White Sony earbuds? Probably the Phontopia's then? Good god man. I'm suprised your eardrums haven't up and left your head in disgust yet. You probably paid $35 for them. Excellent value if all the music you listen to sounds the same.
If you INSIST on white, shell out a little extra cheese, and get the Etymotic ER-6i's. They are about $130, but IF you like LISTENING to your music, you will appreciate them. Then again, I've never met anyone with an I-pod that LISTENS to what is on it. They are mostly just for drowning out the world.
Yes, I got the MDR-EX71SL - they *were* about $35, and they are excellent. I liked the Etymotics but the difference was only marginal for 3x the price, as well as the Shure E3C. I heard from a friend that the Etymotics start to sound better after you've been using them for awhile. Oh well, too late. I love the Sonys. I plan to buy the new Shures that supposedly have much better bass response but I'll have to try them out in person (the bass on the E5C and E3C are incredibly disappointing). Fortunately, I DO like to LISTEN to the music that I'm playing, very intently and if you read but the first post of the Music thread, you would see that the music I listen to is extremely eclectic. At home, I use Grado SR80s. Sure, lots of iPod users out there are consumer whores, but not all of them, and I pity the person who doesn't want to get an iPod because they're afraid of being lumped into that crowd, you must feel very frustrated. For the record, I've wanted an iPod since long before they became as ubiquitous and cool as they did two falls ago. The iRiver is cool, but the product design is shit and the interface as well leaves something to be desired. I can't be dragging something around that looks like a Linux-nerd designed it. Oh, and the white of the earbuds was an option - they came in either black or white, so I picked white.