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 Post subject: iPod docking station
PostPosted: 31 Mar 2010, 09:12 
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Where d I find a source for iPod docking stations? I am looking for something that easily can be fitted in an amplifier; no need for remotes or charging equipment, USB-ports etc.

I have successfully used a simple iPod docking station för my iPod Nano player and have started to look for more docking stations for coming projects, but .... they are gatting hard to find i Sweden. The only place where I have spotted the (simple) docks is sold out, and the advanced ones (with remote controls and stuff) are expensive; I don't wanna pay some 100 bucks for such a piece when I am just using the connector.

As simple as this (or simpler):
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 Post subject: Re: iPod docking station
PostPosted: 01 Apr 2010, 12:22 
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Hi Magnus, I thought vt4c had them but I just checked and no luck.

Search eBay for: ipod dock. There are some cheap docks on there. Otherwise you can get just a cable and build a holder using the cable for the connection. They are dirt cheap on eBay

Here is an example:
http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-iPod-dock/

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 Post subject: Re: iPod docking station
PostPosted: 14 Apr 2010, 16:48 
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Hi Magnus,
Don't know the price range your in, however here is one for around $ 16.00 USD with remote.
http://www.overstock.com/Electronics/Black-Remote-Control-Audio-and-Video-Dock-for-iPhone-iPod/4404924/product.html?rcmndsrc=2

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 Post subject: Re: iPod docking station
PostPosted: 14 Apr 2010, 19:13 
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I really want to make something like this but have the exact same problem, I can't even find a place that sells connectors. I think Apple is purposely making it hard to get them but I really don't know.

That is a nice little amplifier you got there Soundbrigade. :up:

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 Post subject: Re: iPod docking station
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If I could lay my hands on cheap stuff with no bells and whistles I could add a docking station to ALL amplifiers. But on the other hand it is cool to have a remote control.

At first the connectors were produced by a Japanese company and it was almost impossible to obtain the connectors for other purposes. Now they are freely (??) available but it's a matter of finding a source.

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 Post subject: Re: iPod docking station
PostPosted: 15 Apr 2010, 08:57 
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Hi Magnus,
There is a store in the states here that sells just the connectors in various styles.
http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=633
Hope this helps.
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 Post subject: Re: iPod docking station
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Hi,
I have not used these.. but it may be what you are looking for...

http://www.chargeconverter.com/shop/connector.htm

Best of luck...
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 Post subject: Re: iPod docking station
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Hi, Magnus. A couple of thoughts...there are lots of inexpensive iPod docks out there (at least in the US)...Google "iPod Docking station." Or you can go with, very simply, the connector that comes on an iPod charging/USB cable. The pinouts are broadly available on the web, and you can get the little iPod holders easily enough. You'd need to make your own base though.

This is a new product you may want to emulate:

It is made by Logic3, a company in the UK. I bought their docking station with interactive remote (it shown the contents of the iPod on its screen). The remote uses RF so it works outside of "line of sight." Philips supposedly makes a similar product but no one sells it...including Philips.

Anyway, thought I'd speak up with the cable suggestion.
Lofton


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 Post subject: Re: iPod docking station
PostPosted: 25 Aug 2010, 13:03 
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I see many guys at the Swedish Electronics Forum buy (sheep) stuff from Deal Extreme. However I am a bot lost what connectors fit my iPod, or maybe all do??

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 Post subject: Re: iPod docking station
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The connector is standard for recent models of iPod, iPhone, etc. See the attached site as a starting point:

http://pinouts.ru/PortableDevices/ipod_pinout.shtml

Although the connector is standard, the pin configuration is specific to the generation of device you're using. For example, the pin configuration is different between the 3rd and 4th generation Nano such that docking stations for one will not charge the other.

Here's another site with instructions for making yor own dock:

http://www.engadget.com/2006/04/18/how- ... ck-part-1/

Hope this helps...

I did a Google search on "ipod pin connector"

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