Anyone know if this (or the PodWave etc.) can still generate sound with the battery removed, using only the iPod's own output? How's the volume?

I have a set of speakers that works that way--no battery--and is surprisingly loud. That makes them perfect as an iPod alarm clock, and some iPods (like my Photo) do have battery life to spare.

Leaving battery-powered speakers on all night does not make a good alarm clock. But if these generate a useful volume with no battery installed, I can ditch the other speakers I have. They're too bulky with a mess of wires. (Cheap speakers that came with my cheap PC.)


Posted by Nagromme on March 22, 2005 at 3:19 AM (PDT) Comment 1

Looks amazing!

Posted by Delta on March 22, 2005 at 5:21 AM (PDT) Comment 2

Nagromme- The Podwave speakers by Macally do not work with the battery removed. I assume that the PodGear speakers are the same. I would sacrifice having to buy a battery for how ultra-portable they are. I used to use my podwave as an alarm clock and it worked well, but I like using my cell phone better. wink

Posted by christomapher on March 22, 2005 at 7:02 AM (PDT) Comment 3

Cool--thanks. Good to know the battery doesn't totally drain if left on all night. But I think I'll keep watching for future options.

Posted by Nagromme on March 22, 2005 at 7:48 AM (PDT) Comment 4

What if you take it in a car? Can you hear the speakers over the noise from driveing on the freeway? We want to find a way to listen to the ipod on a bus.

Posted by Buckie06 on March 22, 2005 at 4:44 PM (PDT) Comment 5

"We want to find a way to listen to the ipod on a bus."

That's a great idea, everyone on the bus must heard your music.

uggghhhh! Keep your music to your self when your in a public place like a bus!

Posted by croooow on March 23, 2005 at 4:56 AM (PDT) Comment 6

Best bus solutions:

a) Splitter and multiple pairs of headphones.


b) FM transmitter and headphones with radios built-in. Less quality but not bad--and no wires!

Posted by Nagromme on March 23, 2005 at 7:04 AM (PDT) Comment 7

does anybody know a store in london where i can buy this

Posted by g12345 on March 23, 2005 at 7:15 AM (PDT) Comment 8

"We want to find a way to listen to the ipod on a bus."

Maybe you could use an FM transmitter and ask the bus driver to turn the radio on and to the station you have programmed. You may need to ask some of the pregnant or elderly women sitting up front to vacate their seat so that you can sit close enought to broadcast. They probably won't mind in that you are providing the entire bus with your music free of charge.

Posted by ochobeeguy on March 24, 2005 at 8:15 AM (PDT) Comment 9

Recently bought the Macally for $25 and for the price it's a good buy! it's ideal for two people in an intimate setting but for high end sound there are better solutions.

Posted by oldskool on March 28, 2005 at 6:43 PM (PDT) Comment 10

I bought a PodWave a few months ago (the original smaller one) and have never been close to happy with the sound. I love the portability and enjoy it for listening to audio books but music sounds pretty bad with lots of rattle, even at lower volumes. Last week I was fortunate enough to be in London and decided to pick up a PocketParty. To MY ears there's a huge difference between the two! I actually enjoy listening to music with the PocketParty, there's nary a rattle or hint of distortion, even with the volume all the way up. Your mileage may vary but for me it's well worth the extra price. Granted it ain't Polk speakers but it's at least as good as a small portable radio AND it fits in my pocket! It's also nice that it doesn't swing around like the PodWave will need an extension cable to use it on your laptop because the little plastic thingie will keep it from seating properly on other than the 3G or 4G ipod.

Posted by Aristillus on April 20, 2005 at 1:18 PM (PDT) Comment 11

Where is the best place to purchased the Pocketparty in the washington dc area? or the best web site.

Posted by RaeRae on June 21, 2005 at 7:54 AM (PDT) Comment 12

i picked up a pocketparty and i love it!

Posted by fondoo on February 23, 2006 at 1:14 PM (PDT) Comment 13
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