At a Glance
Dock bases to sync and charge your iPod as well as to connect your iPod to speakers or a stereo.
It used to be that every iPod included one of Apple’s handy Docks; nowadays you’ve got to buy it separately. Why would you want one? For starters, you can keep Apple’s dock connector cable plugged into the Dock; when you want to charge or sync your iPod, you just drop it in the Dock, where the iPod sits safely upright instead of sliding around your desk. The Dock also provides a true line-level audio output jack — a better way to hook up your iPod to your home stereo than by using its headphone jack. For more functionality, check out the “color display” and Universal Docks: If you’ve got an iPod capable of presenting your photos or video on a television — an iPod photo, “iPod with color display,” or “iPod with video” — Apple’s “color display Dock” adds an S-video output for connecting your iPod to your TV. The Universal Dock includes the same video output, but adds a remote control receiver that lets you use Apple’s wireless Remote to control your iPod; thanks to handy Dock inserts, the Universal Dock works with all dockable iPods. Each model-specific Dock fits its respective iPod; Universal Dock fits all dockable iPods.–Dan Frakes