These days, the use of traditional headphones has given way to little earbuds that we stick in our ears. Of course, old school headphones sound better, but even I have succumb to use the basic earbuds that came with my iPod.
I have a complaint to make; one that I imagine would be universal. That is that every company makes it too difficult to determine which of the two earbuds you are sticking in your ear. The little L and R stamped on the sides are unnecessarily hard to read, regardless of the brand. I find this to be needlessly frustrating. I have complained about this many times over the past few years.
I would like to propose a new standard in which the left earbud is a completely different color than the right one. Earbuds should be made with one side black and the other side white, for instance. Whether I am holding the left or right earbud needs to be made blatantly obvious. It is important to the sound quality that the correct half is in the correct corresponding ear. I beg the manufacturers of these things to make it clear which is which. This desperately needs to be done. Somebody make it so.