So in April, as my iPod headphones showed signs of fraying, etc. after only 6 months or so, I picked up a pair of Shure E2C headphones from Amazon.com.
Recently, they started acting up. I would have a lot of static or lose sound entirely in one bud.
Given that I'm in Germany now, I figured I might have problems with a US warranty or something, but no sweat whatsoever.
I emailed the Shure distributor in Germany, and they said to send in the headphones with my US receipt.
I did, and within a week, I had a brand new pair.
Given how much better these suckers sound than the iPod headphones, and given how good the customer service is, I would highly recommend the upgrade for anyone . . . they're a good investment.