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Altec Lansing revealed the inMotion today -- "the first portable audio system designed expressly for the Apple iPod"

The inMotion iPod/Speaker system provides a docking bay, allowing 3rd Generation (Dock) iPods to perform syncing functions, alarm integration and easily dock with the Speaker System.

Available exclusively in the Apple Online Store in October, and then a general release.

inMotion provides a unique use of the Dock Connector introduced in the 3rd Generation iPods, possibly eliminating one of the possibilites on the wishlist from the rumored iPod Peripherals

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e2chris

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Runs off of batteries?? That thing is weak. 2 Watts a channel. I think I can hum louder than this thing.
 

srobert

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looks

Well... it's not ugly but it sure ain't applelicious looking.
 

Mudbug

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Originally posted by e2chris
Runs off of batteries?? That thing is weak. 2 Watts a channel. I think I can hum louder than this thing.
well, I don't think anyone expects hifi sound out of the thing - more like this is intended for folks who just like to listen to music in a smaller setting, like an office. This would be great where I work - bring in the ipod, plop it in, and shazamm my tunes coming out of a radio not loud enough to overpower the person I'm talking to on the phone.

You want bigger sound, plug the dock line-out into your home stereo. That's what it's there for. This is what it promises to be - external speakers for an iPod. Nothing more.

On a different feel tho - what's the deal with apple and battery-operated products? Easy to replace with a itty bitty fuel cell later? I dunno...
 

e2chris

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Originally posted by Mudbug
well, I don't think anyone expects hifi sound out of the thing - more like this is intended for folks who just like to listen to music in a smaller setting, like an office. This would be great where I work - bring in the ipod, plop it in, and shazamm my tunes coming out of a radio not loud enough to overpower the person I'm talking to on the phone.

You want bigger sound, plug the dock line-out into your home stereo. That's what it's there for. This is what it promises to be - external speakers for an iPod. Nothing more.

On a different feel tho - what's the deal with apple and battery-operated products? Easy to replace with a itty bitty fuel cell later? I dunno...

Good point about the Office for it. It would be perfect for that situation.

You can plug it into a stereo?? Your kidding me... <Sarcasm>

I would like to see Bose or Cambridge Soundworks come up with something.
 

arn

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Re: Re: looks

Originally posted by evolu
Couldn't find an image... link?

images posted in the first post now

arn
 

evolu

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Dec 10, 2002
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LA la land...
i can't say i'm interested in scrolling the wheel with the ipod sitting up like that - I like holding it to scroll my thumb around... With those speakers in the way you'd kinda have to point at the wheel and buttons. Could be awkward.
 

macnews

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Go one step more....

How about a docking system like you can get with XM radio? Your iPod mounting in your car and then pulling it out for something like this in the office. Of course, this wouldn't be the best solution for home but as was already mentioned, there are other options in that area.
 

settledown

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Feb 28, 2003
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my take is...

this is a new version of an old classic.
The Boombox.

but modular.
keep one in your office
keep one in the garage
keep a dock next to your home stereo
keep your headphones in your backpack
keep a ??? in your car

all you do is take your iPod with you.
nothing bulky

i like this approach

eliminates the cd wallets and ugly radios

edit:i just saw that it costs $149, they can shove it!!
 

alia

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This thing is pretty cool, although I don't know if I'd be willing to spend $150 on it when I can buy a cable for $20 and plug my ipod into my home speakers. I guess when I get an office job again, it would be useful. :)

Alia
 

Grimace

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Feb 17, 2003
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with Hamburglar.
If you pay $20 for a y-cable into your home speakers, I'm going to open a store that just sells those cables and become a millionaire. Try $4.99
 

.a

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the small icons are almost okay, but the bigger pictures look like baby-renderings ... sorry, but their pdf (download it @ apple store) is so non-professional - for sure this stuf was not done by an apple grafician :(((
.a
 

Lancetx

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To be fair here you'd need to buy a dock too to use the line-out/charger and not just a cable to get the same effect from a stereo. Unless you want to carry your dock around from room to room and/or to work with you too. $149 is a bit pricey for this thing, but I'd like to see one first before I would rule it out since it is an all-in-one solution. Plus when other retailers start carrying it in November, you can probably get it at some discount, as Apple always charges full retail for everything of course.
 

Jerry Spoon

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Re: my take is...

Originally posted by settledown
this is a new version of an old classic.
The Boombox.

but modular.
keep one in your office
keep one in the garage
keep a dock next to your home stereo
keep your headphones in your backpack
keep a ??? in your car

all you do is take your iPod with you.
nothing bulky

i like this approach

eliminates the cd wallets and ugly radios

edit:i just saw that it costs $149, they can shove it!!
I love when someone totally buys into a product and then turns on it in an instant:D Makes for good reading.

I don't like the fact that it runs off of batteries. There should be an ac adapter in the thing for those who would use it as a more stationary device. I would consider using this in my office, but not if I'm going to be changing batteries every week. I'd also have to listen to the sound quality though. Don't want some cruddy sound coming out of it when my eMac can provide better.
 

bertagert

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Jan 13, 2003
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ummmmm....

so whats the point to this? Something that cost $150 and you'll have a place to put your ipod when in your hotel room? Why not get some cheap little flat speakers or even the $60 Apple pro speakers and plug them into your ipod? I just don't see having this compared to regular speakers. Someone fill me in.
 

Eslyjah

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May 17, 2002
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What I really want is something like this for a car stereo. Stick my iPod into the head unit and listen through the car's speakers. Any takers?
 

arn

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Originally posted by Eslyjah
What I really want is something like this for a car stereo. Stick my iPod into the head unit and listen through the car's speakers. Any takers?

i-Move?

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jimthorn

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Apr 24, 2003
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It seems ugly and clunky. It lacks the elegance of Apple's products. I also agree with another post about the scroll wheel being more awkward to use in this configuration. This design looks like a first draft that should have been revised a few more times.
 

sharky2313

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Jun 17, 2003
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This is half way there

good effort but this product falls short.

1. too expensive. Price point is way too high
2. battery life seems to be a problem, "runs continuosly for 24 hours on 4 AA batteries" . . .so you can only count on 25-30hours before changing batteries? Let's see I work 8 hours a day so every 3 days I need 4 new batteries. UGH!
3. Why no car adapter?
4. Why no remote?
 

iLife

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Sep 4, 2003
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Re: Just get a Cassette deck adapter

Originally posted by Wash!!
I use one it works great

not everyone has a tape deck...

i can supposedly get a line-in put into my car, through the dealer... i need to look into that. when i got my iPod i had bought the belkin FM transmitter.... too many FM Stations where i live, it sounded like junk... i'm just frustrated because i really wanted to use my iPod in my car and not have to hassle with CD's anymore.

Augz
 

punter

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Feb 22, 2003
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ppl are saying you can just plug your ipod into speakers and get the same effect. But surely ipod->speakers wouldn't have enough amplification for any sort of volume.

I wouldn't get one (personally). I'd line out to a stereo or have the headphones. Hope it works for some people tho.
 
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