I can understand the warranty change. But, it is somewhat frustrating. A part of the reason we Power Users exist is to review the items in their fullness. The reason they give us free or discounted items is because they see the value in our promotion of their products. How can we be completely honest and transparent about an item if it is defective and Anker will not warranty the item?
That being said, I had an issuein July with the left earbud completely quitting on my SoundBuds Life that I received for free as a result of the PowerUser program in June. They sent me a new one and it works perfectly. I was using it every day all day long during that short period of time, but it still should not have broken; it was certainly defective. Since then, I have been able to testify of Anker's Customer Support and warranty service, but with this change, I won't be able to do that.
Some chafing with this decision for sure.