Apple's AirPod began smoking in ear, blew apart, says man - CNET. Since their introduction, Apple's AirPods have gotten flack for being easy to lose, and ugly. Who wants to walk around with a long piece of white plastic hanging out of their ears? Now, we find out that Apple has its own exploding tech media fire on its hands. Well, not exploding; but, pretty close. This guy's AirPod caught fire in his ear. He must have been listening to some early Metal. It could have been moisture related, because he was exercising at the time. Just another reason why exercise is bad for you. Now, go get a decent set of headphones and leave fashion to the Apple people.