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MacBytes
Aug 6, 2005, 12:31 PM
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mac 2005
Aug 6, 2005, 12:45 PM
Very cool tip. Plan to make much use of this feature.

nagromme
Aug 6, 2005, 02:06 PM
The iPod's built-in alarm sound is short and quiet, but it does work with no speakers attached--if you're a light sleeper!

This is why I want a top-mounted mini-speaker that runs without batteries. The cheap speakers that came with my eMachines have NO power source--they just play the signal coming down the wire, like headphones without a strap! But they're surprisingly loud, given then. Not good, but loud enough to wake by, and to fill a small room with music. And my iPod Photo can drive them for hours.

So I want the same from an iPod speaker/pair: a single unit that snaps on like an iTrip. Several exist already, but they all require batteries.

IndigoQuack
Aug 6, 2005, 06:30 PM
Nice!

Although I actually use my iBook (and previously my G3 iMac) as an alarm clock, thanks to the excellent iRooster (http://www.sixdollarchimp.com/irooster.php)

The clever thing about that is its ability to wake your Mac from sleep, if needbe, to play the alarm.

I liked it so much I even registered! :)

Squire
Aug 6, 2005, 08:05 PM
This is why I want a top-mounted mini-speaker that runs without batteries.

How about an iTalk? It would do the trick (although I wouldn't necessarily call it cheap.)

Squire

EGT
Aug 6, 2005, 08:54 PM
Nice!

Although I actually use my iBook (and previously my G3 iMac) as an alarm clock, thanks to the excellent iRooster (http://www.sixdollarchimp.com/irooster.php)

The clever thing about that is its ability to wake your Mac from sleep, if needbe, to play the alarm.

I liked it so much I even registered! :)

Ohh cool. I've always wanted something like this! :D Thanks!

polythene pam
Aug 6, 2005, 10:46 PM
check out this product
http://www.macally.com/spec/ipod/podwave.html

I haven't used it but the concept is pretty cool... and for the alarm clock purposes it would work fine, I'm sure.

nagromme
Aug 7, 2005, 02:56 AM
How about an iTalk? It would do the trick (although I wouldn't necessarily call it cheap.)

That's a thought--and it would allow voice memos if I wanted. But there are some little STEREO speaker units now--like Podwave, which would be ideal if only it could run without batteries! I like the stereo aspect for having background music in the room while I'm doing something.

(It's possible that Podwave does play at reduced volume without the batteries--I'm not sure.)

dloomer
Aug 8, 2005, 11:22 AM
I like the idea of an iPod alarm clock, but Apple needs to add a snooze function. Also, it would be nice to make it shuffle your wake-up playlist without having to set the global "shuffle songs" function on.

Chip NoVaMac
Aug 9, 2005, 06:30 PM
check out this product
http://www.macally.com/spec/ipod/podwave.html

I haven't used it but the concept is pretty cool... and for the alarm clock purposes it would work fine, I'm sure.

Neat idea. But I travel with the Altec Lansing traveling iPod speakers (IIRC the IM3 now). Runs off AA batteries, no bigger than a small book. Used on my recent trip to SF to give me my tunes while in the room (trying to stay away from TV), and it was a great alarm clock too.

Since some are wowed by this tip, did you know that iPod has a sleep timer too? Fall asleep to your favorite tunes for a p[reset amount of time, and your iPod turns itself off!