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Thanks to capitalism, tech advances have a funny way of reverting back to the old way of doing things.

Consumers were excited about Apple AirPods when they first became available on December 13, 2016.

In addition to playing music, the Bluetooth-enabled wireless device included a built-in microphone enabling noise-cancellation.

It also nixed the cumbersome cord that connected the ear buds together.

And while the in-ear placement feature – which paused music in the event one of the stubby pods fell out of your ear – proved to be convenient on one level, a large demographic of music lovers were fearful of being left with a solo earpiece after losing the other.

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