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If you have an iPod, you probably like to listen to music when you´re on the go, but it´s also nice to be able to listen to your songs when you´re at home, and you don´t want to have to wear your earphones in the house. This dock allows you to connect your iPod to different devices, like speakers or a charger.
It´s very easy to use - you just put the iPod on the dock and it clips into place. This normally turns the iPod on, and you can use the controls like you normally do to play your music. The dock fits most iPods, but the Shuffle is a different shape, so needs a separate device for these purposes.
I think the best thing about this product is that it lets you get more use out of your iPod. There are lots of products that can do this, including some really expensive docking stations and some radios and similar devices with a port built-in - even some TVs. However, this is a very cheap way to achieve the same effect.
The design is similar to other iPod products - it´s simple and white, and like other items in the range, it´s very simple to use. I like attaching it to speakers so I can listen to my music without using earphones.
I would certainly recommend this product, as it lets you do more with your equipment and makes the iPod more versatile.
When your're looking for a replacement dock for your ipod its easy to get drawn in by on of the many cheap copies flooding the market. Sure there are some pretty fancy ones. I saw one for £80, which is still just a Hi-Fi connector.
For just a few pounds the genuine apple product can be bought and with this kind of thing, its a good idea to go original.
All Ipods (with the exception of the shuffle) connect to your PC of mac via a proprietary '32 pin dock connector to USB) older models offered a dock to Firewire connection also, this is faster but cannot be used by any non-click wheel pods.
The dock itself is basically just an extension of the docking plug allowing the ipod to stand upright on display instead of lying flat though this is far more useful than it sounds. For a start the cable clips into the ipod and requires a squeeze of the release buttons to disconnect. The dock is heavy and just a pul will release the ipod meaning easy one handed operation.
The other true genius of the dock is the included audio line out to the rear of the unit. This 3.5mm headphone socket provides full quality pre amp sound when an ipod is connected. What this means is that changing the volume on the ipod will not affect the level of sound through the dock, but that sound is higher quality than through the headphone socket on the pod.
If you are connecting to a separate amplifier ir speakers, make sure you use the pre amp on the dock, it will avoid distortion through processing the sound twice.
The only pitfall could be if you have an iphone as well as ipods. The iphone's 32 pin arrangement is different to previous ipod models so its worth checking that the dock will function fullly before buying. In my experience some do, some dont.
I have a few of these docks, one connnected to each speaker set in my house and one in my car. Brilliant.