The main reason why I'm doing this is because;
a. My volume button is cracked.
This happened with age, my 3rd gen is almost if not already, two years old. It's been used time and time again, and yes, I confess, I've dropped it. A crack developed in the volume button. It's only a slight nuisance
b. the headphone jack is severely overworked, and it doesn't want me to listen to my music in both ears. This isn't funny.
I looove music in my ears. in my ears, on both sides of my ears; left, right,
while the sides are not perfectly balanced, I just love the sound. It's immersive.
So when I noticed my headphones were all breaking, only allowing me to listen to music in the left or right ear, after being connected to my iPod, I was angry. However, when I rethought the situation, I guessed that the iPod's headphone hole itself was the issue. And I still think it's the problem. This is a major complaint from me; I hate blasting my music out loud, I'm quite sensitive to letting people see or hear what I listen to, especially in a public place. I guess I'm fearful that they won't like my music or that the music will draw attention to me, when attention from strangers is the last thing I want. Therefore I prefer to listen to my music using headphones or earbuds.