Spot the cat bit through the wire to my iPod's right earbud last night. I also had a pair of Philips earbuds which had a malfunctioning left earbud, so, i used a mini-jack splitter and put the two good halves together. So now I can listen to my iPod in stereo. Works great! I have ordered a new set of buds from Apple, the ones with the remote and mic.