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Is there a high quality ear bud that can fast forward and rewind?

Asked by Caravanfan (7259points) 1 week ago

I have a pair of the over the ears Bose noise cancelling headphones, and it allowed me to go backwards and forwards by swiping. This is useful as I listen to a lot of podcasts and audiobooks. My daughter’s Apple Air pods don’t have this functionality—you can just tap to the next song. But I want to be able to rewind, say 15 seconds.

Is this a thing in earbuds?

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Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Google for earbud three button remote. I looked at the manual for one model (JBL T110BT) and the PDF seems to say the ”+” and ”-” buttons are FF and REW when playing music.

ihavereturned's avatar

You can set the behavior of AirPods to skip the song or the next few seconds. Click the “i” icon on your AirPods when they’re paired to set this functionality.

Caravanfan's avatar

@ihavereturned Thanks. I’m actually more interested in a rewind feature. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and when my attention wanders I want to go back 15–30 seconds to refresh. What I do now is take my phone out and click the rewind button.

ihavereturned's avatar

You can set that too!

ihavereturned's avatar

Further, you can set one AirPod to rewind and the other to forward.

Caravanfan's avatar

@ihavereturned Thanks! I actually had a chat with Apple support yesterday and they said that it couldn’t do that. But she was just a Tier 1 chat support.

ihavereturned's avatar

It depends on the app. For example, if you look at Podcast settings, you can make the skip buttons either be for skipping tracks or skipping forward of back by a few seconds.

Once you’ve set that, go to the AirPods setting in the Bluetooth page and set the left AirPod for previous, and the right AirPod for next.

Caravanfan's avatar

@ihavereturned Thanks. So it’s a function of the app, not the buds.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

If the app setting don’t do that, and you are still shopping, I like the Wirecutter for product reviews. They test lots of models against each other and make a few recommendations.

They separate the earbuds into categories – wireless, wired, under $50.

The Wirecutter – Earbuds

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