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Apple Introduces iPod HiFi Stereo [UPDATED]
Tuesday, February 28th, 2006 at 1:40 PM - by
Apple CEO Steve Jobs on Tuesday morning also took the wraps off iPod HiFi, a stereo that features a dock connection, built-in handles and 80mm mid-range drivers, along with a 130mm dual voice coil woofer. It comes in a sealed resin enclosure and can be powered by six D-cell batteries, or through its built-in power supply.
"We get great bass on this thing, and it doesn't distort when you turn it up," Mr. Jobs said during his demonstration. The iPod HiFi comes with an Apple Remote for controlling song selection and the volume, and it charges the iPod through the dock connector. There's also a port for an iPod shuffle, as well as a 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting to analog or digital audio sources.
Apple on Tuesday also released an iPod software update that adds a "Speaker" menu to the MP3 player's interface. Through that menu, users can adjust tone, control the backlight and turn on large album art. Tone control and large album art are available only on the iPod nano and 5G video iPod.
iPod HiFi is available now for US$349. It's compatible with any iPod that has a dock connector; it includes 10 Universal Dock adapters.
2:16 PM EST: Updated article with more information and a photo
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