The iPod Speaker market has changed quite a bit over the years as number of brands and options have grown in line with the popularity of the iPod, iPhone and other Apple gadgets. In the beginning functionality was mostly the same on all of them, with the ability to dock, charge, and play music from your iPod through the speakers. These days there are a lot more options, both in terms of functionality as well as design.
Some of the key questions to ask yourself before buying an iPod speaker or sound system are:
- What type of iPod speaker should i be getting? What are you looking to use it for?
- Am i looking for high-end sound or low cost?
- What is my budget?
- Is brand important to me?
What type of iPod Speaker are you after?
These days there are several categories of iPod speakers depending on what you are looking to use it for. Are you looking for a main home sound system, or perhaps an iPod speaker for the office? Do you need to be able to dock your iPhone or perhaps iPad with it as well, or perhaps you need to use it as a bedside alarm clock to wake you up in the morning? It is important to have an idea of what type of solution you are looking for so that you can start narrowing down your search.
Here is an overview of some of the main categories of iPod speakers.
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Home iPod speaker
A quite broad category that generally covers iPod speakers that are stationary for use at home, and often in the living room or other rooms where you tend to listen to music and want to have a better sound quality. The price range can vary a lot depending on how much power you want and brand.
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Portable iPod speaker
A portable iPod speaker is one that supports running on battery or even to be powered by the iPod/iPhone itself. They will range from tiny systems that plug in using the 3.5mm audio jack to more advanced system with a docking station and rechargeable batteries. The most popular ones tend to be rechargeable and small enough to easily transport.
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Wireless iPod speaker
These have become more popular and of improved quality over the years, both in terms of bluetooth based ones as well as the new category of Apple AirPlay speakers now in the market that is built to specifically work well with the Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad. You can find these systems both in the home and portable iPod speaker category.
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Although most iPod speaker docks can accommodate the iPhone, not all of them support the iPhone fully, which means that you have to put your iPhone in flight mode to avoid disturbance. So if the iPhone is your primary source of music then you want to make sure that your speakers have the necessary network shielding.
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With the size of the Apple iPad it means that a lot of older iPod speakers and docking stations can not support the iPad, either because of lack of stability support or because the docking station itself is crated (usually with adaptors for different iPod/iPhone models). There are however more and more options in the market for iPad speakers these days.
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DAB iPod speakers
Digital radio DAB & DAB+ has become a popular feature to integrate with iPod speakers these days, so if you want the option to add radio as well as the music from your iPod/iPhone then DAB speaker docks might be for you.
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iPod alarm clocks
Bedside iPod alarm clocks serve many purposes other than just providing you with your music in the bedroom/kitchen. Most of them will allow you to retire your old school alarm clock, and of course they ensure that your iPod/iPhone is fully charged for the day ahead when you wake up in the morning.
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iPod speaker brands & manufacturers
If you already have an idea about what brand of iPod speakers you are going for, but want to see what options the different brands have, then find your brand here to see what iPod speakers we have listed for each brand.
How much to spend on iPod speakers – price ranges
iPod Speakers come in pretty much all price ranges these days, from around £10 to £1000+ depending on design, brand, style, and how much oomph you want them to have. You are likely to find that most systems sits around the £100 mark, but as more functionality is added the prices are coming up as well.
As with most products, price also often reflect quality (although not always), so if you have a high quality music collection that you enjoy to listen to you might want to look at the high-end iPod speakers instead of the more budget friendly solutions out there.
Select your price bracket below to find some of our favourite iPod speakers at different price ranges.
- iPod speakers under £50
- iPod speakers between £50 – £100
- iPod speakers between £100 – £300
- iPod speakers over £300
We hope this guide and the links within it has helped you find the right iPod speakers for you and always we appreciate both positive and negative feedback, so feel free to get in touch on Twitter.
Latest iPod speakers news
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The Pioneer XW-SMA4 speaker features the same look as the XW-SMA3, but there are some distinct differences between the models, such as the inclusion of a 100mm subwoofer and double the power output.
The smaller of the SMA range of wireless speakers from Pioneer, the XW-SMA1 has many of the same features as the SMA3, with a few exceptions. Available in black or white, the SMA1, ,like its siblings, supports a wide range of streaming options, from AirPlay, HTC Connect, DLNA, to Wireless Direct.
The smaller of the new A-range wireless AirPlay speakers from Bowers & Wilkins, the A5 is still packed with the same high quality components and finish that you expect from Bowers & Wilkins.
With their new A-range of wireless AirPlay speakers, Bowers & Wilkins have gone more subtle in the design, perhaps aiming to create a multi-room system that naturally blends in. Besides the design, there is however little that seems subtle about the powerful B&W A7 speaker.
When the original B&W Zeppelin Air came out a couple of years back it set the standard for all other AirPlay speakers to come, and now B&W have announced that the Zeppelin Air will also become available in a Lightning dock version.
Bowers & Wilkins are really embracing new technology these days, merging their legendary status as audio manufacturer with the growing armada of Apple gadget owners out there. Their latest addition to is the brand new B&W Z2 AirPlay speaker with a nicely integrated Lightning enabled dock.
Sony has delivered another customer favourite with their Sony RDP-X200iP wireless speaker dock, allowing for both the option of Bluetooth streaming as well as docking of your 30-pin connector iPod, iPhone or iPad.
Azatom has over the years emerged as a customer favourite amongst Amazon shoppers, featuring heavily on the bestseller lists for speaker docks. Amongst these favourites is the Azatom iFlute, a small and portable speaker dock at a very affordable price.