This is something which is probably pretty simple for those in the know, but I never could find it anywhere on the web, so I had to figure it out myself the old-fashioned way. If you have a set of earbuds (or other earphones with mini-jack) and you want to splice on a new plug, or longer cord, or make your own ipod-to-speaker connector, or whatever, you need to know what part of the little plug connects to what.
So that’s what I figured out, sacrificing an old (non-working) pair of spiffy white Ipod official earbuds.
The little wires are exceedingly tiny, and they’re enameled, so very hard to strip. You can do it by gentle scraping with a razor blade or exacto, or the easier way (which is what I did) is to use a match–the insulation burns right off, producing a wisp of (probably toxic) smoke, and a residue you can wipe off with a cloth. Then you’ve got bare wires to work with.
The wires in the ipod earbuds were color-coded, but I wouldn’t count on that in every set. But here’s how it worked for these (See the picture–click to enlarge–for a better understanding)–
|Tip of Plug||Green Wire||Left Earbud|
|Middle of Plug||Red Wire||Right Earbud|
|Base of Plug||Blue Wire and Red/Green Striped Wire||Grounds|
So the individual buds pair up this way:
|Right Earbud||Red and Blue (Ground)|
|Left Earbud||Green and Red/Green (Ground)|
So now you know! (or at least, now I know. That had been bugging me for a ridiculously long time. Oh, sure, I could have found somewhere to look it up…but now I really know!)