Ever since the rise of the iPod, man has struggled with that most vexing of First World problems: How do you keep those stupid #$%*ing earbuds from falling out?! As a result, much thought and even more innovation has been applied to this problem. But the Snap Strap might just be the most effective idea yet.
Protect Your Neck
Essentially, it applies a fairly common idea in headphones, namely wrapping the band around the back of your skull, to a slightly lower place: The back of your neck. Simply clip in the wires of your earbuds to the handy holders on either side, put this on the back of your neck, and you’re good to go.
Out Of The Way
Essentially, the strap serves a few different functions. To start, it reduces friction and wobbling, which both make it harder to hear your music and easier for your earbuds to fall out. Secondly, they serve as an on-the-neck organizer; instead of having your earbuds fall all the way down, they simply fall to your collarbone, and you can even use the strap to pull out your earbuds and talk to somebody before going back to listen to music. And finally, they ensure that your earbuds don’t get tangled; leaving on the strap means the cords are widely separated, and can’t bunch up in that way that we all know all too well.
Snap On the Strap
The best part is that keeping everything where it belongs won’t cost you a lot of money. A Snap Strap with clips for either round wires or flat wires will run you $7 at the IndieGoGo page. For $12 you can get a variety of clips to go with it, and $30 will get you a five-pack, if you’re planning ahead for the stocking stuffers of tomorrow.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.