to keep my job).
Breaking out the micrometer (yes, I own a micrometer), it looks as though the iPod jack is a lot closer to the 3.5mm tolerance, than the standard one, which may be the issue. That is, the core1/core2 sections are 3.5mm exactly, whereas the 3rd party jack is 3.46mm. I wouldn't think that would make enough of a difference, but apparently it does.
So, I'm back to my starting point:
Is there an "approved for iPod" set of headphones that doesn't have a microphone built in?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 10, 2013 7:12 PM (in response to mithrasangel)
Yes, any headphones with a miniplug that do not have a microphone/controls built in.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 11, 2013 12:16 AM (in response to deggie)
That was sort of the opposite of helpful, deggie.
I've tried three different sets of earbuds, and all have the original issue where if the plug flexes slightly, the sound cuts out. This does not happen with the iPod earbuds.
Now, this could just be lower quality control on various earbuds than the iPod standard, but I don't know; I've only run the micrometer on the first set, because I returned the other two pair as defective.
What I'm looking for is earbuds, other than the new iPod ones (that all have the microphone built in) that has the Apple stamp of "approved for iPod". Everything I've found at both Best Buy, Frys and online has "approved for iPod/iPad/iPhone" and thus has a mic. Why Apple isn't supplying the "just earbuds" set separately for those of don't want/need a mic, I don't know.
Links would be most helpful in this regard.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 11, 2013 8:36 AM (in response to mithrasangel)
I'm guessing it is not the headphones, it is the headphone jack in your Nano.
I've used 2 different Grado's, Sennheiser exercise model, B&W, and 2 different Ultimate Ears headphones and have not had the problem you are experiencing.