As one of the best rated gadgets of the last few years, the iPod has seen a number of accessory releases to complement its use. And, as a music player, one of the most popular accessories has to be the iPod speaker dock. Here's a guide to what you need to consider before buying iPod speakers. Do You Really Need Special Speakers For Your iPod? The short answer is no, you don't need any kind of special speakers for your iPod. Any speakers that'll allow you to connect a device using the headphone jack will do. Whatever you're playing on the iPod will play out through the speakers, in the same way as you're playing the iPod in your car. However, there are a few benefits to choosing speakers that are specifically designed for use with your iPod. For a start, these speakers usually come with a charging dock. This means that you won't need to worry about your iPod running out of battery while you're playing your music. It also means that your iPod fits perfectly between the speakers - they look sleek and tidy! Finding the Best iPod Speakers For You Although you could just go for some of the top rated iPod speaker docks, you should also bear in mind that different products are better suited for certain situations. Here are a few points you'll want to think about before buying your iPod speakers: Using Speakers With Your iPhone: If you own an iPod and an iPhone then you'll probably want to find some speakers that work with, and charge up, both devices. Speakers designed for iPhone have the added benefit of not having any interference if you receive calls while the iPhone is connected. Portable iPod Speaker Docks: If you want speakers that you can take with you on holiday then quality probably isn't going to be top of the list. While you still want good quality, portability and value are usually the main concerns. Listening To Your iPod At Home: If you're going to be keeping the speakers in pretty much one place inside the home then quality definitely should be your first concern, and you should look for the top quality iPod speaker docks on the market. Top Rated iPod Speaker Docks Here are some of the top rated and bestselling iPod speaker docks available to buy right now: Cyber Acoustics Portable Digital Docking Speaker for iPod: This is an extremely successful and popular portable speaker system for your iPod. It comes with a travel pouch so that you can take it with you wherever you want, and charges the iPod while you're listening. It works using 4 AA batteries or an AC adapter. Logitech S715i Rechargeable Speaker for iPod and iPhone: Still a portable iPod speaker dock, the Logitech S715i is designed for people who are more serious and have more money to spend on a higher quality system. It creates a balanced sound from eight custom-tuned speaker drivers, with a remote control that lets you control the music functions of your iPod from up to 30 feet away. It also comes with a handy travel pouch. iHome iP28 Portable Travel Alarm Clock for iPod and iPhone: If you're going to be using the iPod in the bedroom then this is the perfect speaker system for you. It's built into a digital clock that will also serve as an alarm, powered by two AA batteries. You can now wake up to your favorite iPod music! The speakers above are just a small selection of what's available. Just remember to choose your iPod speaker dock based on how and where you'll be listening to it and you'll have the perfect accessory for your iPod.
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