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I don't know if it's worth $300.00. I guess its possibly a rival for the Sound Dock. But man it's pretty awesome looking! Especially in the dark.

Posted by Navec245 on February 19, 2006 at 6:35 PM (PDT)

2

After reading this, I get a feeling that Apple's remote doesnt work with this. Could I get a verification please?

Posted by Kevin929 on February 20, 2006 at 10:54 PM (PDT)

3

I would consider this system for purcahse however I would like to know if the dock supports a "5G 60BG iPod" with a "iSkin evo3" attatched? I am aware that the system supports auxillary input, however I would prefer a fully intergrated dock whilst still retaining full iPod body protection. Your help would be much appreciated smile

Posted by Lanalor on February 21, 2006 at 12:04 AM (PDT)

4

is the wake/alarm volume adjustable? Does it have a 'gentle wake' feature?

That was the number one draw back of the iHome. The alarm volume was not adjustable (and was set far too loud), and their supposed gentle volume increase was about as gradual as a starter's pistol.

Posted by mike in boston or toronto on February 21, 2006 at 7:02 AM (PDT)

5

Hmm, very cool, but for that price I would like to see satellite radio incorporated. Wouldn't it be great if it had a satellite "dock", and you could get either a Sirius or XM module to go in there?? I'd buy that.

As far as the "Time Crawler" time setting business goes - why don't they just put an time satellite receiver in there?? I can buy a satellite clock from Fry's for $10, so it can't be that expensive to add the circuitry.

Posted by Fangorn in Texas on February 21, 2006 at 3:24 PM (PDT)

6

While the design for this device is stellar and it seems to have some nifty features, I'm more than happy with my iH5, which can easily be had for $80 if you know where to look (i.e., Bed, Bath, & Beyond with one of their ubiquitous 20% off coupons). The On Time seems to be only a moderate improvement over that device for a considerable bump in price point. Plus, I wouldn't be able to read the clock when it was on my night stand, a serious blow to its primary functionality. But I agree with Jeremy that it would make an excellent desktop accessory. I'll look into it in that capacity once they drop the price a bit.

Posted by Hrothgar on February 22, 2006 at 1:58 PM (PDT)

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I cannot wait to get mine, my boyfriend preordered one for me . I've always wanted to buy sometype of speaker but was not impressed with any of the ones out. I was going to buy the im7 but something told me to hold off since i really wanted the alarm clock feature but didn't like the look of the ihome. The look for the ontime alone is what sold me regardless of the price. when i saw it for the first time on the site where it won best of show, i feel in love with it and knew i had to get one.

Posted by kattgirrll on February 24, 2006 at 6:45 PM (PDT)

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Responding to questions: it's not designed for use with Apple's Remote. The volume is adjustable for radio and iPod but not the tone, which starts out quiet and becomes louder. And On Time's dock well is the same as Apple's Universal Dock, which works with the 60GB 5G in an eVo3. (You may want to trim that Dock Connector cover off, though.)

Re: buying it for the look, we know exactly how you feel. It is definitely beautiful enough, sounds good enough, and does enough to merit a purchase for some people.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on February 24, 2006 at 7:18 PM (PDT)

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If you set the alarm for the iPod, can you choose a playlist? How long does the alarm play -- to the end of the playlist? I currently use the iPod's built-in alarm, which I like quite a bit -- it plays to the end of the playlist. I have a playlist for each day of the week -- about an hour each.

Posted by Rockr on February 24, 2006 at 11:14 PM (PDT)

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"There’s no doubt that On Time’s initial appeal is physical; it’s the most impressive looking iPod speaker design we’ve ever seen."

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but in my eyes is an ugly plastic shiny box with horrible blue light and oversized knobs. yuck!

Posted by tennapel on February 26, 2006 at 12:29 PM (PDT)

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I am curious, how would you say this compares to the Tivoli iSongBook Pro? I think I'm trying to decide between those two. What I really want is something that works well as a good radio and that I could use as a full clock radio. I am not as clear on how these two compete head to head on clock/alarm/radio features. It certainly seems like a big bonus that the iSongBook is portable, which you wouldn't get with this.

Posted by zadillo on February 27, 2006 at 9:31 AM (PDT)

12

Still looks like an MRI machine for the iPod to me...(bbbbbuuuuuzzzzzzz)

Posted by flatline response on March 1, 2006 at 4:32 AM (PDT)

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Hello,

I just bought a JBL on time and I can't wake up to a specific song because it always plays the first song in my library. Got my answer from JBL directly. Here it is for someone who might have the same problem.

The reason that your iPod is restarting from the first playlist with your JBL OnTime is a software bug with the new iPods. The JBL OnTime will not remember the last song played when you power on/off, switch inputs, wakeup, or set the alarm. It will default to the first song in the library if you have the following iPods with the following software: iPod Nano - software 1.1, 1.1.1iPod Video - software 1.1, 1.1.1 The temporary fix is to downgrade the software to 1.0, until Apple releases an update.

I will wait for the new update...


MC

Posted by mcleblanc on May 30, 2006 at 1:18 PM (PDT)

14

Actually I like this toy but would like a remote - anybody can suggest workaround?

Posted by unicoder on June 26, 2006 at 3:59 AM (PDT)

15

@mcleblanc: whats about the newest firmware version 1.1.2? does the on time-system support this one correctly? cuz i've just ordered the speakers and now i read your comment hmmm

Posted by swissManu on August 28, 2006 at 3:23 AM (PDT)

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Even the newest update doesn't make it work... can't wake up to your favorite song....

Mcleblanc

Posted by mcleblanc on September 17, 2006 at 6:19 PM (PDT)

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Mcleblanc,

I agree - it's not good that you cannot listen to your nominated tune on the JBL - what's the point in purchasing it I ask myself? I have upgraded to 1.1.2 and it STILL doesn't work! Is there any workarounds that anyone knows of? very expensive toy that doesn't do the job it's supposed to do.. :-(

Posted by majacmun on September 25, 2006 at 3:27 PM (PDT)

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Hey, to all wanting a fix for the alarm/selecting an iPod song etc....i found this helpfull guide that lets you downgrade your iPods firmware to 1.0...which is not buggy and will work great with the JBL on time speakers....i have just tested it...just follow the instructions below....then select your song as usual on the ipod and hold down play/pause etc and it will play the selected song on the iPod. Great Product just hope apple release a brand new 2.0 firmware soon with no bugs thats compatible with these speakers.
This fix is for the iPod video, i dont think it will work on the new nanos but you can try.

These are the instructions to downgrade anyways....enjoy your speakers.

This is VERY simple.

Step 1) Close itunes and ipodservices.exe

Step 2) navigate to "Program Files\iPod" and make a backup of the folder "bin" (i dont care how, just make a backup of it)

Step 3) Insert the CD you got with your ipod and navigate to "program files\iPod" inside the CD and copy the folder "bin" from the CD and overwrite the "bin" folder that you just backed up

Step 4) run any updater you want and hit "update"

Step 5) when you are done updating your ipod, close ipod services and copy your backup of "bin" back and your done.


NOTE: if you dont have any old updaters on your computer, you can just run the one off of your instillation CD
simple enough?


George (StreetyKing)

Posted by streetyking on November 28, 2006 at 6:25 PM (PDT)

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I have spoken with JBL, and what is crap about this product is that they have NO intention of updating it to work with anything but iPod software 1.0. This means that if you have a video and want to take advantage of everything that Apple has done to improve it (such as play downloadable movie content, games, bug fixes, enhancements, etc.), you are stuck with the On Time's stupid bug. This is amazing to me. They sell this product, right now, on the shelf next to iPod videos shipping from Apple with newer than 1.0 firmware installed, and their product cannot work correctly as advertised, and they don't care. Nice.

Posted by Jeffrey Love on December 15, 2006 at 1:39 PM (PDT)

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My wife just bought me the "JBL On Time" to use with my iPod-30gb. I can't choose a specific song to wake up to. It always gets the 1st track. The instructions in the manual did not work. I hate to return the awesome gift. What should I do?

Posted by elangelito on December 26, 2006 at 11:00 AM (PDT)

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