When the iPod was released in 2001, the revolution of the digital music revolution was in full swing. Apple's genius idea to include white headphones was an easy way of showing your brand loyalty and affinity for the iPod. However, there was a dark side the new trend.
Due to Apple's products being expensive and capable of holding their value in the second-hand market (including the black market), people wearing white Apple headphones suddenly became targets for opportunistic thieves. In 2001, the original iPod cost approximately $518 (or about $757 with inflation). Even today, the iPhone brand has made this problem twice as worse, cost-wise. In Australia, an iPhone 7 with a storage capacity of 256 gigabytes will cost you about $1,100.
Fortunately, though, there are a few ways to make yourself a harder target for thieves. For one thing, not listening to your music at maximum is a good first step. While it might be fun to occasionally listen to an album at max volume, doing so on the train or bus can cause several issues. You will have less awareness of people around you, opening yourself up to being pick-pocketed. You can also miss your call for stops, upset other passengers and even damage your ears with prolonged exposure to loud music.
Finally, keeping your audio at a reasonable level is especially important when riding your bike or walking around traffic. Listening to music at loud volume through headphones while riding a bike can be part
Be wary of noise-cancelling headphones as well. While they are great for lying in bed and relaxing (or watching a movie in a city apartment with lots of background noise), noise-cancelling headphones can also have the side effect of limiting your situational awareness. If you choose to use such headphones, it is a good idea to pick a high-quality pair that will give you a crisp and balanced sound; this way, you don't need to be as concerned about noise bleed or personal security.
Additionally, it is a very good idea to keep your portable music player secured to your person at all times when not in your hands. When you do have it in your hands (which is quite often if you're using a smartphone to enjoy audio), be sure to have a firm grasp to make it much harder for a thief to try to snatch and grab your expensive devices.
Look into headphones from a business like Tivoli Hi-Fi Pty Ltd if you want to consider the best options for your daily routine.