updated 12:35 pm EST, Fri February 2, 2007
Sony ships iPod dock
In a somewhat unexpected move, Sony has begun shipping an iPod stereo dock, the CPF-IP001. Sony is infamous for favoring its own music products to the exclusion of others, such as the Walkman player, or the ATRAC file format. The IP001 would appear to mark a change in policy. The dock is officially licensed by Apple, and is compatible with all nanos and minis, plus full-size iPods from the fourth generation onwards. The satellites are rated at 5W of power each, but are bolstered by a 15W external subwoofer. Secondary input is supported through a stereo mini-jack, while all audio streams are controlled through an onboard DSP chipset. The dock is on sale today for $250, or $10 per month.