Sony may have made the most iconic music player of the 80s and early 90s with its famous ‘Walkman’ brand but it seems even the great King of Proprietary has finally yielded to Apple’s iPod dominance.
The ‘iPod Docking Station CPF-IP001’ is the company’s first official iPod accessory and though it does offer alternative connectivity for “a second audio device” its existence is a clear concession to Apple.
Acting as a stereo output for “a variety of iPod models” – by which Sony means first and second generation nanos, mini iPods and fourth and fifth generation iPods – the CPF-IP001 is nothing particularly new. It offers 2.1 audio (that massive brick in the picture is the subwoofer) and allows the iPod to be controlled either via the scroll wheel or using a supplied remote control.
The speakers themselves will churn out 5W apiece with the subwoofer (actually not all that large at 70mm diameter) managing 15W. The silver and black colour combo you see above is the only one Sony offers and which – curiously – doesn’t seem to match any iPod colour I can think of.
Currently the CPF-IP001 is only available in the US so Sony is keeping this painful concession close to its heart right now but should it choose to fully swallow its pride expect to see it on these shores for considerably more than the already hefty $249.99 asking price.
PS We appreciate Sony's decision to write 'iPod not included' on all its press photography. After all, we know releasing such a product must hurt but bundling an iPod with it is probably going a little too far...