With electronics prices continually dropping, it's not outlandish to guess that you didn't pay a whole lot for your current iPod. Whether you bought a used iPod Shuffle from a friend for $30 or simply found a nice deal on eBay, you can at least be sure that you didn't spend $400 on it.
So if you consider yourself such a discerning customer of Apple gadgets, why are you reading this article about how to spend more money on your iPod? Chances are that you're also a fan of your iPod an want to learn how to use it to enhance the sound, ditch the docks, and make your life - in general - much easier. With that in mind, let's take a look at this $400 investment and see if it's really down your bargain-hunting alley.
The Problem with iPod/iPhone Docks
It doesn't take a genius to figure out that one of the great things about iPods is that they're so mobile and easy to use. You plug in your headphones, stuff the iPod in your pocket, and head to work - the thing is so inconspicuous that some people might not even see you listening to music.
That's the problem with docks. You end up plugging in your iPod to one stationary location and you're immediately stuck with that dock, bringing you back to the days of boombox technology. Not exactly cutting edge, is it?
If you're going to have your iPod around simply to feed music to your new "boombox," then maybe you should just buy a speaker system. And if you want a really good one, you can expect to shell out a few hundred dollars for it. Right? Enter the S5.
The Sonos S5
Sonos is a fancy word for "sophisticated stereo start-up company that charges you ridiculous prices for products you wish you could afford." A quick browse at their web site will yield plenty of intriguing products, from multi-room stereo systems to crystal clear sound producers. In other words, Sonos provides killer sounds that an iPod addict with a penchant for throwing parties can't resist.
The kicker? Sonos provides a dockless iPod/iPhone stereo system. That's right: dockless. A wireless connection to your iPod/iPhone means that you can listen to your music and carry your iPod/iPhone to and fro with little worry. Simply walk in your house from a tough day at work and rig it up - no docking required.
According to MercuryNews.com, the sound quality is comparable to that of similarly-priced stereo systems ranging in the several hundred dollars, which means you won't be missing out on any of the sophisticated studio-produced sounds currently resting in your playlist.
Advice for the Poor
This stereo is, of course, exciting for the person who has $400 or so lying around. But what about the rest of us? You don't want exactly want to shell out a few hundred dollars just to have a stereo that's dockless, right?
Well, if that's the case, you might want to attempt the customer-power idea of having your cake and eating it to. Here are a few ways you can look for reduced prices:
- Shop eBay. Whenever you want to buy something that can be shipped, you should think of eBay right away. There's no reason not to at least enter a search for the type of product you're looking for and see if you can buy a used edition for much less money.
- Barter. Try to find someone else who has a stereo like the S5 and see if you can trade something valuable but expendable for it.
- Save. If worst comes to worst, you can just save over a period of time, delay gratification, and pay for an S5 when you're ready.