The ubiquitous white-wire earbuds that have become synonymous with iPods aren't the only way to enjoy mobile MP3 music on the go. You can cut the isolating wires and replace them with a portable iPod dock and share your favorite music with the people around you, or listen to your favorite songs out loud. These speaker docks are compact, lightweight stereo systems that go where you go and play what you love.
We've compiled a list of the top 10 places to play mobile music with a portable iPod dock:
Around the house Household chores can be a bore. You can make the mundane more fun by bringing your music around the house with you while you wash dishes, clean out closets, organize the pantry or work on your "to do" list. You can also make remodeling or painting a blast with the right playlist.
In the shower Imagine getting ready in the morning to the energizing sounds of your favorite songs for the morning. You can listen to music while you shower, shave, dress and eat breakfast and carry your lightweight portable iPod dock with you from room to room. When you're ready to hit the streets, pop out your iPod or iPhone and head out the door.
At work No matter what your job is, chances are you like to listen to music while you work. Unless you have a computer at work that plays your iPod or iTunes library directly, a portable iPod dock will let you listen to your music at work without earphones that cut you off from what's happening around you, which can be both dangerous and irritating to your coworkers who need to communicate with you to get the job done.
Study sessions A little background music can make a group or solo study session fly by. Bring your portable iPod dock and impress your fellow students with your musical taste and acumen. Play some soft jazz or classical music to get those synapses firing in harmony and get the most out of your study time so you can retain the important information for your tests and assignments.
At the park An outing to your local park can be relaxing in itself, and more so if you have some music to complement nature's beauty. Spread out a blanket, set up your portable iPod speakers and relax in the sun through song.
On the beach The only thing better than being at the beach is having The Beach Boys there with you. If '60s pop isn't your recipe for a delightful day at the beach, play whatever you love while you lie on a towel under your beach umbrella and watch the tide roll in.
Backyard barbeques When you're grilling for friends and family, play your music on the patio and keep your guests entertained while you prepare their dinner. Switch to some soothing music as the sun sets and bask with a full stomach in your shindig's success.
Dance parties What's more fun than a dance party? Queue up your favorite club tracks on your iPod and keep the jive alive with the beat from your speaker dock. Want to take it outside? Bring your music with you for a night of clubbing in the yard.
Camping If getting away from it all seems too extreme, bring your portable iPod dock along on your outdoor excursions and transform your campfire circle into a fire-lit discoth que.
Vacations Your iPod made the flight fly by or the drive seem shorter. When you get to your hotel room, you can plug it in and use it as a charging station for your iPod or iPhone. Listen as you unwind and your iPod or iPhone will be ready for the next day's events by morning.
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