Do yours have the dual drivers?
Maybe if you had managed to get a better seal they would have sounded better to your ears.
I agree that Apple's original earbuds and their subsequent first attempt at IEMs did not go well. I bought a pair of those as well, and was not impressed.
But I was referring to the third-generation of Apple earphones, which is their second-generation of IEMs; they are the only version with dual drivers, so I just wanted to make sure
I have used IEMs successfully, I have a pair of Etymotic's that work well for me.