It's not Ten Technology's fault that you know NOTHING about infrared technology. Hold your backpack in front of your TV and try to control it with your TV remote. No? It doesn't work? Aww... Better not get a TV, then.

The NaviPod is great for what it is designed for. Get it.

If you want total wireless (without line of sight), get this... it uses Radio technology:

Posted by Jerrod H. on October 4, 2003 at 7:19 AM (PDT) Comment 21

I don't really have much to say about the product at hand, in fact I came here to read reviews about it because I know so little. I would really like an RF remote for my 1G iPod, but sadly, because there is no RF remote for this model, I may have to purchase an IR remote. In any event, my comment is really intended to say that I believe that John Lin's being here shows great initiative on the part of his company. It shows that his company is trying to listen to the public and give them what they want.

Posted by Chelce on December 30, 2003 at 6:56 PM (PDT) Comment 22

Does anyone know if it is possible to use the remote with a direct line out connection say for a car set up? thanx.

Posted by MikeJett on January 6, 2004 at 9:05 PM (PDT) Comment 23

Is there future technology that would allow the scroll pad of the ipod to somehow be on the remote?

Posted by Sam Wolcott on March 4, 2004 at 6:51 PM (PDT) Comment 24

For a car setup with a 3G iPod, use an adapter of some kind that carries a line out from the dock connection, and run the Navipod off the top.

For what it's intended to do, this looks like something I need to really use my iPod at home. Right now, I've rigged the iPod to play through my TV's speakers (haven't bought stereo stuff yet) by using the line out from the dock, which is receiving power from the iPod's own power adapter. It'll run until the end of next week shuffling through the library without repeating a song, and I don't have to recharge it.

If I really want to change playlists, it's not that difficult. And, if I'm having company, I don't want to be a bad host by fiddling with the music all night -- I'll set up a playlist beforehand (the On-The-Go Playlist is REALLY handy.. learn it, love it, use it) and just let the thing run in the background.

The Navipod is on my list of things to get this weekend. I think it's cool as heck to put my stacks of CD's and 5-disc changer away in the closet and still have all my music available.

Posted by Leland on April 8, 2004 at 7:45 AM (PDT) Comment 25


Even better for car use -- the Navipod has an audio port. Plug in your choice of car adapter and you're set.

Of course, you can still use the line out from the dock separately if you'd rather consolidate the volume control to the car's head unit.

Posted by Leland on April 8, 2004 at 8:10 AM (PDT) Comment 26

Got it, and it does exactly what it's supposed to do. Next up are new speakers and an audio switchbox. Good stuff.

Posted by Leland on April 8, 2004 at 12:31 PM (PDT) Comment 27

This is the perfect instrument for people who want to entertain. I have a back deck with outdoor speakers, and I have a stereo against my wall, and my ipod leaning on my windowsill. This allows me to change songs or increase or decrease the voume with the remote without going inside and it works from the farthest point on my deck. In my situation this is a must have.

Posted by eric on April 26, 2004 at 4:34 PM (PDT) Comment 28

I'd just like to say that I think its awesome that John comes on here. Thats what every business should do...Interact with customers.

Also, I might just get this device after reading what HE said rather than what the reviewer said...:D

Posted by Bryan on May 1, 2004 at 10:23 PM (PDT) Comment 29

I bought for the exact reasons that John Lin states: skipping songs, rewinding songs, volume changing, etc. At that, the Navipod couldn't be better. I have a 250 gig on my Home Theater PC at home (RF remote, digital Dolby receiver, yada, yada) but I carry my Ipod and navipod because I often spend my weekends visitng relatives outside New York City and if I spend he night I hook my Ipod to a mini stereo in a guest room. The Navipod is a great product!

Posted by Jchez on May 3, 2004 at 7:32 PM (PDT) Comment 30

The Navi Pod sound like such a cool thing- I'm getting one. I just have one question..... Is it possible to use the device whilst your 3G iPod is sitting in it's dock receiving power? I'm not interested in the Line out on the dock, as I want to have control of volume with the remote, but I also want to run my iPod from power rather than the internal battery. Also does the steel frame detatch itself from the receiving unit (so that the receiver just sits neatly on top of the iPod)? I thought that the above would prob be possible, as it is intended to transform your iPod into a stereo, which may be on for long periods of time.

I have a Altec Lansing set of speakers with a subwoofer which produces excellent sound. What the hell do you need a stereo for these days? I stopped using mine when I got my first apple, but now I can use the iPod Navi Pod and won't have to wait to boot up my computer!!

John (Lin), I think its great that you take time to listen to specific comments, and respond. Its re-asuring to know that customer experience will be influencing future product development. Hello APPLE did you get that?!!!!!

Posted by J on May 8, 2004 at 4:54 PM (PDT) Comment 31

My 2 cents worth.
The Navipod is one of the best accessories I have for my ipod. We use it on vacation hooked up to speakers in our hotel room, but the best use for me is to set up the kid's playlist and then hand them the remote in the back seat of the car. This way I'm not fiddling with the wheel while I'm driving.
The only thing that would make it better would be MENU and SELECT buttons. Are they not there because of Apple or Ten Technology?

Posted by Andy Carscadden on May 11, 2004 at 12:07 PM (PDT) Comment 32

Has anyone reviewed/compared the Remote Remote by Engineered Audio? I'm looking for a remote that I could use in my car and I think an RF remote would be better suited to this purpose. I plan to tape the remote to the steering wheel so that I can easily access my iPod tracks without taking my eyes off the road.

Posted by Tenchi211 on June 4, 2004 at 7:09 AM (PDT) Comment 33

Question. . .
Does this work correctly when the iPod is connected the the AltecLansing inMotion speakers???

Also, has anyone tried the RemoteRemote by Engineered Audio?

Posted by Marko on June 6, 2004 at 9:20 PM (PDT) Comment 34

hey!! omg i love my mini ipod!! but, i have a question!! can u tell me what i should when i put a song on repeat and then now i don't wnat it on reapeat anymore!! then i pressed the menu and then only the black light came on!!!! now i can only listen to onw song and i looked through the book!! HELP ME

Posted by Ginny McDermott on June 7, 2004 at 1:31 PM (PDT) Comment 35

Andy, its apples fault its not there but it was not intended. The IR Remote is exactly the sameas the wired remote except withour wires. It has exactly the same functions. Apple didnt put the menu/select buttons on the wired remote because there wouldnt be much need because you would have to look at the screen to use them, so thats why they arnt on the IR remote.

Posted by lockie on June 12, 2004 at 1:19 AM (PDT) Comment 36

I've got the remote remote, and i tell you, its well worth the money. It seems to go through almost anything. I usually stick the ipod+remote remote reciever in my pocket, and hang the remote remote's remote (no typo) around my neck. the only probs with the remote remote is dubious build quality, and the buttons on the remote remote's remote offer no proper feedback, so you dont know if you've pushed them properly or not. Apples remote manages this better with a click everytime a remote's button is pressed. Other then that, its great.

Posted by booksacool1 on June 14, 2004 at 2:28 AM (PDT) Comment 37

I purchased my naviPod about a month ago and I absolutely LOVE it! I was looking for a way to pause my iPod from across the room as I worked from my desk (I have my iPod hooked up to my stereo). I could have just muted it, but then I miss the rest of the get the idea....

I also like to ability to control the volume from across the room as well and, yes, there is an audio out jack on the back of the IR receiver to connect any external speakers. If you're running the line from the "line out" jack on the dock, you'll have to use the remote for your stereo to control the volume. The choice is yours, but you'll lose no sound quality running the line directly out of IR receiver.

I'd also like to complement Ten Technology on their amazing customer service. I somehow misplaced my remote about 12 days ago and was dismayed to say the least, thinking I was going to have to spring for another 50 bucks to replace the whole setup. But, from their website, you can order replacement remotes for just $10 a piece--shipping included! That's a great deal if you ask me. And I received my order in just 3 days from California to Chicago. I ordered 3 remotes. One for my office, my kitchen and my bedroom. That way the remote is always handy and I don't have to remember to carry it with me throughout the house.

All in all, this is the BEST accessory for my iPod and it makes my life so much easier. As for those of you who complain about seeing the screen--ummmm--just set a playlist and let er rip. You know what you have on your iPod!! The beauty of these things is that you DON'T know what song it's gonna play for you next! My preference is to just shuffle my entire collection. Keeps me guessing and surprised all day..... 2600 songs and building...... =)

Posted by KC in Chicago on June 22, 2004 at 1:10 AM (PDT) Comment 38

Well after reading all of the reviews on this site i was very very tempted to get one, until I saw the price.

£50. That's 50 GBP, pounds sterling, quid etc whatever you want to call it, and it's outright ridiculous. I'm fed up of companies releasing things in the UK at a 1 to 1 conversion rate from US dollars. $50 USD is fine - that's about £30 to me, maybe less. But they've just gone and slammed an extra £20 on that (30USD at least) so I'm not impressed.

So I'm off to hunt for a US site that'll send one to me...

Posted by Sue on July 30, 2004 at 8:11 AM (PDT) Comment 39

I would also Like to know if this works correctly with altec inmotion speakers...?

Posted by Dan Lincoln on August 11, 2004 at 1:36 PM (PDT) Comment 40

I understand some people don't understand the value or purpose of a wireless remote. I'll give you my example. I use the ipod through a stereo receiver on the other side of my workout room. I use a playlist and climb on the treadmill for 30 min. A song comes on that isn't keeping pace with my stride and I have to get off the treadmill to change songs..... or I can use this device and not skip a beat.

Posted by E on August 24, 2004 at 5:48 AM (PDT) Comment 41

Sue, totally agree with you, but remember that HM Customs will slap a load of customs duty on it as well even if you do get one from the US. :-( The only solution I've found is to get a friend in the US to buy it and send it on, marked as 'gift'.

Posted by Bil on September 1, 2004 at 11:10 AM (PDT) Comment 42

i bought this remote and intended to use with my altec lansing stereo dock/speaker set up. the remote does not control the volume, only ff or back up, pause, it's cute though but not as functional as i'd like. am I doing something wrong here???

Posted by tb on September 4, 2004 at 1:32 PM (PDT) Comment 43

i am looking at this remote for my brother's birthday .... he travels alot with his ipod and altec lansing speakers/dock ... but before buying ... does the remote control the volume when ipod is setup on this system ... if not ... i won't buy it! if it does control the volume .. then it sounds like a fantastic gift for my lazy brother!

Posted by nik on September 8, 2004 at 12:55 AM (PDT) Comment 44

Does anyone know if the NaviPod is compatible with the 4gen iPod? To me It would be cool if it was possible to learn a universal remote control the NaviPod IR signals, did anyone try this?

Posted by TJ on September 16, 2004 at 1:09 AM (PDT) Comment 45
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