Can't say I agree.
Because it is hard to do good sound in that formfactor (airpods don't have good sound for music, sorry).. and impossible to do noise cancelling.
Isn’t that where most people would use earbuds? I know I mainly use earbuds on trains and planes. If I’m home I can just play sounds through speakers, and if I’m cycling or something outside I want to be aware of my surroundings and not wear anything over my ears.
Not even for the status symbol, a lot of people don't give a fuck about SQ cause they just want cheap things to listen music to.If I've learned anything in the last decade, than that the product can be the best in the world, and people still would not care if does not have the right branding.
Or in this case... people care surprisingly little about sound quality, as long as whatever they have is some sort of status symbol. A sad state of affairs really.
Maybe you got some bad ones? In recent years I got the MDR-1000X, WI-1000X and the WH-1000XM3. I spent a total of €1050 for just those three. All of them are still in tip top shape.
They could still offer an option for people who want to sacrifice bass and isolation for comfort.