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Altec Lansing announces inMotion Portable iPod Speakers

pic Altec Lansing has announced the inMotion Portable iPod Speakers for iPod. The portable speaker system features a built-in docking bay for data transfer and syncronization, full-featured alarm clock that plays wake up music, headphone port, auxiliary input, MaxBass technology for deep bass response, and an on-board Class D amplifier. The portable system uses an included AC adapter or four AA batteries (not included). The inMotion Portable iPod Speakers are priced at $149.99, are available exclusively at Apple Store online, and will be in Apple retail stores beginning in November. Apple estimates shipping at 7-10 business days.                                                 

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Those look really cool, good think my birthday is coming up :)

Posted by mike in Irvine, CA on October 1, 2003 at 11:22 AM (CDT)


Has anyone used these yet? Know it’s early days, but you never know someone out there may have been involved in testing etc. Do look good, though seems a shame that the power provided to the iPod when docked can’t be also used (switched even) to power the speakers, rather than AA batteries.

Posted by dcbell in Irvine, CA on October 1, 2003 at 12:13 PM (CDT)


I was looking for a statement about this having an auxiliary DC input (so you can use it as a stationary device with a power cord), but there does not seem to be one. So forget about me ordering one of these, I’m not going to use AAs by the bucketful. Too bad!
Or am I wrong, and there is indeed an aux DC input?

Posted by Bademeister in Irvine, CA on October 1, 2003 at 12:17 PM (CDT)


As written above: “The portable system uses an included AC adapter…”

Posted by Dennis Lloyd in Irvine, CA on October 1, 2003 at 12:28 PM (CDT)


Duh. Good!

Posted by Bademeister in Irvine, CA on October 1, 2003 at 1:08 PM (CDT)


I wonder why there is no mention of this feature, neither on its Apple Store product page, nor in the data sheet. Where did you get this info?

Posted by Bademeister in Irvine, CA on October 1, 2003 at 2:37 PM (CDT)


Apologies, obviously not reading everything fully before opening my babbling gob. But as Bademeister points out, this AC adaptor isn’t mentioned on the Apple site/data sheet, a strange omission for something so obvious.

Posted by dcbell in Irvine, CA on October 1, 2003 at 3:11 PM (CDT)


I’d like to get these but i dont see them on the canada apple store only american. Too bad.

Posted by Nick in Irvine, CA on October 1, 2003 at 4:54 PM (CDT)


Right now they’re listing 6-8 weeks for shipping!

Posted by notyou in Irvine, CA on October 1, 2003 at 5:21 PM (CDT)


Looks great….. I will be curious to hear how they sound. Wish I had an apple store near me! Hopefully some will post a review here. I would take the chance and order them if it weren’t a 6 to 8 week wait. Maybe by then we will have more info.

Posted by Del Griffith in Irvine, CA on October 2, 2003 at 1:25 PM (CDT)


I’d want to have a bloody lot more that 4 feeble watts for 150$

And yes I do know it has a build in dock etc etc.

But four poxy watts. Get Serious

Posted by GuyVer in Irvine, CA on October 3, 2003 at 4:55 AM (CDT)


This is an awesome idea! Instead of using the jack and cords ,you go straight tu a dock, wonderful idea!

Posted by Music_kid in Irvine, CA on October 5, 2003 at 6:46 PM (CDT)


The Apple Retail stores in the SF Bay Area have them in stock. Has anyone tried these? I guess I never bothered to look at the size in the specks..its small (in a good way)! As Music_kid pointed out, you can really now just plug the iPod in and play. They didn’t have one out I could listen to.

I kind of dismissed these when I first read about them…but after seeing them, I’ very tempted!

Posted by Scott M in Irvine, CA on November 5, 2003 at 12:51 AM (CST)


I was at the Apple Store in Burlingame, and while they did have a set of Inmotion speakers in stock, they didn’t have any that they could demo. I’m not sure what Apple Store return policies are, but I’m certainly not comfortable laying down $150 for tiny speakers that claim to defy the laws of physics, without having heard them. Has anybody seen the speakers out and “demoable” in any Bay Area Apple Store? If so, please let me know.

Posted by George in Irvine, CA on November 7, 2003 at 8:03 AM (CST)


Just got these speakers. They’re ok, I suppose. Nice looking but who cares? Give me function. I’m probably just going to suck up the 10% return charge and return them.

Sound quality is ok as long as you don’t want much volume. Bass response is about what you’d expect. The “MaxBass” is clearly just a marketing gimmick.

Posted by Matt M in Irvine, CA on January 2, 2004 at 7:53 PM (CST)


A few comments: The sound: for the size of the unit, excellent bordering on awesome. Clean highs, natural midrange and pretty accurate bass—a little weak, but well matched, and probably as good as you can get in a unit of this size. They blow away my old Sony SRS 9v 2.5” speakers. (I’d be real interested to see how they compare to the new Sony’s, like the Sony SRS-T77 which appear to use similar technology.)

Battery life is as advertised—I’ve been running it all day on set of NiMH 1600ma cells. The iPod ran out of gas long before the InMotion! But no problem, plug in the InMotion and the iPod charges! It would be nice if it charged it’s own batteries, too.

Style: well, it’s a perfect match for the iPod, no doubt.

Price: If they sold for $100, they’d fly out the door. (But they do anyway at $150!) Are they worth 50 bucks more than the closest competitor? If you want a gorgous, reasonably good sounding battery powered *portable*, I think so.  If you want bass thundering sound, you’re going to be pluging into AC all the time and don’t need the portability, there are better choices.

Posted by LarryBic in Irvine, CA on January 9, 2004 at 11:51 PM (CST)


You whiners.

These are wonderful. Sounds great too. If your source sucks so does the output.

Now that there under 100, why not.

When you have good power, they rock.

But I guess there is always someone who cries about anything.

Best for your buck, indeed.

I will buy another one if and when I destroy this one in the Baja.

They survived my tours in Iraq and gave me great tunes..

Posted by kitesurfer in Irvine, CA on December 16, 2007 at 2:18 PM (CST)

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