Besides the problem that the iPod doesn't work is a more important problem. The earphones won't stay in my ear. I looked at someone else’s ears and they have a small area on the outside of their ears which helps make a concave area or ledge in which the earphone can sit. The earphones just fall off. There must be a solution; others must have the same problem. Is there another manufacture with a different solution?
Here is one option for earbuds. there are much more expensive ones designed for blocking noise that go deeper into the ear, and there are the standard headphones also. just do a search for earbuds, and check out the different designs.