Don't-Miss MP3 player accessory Stories
For car stereo systems stuck in the no-input dark ages, Griffin's iTrip Auto will broadcast your iOS devices music as an FM station.
Samson's Expedition XP40iw it is is a versatile system that combines a rugged iPhone/iPod speaker system, a wireless PA system, and a basic mixing board with multiple inputs, and you can tote it just about anywhere. Its sound quality isn’t stellar, but we haven’t seen anything else like it.
The iMT630 is a slim, rechargeable iPhone/iPod speaker dock that sounds good and looks even better.
The Beltpod Smartview is a modern-day, slimmed-down fanny pack for active iPhone and iPod users.
The Tunebug Shake will turn your helmet into a loudspeaker, so you can safely listen to music while riding your bike. And it works, for the most part.
The Bigstream streaming accessory for iOS and some iPods is an acceptable solution but, if you can work with a wired connection, is one that you can implement for less money.
The iHome iA100 is a respectable alarm clock and speaker system, with a handful of extras that you may or may not need in your bedside system. Of course, those features come at a price, but if you’re looking for something that goes that extra mile--for example, if you love the idea of being able to make phone calls from your bed, or if you really want to dock your iPad--then the iA100 might sway you to cough up the dough.
Five after Apple positioned the iPod Hi-Fi as a "home stereo replacement," to much criticism, B&W's Zeppelin Air really can replace a home audio system for many listeners.
The iMainGo X is the latest in Portable Sound Laboratories’ line of portable speakers for the iPhone or iPod. It’s versatile and offers both protection and good sound.
At $49 (or $85 for two), the BaseDock is a somewhat pricey add-on, but if you need a docking station for your iPod or iPhone, the DockBase gets the job done, and looks nice doing it.
Blue Microphones' Mikey has been improved with a line-in and USB charging ports. It's also much more difficult to overdrive than the original Mikey.
In a world where many "iPod alarm clocks" top out at $100, the i525 is on the pricey side, but it’s got bang for that buck. Between the excellent sound quality and the broad assortment of features, you'll be hard pressed to find a better bedside unit.
For $40, the Atomic Bass 2 offers strong bass; pleasant, warm sound; and headset functionality with a great microphone. It may also be a particularly good fit for listeners with small ears.
The Octiv Mini is a simple, compact charging dock with a decent speaker for casual listening and alarm-clock use. It's a great idea, but a few significant flaws hold the Octiv Mini back.
IK Multimedia's $40 AmpliTube iRig and Griffin Technology's $30 GuitarConnect Cable let you connect your guitar to your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad. James Galbraith tries them out to see how well they work.