Sony unveils Boombox and Clock Radio with Apple iPod docks

Sony’s latest clock radio (model ICF-C1iP) and boombox (model ZS-S2iP) – typically catchy names, huh? – unveiled at a special “Holidays in July” event held in New York City today, let consumers enjoy their Apple iPod music players without being tethered to headphones, allowing them to listen to music out loud virtually anywhere, anytime.

“Consumers are treating the iPod as a format, like the compact disc, which is why Sony is now delivering audio products to support it,” said Andrew Sivori, director of personal audio products in the Digital Imaging and Audio Division at Sony Electronics, in the press release. “High-quality sound, unique features, and exceptional design set our new boombox and clock radio apart.”

Designed to work with most Apple iPod models, the ICF-C1iP clock radio accommodates standard iPod adapters, but does not require their use. An adjustable backstop mechanism ensures that the iPod fits snugly and securely to the clock radio’s 30-pin connector. An included wireless remote control provides full access to the iPod’s menu, as well as to radio tuning and volume functions. Additionally, the unit charges the iPod while it’s docked.

Sporting a full-function alarm clock, users can wake up or fall asleep to content on their iPod, the radio or a buzzer. When first powered on, the clock will automatically display Eastern Standard Time, which easily can be changed to other time zones as appropriate. The unit also has automatic Daylight Savings Time adjustment, eliminating the need to reset the clock in the spring and the fall. Adjustable brightness control over the LCD display provides easy readability.

It’s also easy to take your music with you this summer with Sony’s newest boombox. Just like the clock radio, it works with most iPod models and charges the iPod when docked. It includes a built-in digital AM/FM tuner, an integrated CD player that supports CD-R/RW playback and a wireless remote control with full iPod menu access. The dock tray is retractable when not in use.

The boombox also has an auxiliary input and supports AC/DC operation (batteries not included). For more sound impact, it incorporates Sony’s Mega Bass Sound system.

The clock radio and boombox come in both black and white designs. They will be available in August for about $100 at Sony Style stores, online at SonyStyle and at authorized dealers nationwide.
How Creative* of Sony.

“The Apple approach is somewhat limited because it is a small portion of the potential market. What Sony is going to do is broaden the market,” – Phil Wiser, then CTO of Sony Corporation of America, via San Francisco Chronicle, July 5, 2004

*Beleaguered Creative reports loss; seeks to boost sales with Apple iPod accessories – May 02, 2007

26 Comments

  1. @ MDN What’s with the “The Apple approach is somewhat limited”, Since when have Apple declared an entry into the Hi-fi business? Do you know something that we don’t with regards to limitations?

    What is limiting about the iphone? & all the ipod iterations?

    If Apple inc. have decided to concentrate on what they do best & leave to others what others do best, what is wrong with that?

    Would you like some Camel’s Milk? I think the outcome of drinking some would re-align your thoughts!!!!

  2. @ Judge Bork, Why would I need reading comprehension? hung on a minute! Glug! Glug! glug glug!………. Buurrrrp!!!!!!………………………………………………Sshhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!(one gassy fart later!)

    Ahhh!! I see what you mean now!……Sorry MDN, Sorry JB! I get it now!………………………2004!! Duh!

  3. The whole idea that “people are treating the IPod as a format” is just a bad thing to start getting into people’s minds. If that becomes the common denominator then there will be more of the push from the record companies (umm…like Sony) to want a piece of the iPod pie…a la the stupid deal MSFT did with the Zune-turd.

    Bill

  4. @ Sony, The ipod is an part of an Echo-system created by Apple, if you want to tap into a part of it, then you should come clean and declare it.

    For example, We at Sony believe that we can tap into the rich vein that is the ipod to create an alternative platform that does not compete against it, but rather expands upon it to our benefit!

    Now that would be honest and forthright!

  5. The ZS-S2iP is a vast improvement from earlier models.

    I got the ZS-S2iO model by mistake.
    It was a ten pound, smoky, hot lump of red plastic holding up a squirrel’s head.
    Kudos to the Sony design for listening to customers’ feedback.

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