No one likes the earbuds that come with iPods and iPhones, but sometimes you just have to make do with what you have. Reader uscdb shows us one way to make music sound a bit better on old iPod earbuds.
I've searched around and haven't found anyone that has done this but I recently was forced to resort to those crappy iPod earbuds you get bundled with every iDevice.
Basically instead of inserting them in your ear with the speaker facing your ear canal, insert it like you normally would then grab the wire and pull it up 90 degrees so the top of the earbud is facing your ear canal. The end that the wire comes out of should be perpendicular to your head. Give it a little push in and surprisingly it will stick (at least it does for me).
You will find that this significantly increases the bass and mid range, while leveling off some of that tin-can like treble, giving you a much fuller sound. In my opinion it's a vast improvement from the original intended audio quality you get from the earbuds.
I think this imrpovement is due to the seal you get in your ear using this method that mimics higher quality earplug type earbuds.
You can fiddle around with the placement to find the optimal sound, I found that pushing it in further and slight changing the angle might give you an even better sound, although that involves holding your hand there depending on your ears. In my opinion, this really does improve the awful audio quality of the earbuds. People deserve better sounding music and if youre just stuck with Apple then you gotta make lemonade (or apple juice, as the case may be).
I no longer have any old iPod headphones—I haven't bought a new iDevice in a few years myself—so try it out and let us know how it works for you in the comments.