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IPod Hi-Fi

iPod Hi-Fi
Manufacturer Apple Inc.
Type Stereo speaker system
Retail availability February 28, 2006 to September 5, 2007.
Connectivity Dock connector, Auxiliary Input

iPod Hi-Fi is a speaker system that was developed and manufactured by Apple Inc. and was released on February 28, 2006, for use with any iPod digital music player.[1] The iPod Hi-Fi retailed at the Apple Store for US$349 until its discontinuation on September 5, 2007.


At launch

The iPod Hi-Fi was announced by Steve Jobs on February 28, 2006, alongside the first Intel-based Mac mini.[2]


  • High price, more expensive than other similar products such as the iBoom and Bose's SoundDock.[3]
  • Lack of an AM/FM radio.[4]
  • Placement of the iPod itself in a vulnerable location compared to other similar devices such as the Bose SoundDock. This is due to the iPod device sitting atop the unit, with no other method of securing the player to the dock besides the 30-pin dock connector.
  • The supplied remote control has limited functionality. The remote can only control the volume and skip between tracks within the selected playlist. The menu button switches between the dock and the audio-in port; it cannot assume the function of the menu button on the docked iPod itself.[5]
  • iPod compatibility: Only some iPod models can use the iPod Hi-Fi dock. The stereo comes with adapters for third generation (20 GB, 40 GB), fourth generation (20 GB, 30 GB, 40 GB, 60 GB, U2 special edition) and fifth generation (30 GB, 60 GB, 80 GB) iPods, and the first and second generations of the iPod nano. The iPod shuffle does not have a dock connector, and so can only connect to the audio-in port and cannot be recharged by the stereo.[6] So, with the exception of the iPod shuffle, the iPod Hi-Fi can be used with all iPods with a dock connector, however will only charge iPods that support Firewire charging.
  • An adapter must be used to charge newer iPod models (except for iPod classic) and the iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4 and 4S because they require a lower voltage: the iPod Hi-Fi supplies 12VDC (FireWire) while the newer devices expect 5VDC (USB).


On September 5, 2007, the iPod Hi-Fi was discontinued by Apple, and disappeared from Apple's online store.[7]

Engadget received an official statement from Apple:[8]


  1. ^ "Apple Announces iPod Hi-Fi". Apple. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  2. ^ Jennifer Guevin. "Bloggers underwhelmed by Apple announcements". Archived from the original on July 16, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2006. 
  3. ^ John Borland. "iPod Hi-Fi has big-sounding ambitions". Archived from the original on July 12, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2006. 
  4. ^ Jennifer Guevin. "Bloggers underwhelmed by Apple announcements". Archived from the original on July 16, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2006. 
  5. ^ iPod Hi-Fi User guide. "Chapter 3, Using the Apple Remote, pages 20-21" (PDF). Retrieved May 25, 2007. 
  6. ^ iPod Hi-Fi User guide. "Chapter 2, Step 2: Connect your iPod, page 13" (PDF). Retrieved May 25, 2007. 
  7. ^ Bye bye, HiFi - The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)
  8. ^ Block, Ryan. "Apple Hi-Fi, RIP: 2006 - 2007". Engadget. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 

External links

  • CNET Review
  • PC Magazine Review
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