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Chapter 8. Using an iPod with a Home Ste... > Using an iPod As a Portable Home Ste...

Using an iPod As a Portable Home Stereo or Boombox

If you want to be able to listen to your iPod without headphones, use it as a home stereo, or use it as a portable boombox, you can obtain a set of iPod speakers. Typically, the iPod drops into a Dock-like port on the speakers. When powered via an AC adapter, the iPod also charges while you are using it. Some speakers can be battery powered too, so you can use the iPod boombox anywhere.

Many iPod speakers are available, and most offer similar features. My favorite is the Altec Lansing IM3c (see Figure 8.3). These speakers are about the size of a small hardcover book and fold flat for easy storage. They can be run on the included AC adapter or on batteries. The unit also includes a remote control so you can control the iPod music from a distance. But the best part about these amazing speakers is how good they sound; you won't be sacrificing anything for the unit's small size. I take my set with me whenever I travel so I can have my own stereo system in hotel rooms or wherever I happen to be.


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