I go through headphones faster than anyone I know. In fact, the last time I bought headphones, I went ahead and bought 2 sets because I knew I would break them and didn't want to make the return trip.
The problem is they are so big and bulky that you, well I should say that I think that they are far more rugged than they really are. So they end up getting abused. One might suggest that I switch to earbuds. Fine suggestion, except that I've already tried that, many times, and they all have 3 common problems.
- Crappy sound. I'm no audiophile, but there is a big sound difference between headphones and earbuds. It just makes sense, bigger speakers means bigger sound. Case closed.
- Uncomfortable. I never could find a pair of earbuds that didn't (a) start to hurt after extended use, or (b) fall out of my ear every time I shifted my head.
- They get lost or tangled. I carry a lot of wires. I mean a lot. Really - I have a bag of wires that goes with me pretty much any time I'm going to work or going to work on something for someone. Micro USB, Mini USB, Apple 30-pin connector, 2 3-port mini-surge protectors, AC adapters... And earbuds. It can be a mess in there.