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How Much Do iPod Speakers Cost?

low costLow: Low-End Speakers Can Run $10-$60average costMedium: Mid-Range Speakers and Dock Stations Run $100-$200high costHigh: High-End Systems Run $400-$600+
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Selecting the best speakers for an iPod depends largely on the iPod model and how the speaker system will be used. Home docking stations are compact and automatically recharge the iPod whenever it's connected. Portable systems allow access to an iPod when traveling, while more traditional speakers are compatible with all models, even the iPod shuffle.

Typical costs:

  • Budget desktop docking stations cost from about $40 to $100. While some units cater to specific iPod styles only, most offer adapters to accommodate a range of models, including the iPhone. Some budget units will operate from battery as well as AC power, making them suitable for travel. The Altec Lansing Moondance Home[1] features a built-in clock, alarm and FM radio, and is available for less than $60.
  • Midrange docking stations cost from $100 to $200. Expect improved audio performance as well as compatibility with all iPod models, except for the shuffle. An auxiliary output will enable connection to other MP3 players or CD players. The Altec Lansing inMotion Classic[2] comes with a rechargeable battery and an FM tuner and retails for around $120.
  • A high-end iPod docking station will offer premium acoustics capable of delivering room-filling sound. Expect to pay from $200 to $600 for a high-end model. The Bose SoundDock 10[3] retails for about $600
  • Portable iPod speaker systems range from under $10 to over $500. At the low end expect low quality performance from units that run on normal AA batteries. The Jensen JiSS-20 includes a built-in clock and retails for about $40. The Logitech Pure-Fi Anywhere 2[4] usually runs around $110 and includes a 10 hour rechargeable battery and a wireless remote control. The Bose SoundDock Portable[5] music system is a portable version of the Bose SoundDock Series II and costs about $400.
  • Due to the nature of its ultra-compact design, the iPod Shuffle is compatible with very few docking stations. Instead look for speakers that can be connected via the Shuffle's headphone jack. Expect to pay $40 to $150 for iPod speakers. The iHome iHM77[6] stereo mini speakers cost about $50 and are compatible with all iPod models including the Shuffle.
Related articles: iPod, MP3 Player, MP3, iPhone, Speakers

What should be included:
  • Either a jack for attaching an iPod via its headphone socket or a sound dock with adapters to accommodate the different iPod models should be included.
Additional costs:
  • Portable travel bags or protective cases are available for some iPod speakers. Expect to pay from about $20 to $60.
  • Additional rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are also available for some iPod speaker models, ideal if away from power for extended periods. Expect to pay from $10 to $100.
  • Apple Online[7] offers free pickup and return shipping on all iPod speaker purchases so you can try them out risk-free for 14 days.
Shopping for ipod speakers:
  • Apple[8] offers a guide to choosing iPod speakers.
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