The iPod earbud headphones have come under fire for producing "music that's damp and unclear".

"The headphones that come with it offer a dismal fit, tend to blow out and, say audio experts, don't match the high-performance capabilities of the player," reports Forbes.

Reporter Matthew Miller said: "If you're a true or aspiring audiophile we encourage you to throw them in the trash and invest in some quality earphones."

The report carries three reviews of earphones, of which the Bose QuietComfort 2 receives the top rating. Forbes recommends that they are "a good investment for music junkies who find inner-ear phones intrusive or uncomfortable". These headphones cost £275 including VAT in the UK.