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Listen to radio silently
Dismantle for scrap electronics
Item ID
PlushSpiffo.pngThis article is about the white variant. For the red variant, see Headphones.

Earbuds are an electrical item that are used to stop zombies hearing sound from radios and ValuTech PortaDiscs.


Sound reduction

Earbuds can be plugged into a radio, walkie talkie, or ValuTech PortaDisc, allowing the player to listen to the radio, or other players without producing any noise, therefore not attracting any zombies.

To do this, the radio info panel must be opened, then the earbuds can be dragged into the "earbuds slot" (Ham radios cannot use earbuds, see headphones).


Earbuds can be dismantled with a screwdriver, which will result in one scrap electronics.


Product Ingredients Tools Requirements Workstation XP
Scrap Electronics
One of:
CordlessPhone.png Cordless Phone ×1
DigitalWatch.png Digital Watch ×1
Earbuds.png Earbuds ×1
Flashlight.png Flashlight ×1
Flashlight2.png Hand Torch ×1
Headphones.png Headphones ×1
VideoGame.png Video Game ×1
none none 0.5 Electrical


The loot distributions can be found in the table(s) below.

Earbuds distribution Show / Hide
Effective chance calculations are based off of default loot settings, and median zombie density. The higher the density of zombies in an area, the higher the effective chance of an item spawning. Chance is also influenced by the lucky and unlucky traits.
Building/Room Container Effective chance
Bag_ALICEpack Large Backpack 1.01%
Bag_ALICEpack_Army Military Backpack 1.01%
Bag_BigHikingBag Big Hiking Bag 1.01%
Bag_DuffelBag Duffel Bag 1.01%
Bag_DuffelBagTINT Duffel Bag 1.01%
Bag_Military Duffel Bag 1.01%
Bag_NormalHikingBag Hiking Bag 1.01%
Bag_Satchel Satchel 1.01%
Bag_Schoolbag School Bag 1.01%
Electrician crate 10.78%
Electrician metal_shelves 10.78%
Handbag Handbag 1.01%
Purse Purse 1.01%
all Outfit_Student 1.61%
all Outfit_Varsity 1.61%
all dresser 3.98%
all inventoryfemale 1.01%
all inventorymale 1.01%
all junk 1.01%
all locker 3.98%
all wardrobe 3.98%
bathroom locker 3.98%
bedroom crate 0.65%
bedroom crate 10.78%
bedroom dresser 3.98%
bedroom sidetable 3.98%
bedroom wardrobe 3.98%
changeroom locker 3.98%
closet crate 0.65%
closet crate 3.98%
closet crate 10.78%
daycare wardrobe 3.98%
factorystorage locker 3.98%
garagestorage crate 0.65%
garagestorage crate 3.98%
garagestorage crate 10.78%
garagestorage locker 3.98%
hall locker 6.29%
laundry locker 3.98%
livingroom crate 10.78%
livingroom sidetable 3.98%
motelroomoccupied sidetable 1.61%
pawnshop crate 10.78%
pawnshopoffice crate 10.78%
pawnshopstorage crate 10.78%
pawnshopstorage metal_shelves 10.78%
security locker 3.98%
storageunit crate 0.65%
storageunit crate 3.98%
storageunit crate 10.78%
storageunit metal_shelves 0.65%
storageunit metal_shelves 10.78%
Type Container Effective chance
Ambulance Glove Box 6.29%
Carpenter Glove Box 6.29%
Construction Worker Glove Box 6.29%
Distillery Glove Box 6.29%
Doctor Glove Box 6.29%
Electrician Glove Box 6.29%
Farmer Glove Box 6.29%
Fire Glove Box 6.29%
Fisherman Glove Box 6.29%
Fossoil Glove Box 6.29%
All Glove Box 6.29%
Golf Glove Box 6.29%
Heralds Glove Box 6.29%
Hunter Glove Box 6.29%
Mass Gen Fac Glove Box 6.29%
McCoy Glove Box 6.29%
Metal Welder Glove Box 6.29%
Painter Glove Box 6.29%
Postal Glove Box 6.29%
Radio Glove Box 6.29%
Ranger Glove Box 6.29%
Spiffo Glove Box 6.29%
Survivalist Glove Box 6.29%
Transit Glove Box 6.29%


Building Container Rolls Chance
All Female Corpse 3 2
Small Table 3 2
Department Store Counter 3 3
Display Case 7 10
Electronics Store Counter 3 3
Shelves 3 3
Jewelry Store Counter 3 3
Motel Room Other 2 2
2 1


Earbuds do not spawn in vehicles naturally.


  • Earbuds in the real world, are designed to fit into a user's ear canal, differing from headphones in which fit around the head over the user's ears.
  • Earbuds were not really popular until the early 2000s, being popularized by iPods in the early 2000s, but they are still commonplace in the game, likely due to continuity error.


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Source: ProjectZomboid\media\scripts\newitems.txt

Retrieved: Build 41.78.16
item Earbuds
	    DisplayCategory = Electronics,
		Weight	=	0.1,
		Type	=	Normal,
		DisplayName	=	Earbuds,
		Icon	=	Earbuds,
		WorldStaticModel = EarBuds,

See also