After revealing AirPods in September, Apple finally listed the wireless earbuds for sale last week. But shipping times are currently listed at six weeks. If you can't wait that long, or if you've tried the AirPods and decided they're not for you, you might consider a different kind of wireless earbud, sometimes called "hearables." (Read TIME's AirPod review here.) Over the past several weeks, I've put these five alternatives in my ears. Each pair of wireless buds listed below have some great features with hard-to swallow compromises, but you might find something you like. Our big takeaway? So-called "hearables" aren't quite here yet — give it another product cycle or two before tech companies get this new product category right. This article originally appeared on

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