The way we listen to music has changed beyond recognition over the last 20 years. From vinyl to cassette and CD to MP3 - with the rise and demise of the mini disc in between. In the last 11 years, the market for portable digital music players has been dominated by the iPod since its launch in 2001. It has become a synonym for MP3. It was also the first of the polished Apple product videos of the kind we have come to expect.

Does anyone else think Jonathan Ive has not aged a day?

But the dominance of the iPod may be over, as sales decrees year on year and we start using our mobile phones to store and listen to music.

You Need A Great Speaker System 

So what do you do when your music is stored on your mobile? We had a look at some of the best speaker systems out there for a variety of budgets.

X Mini II; £15

This little speaker has amazing portability, charges off USB, and plugs into your device’s headphone socket. It is a cheap way to get great portable sound for the kitchen, tent or school classroom, and you can join them together for an even bigger sound.

X Mini II

X Mini Bluetooth; £75

The X Mini II big brother – working wirelessly with any device that supports Bluetooth (smart phones, laptops, tablets). Leave your phone in your bag while your music keep playing.

X Mini Bluetooth

Bose SoundDock Series III; £200

Allows you play music from any iPhone or iPod model with an Apple Lightning connector, and enjoy it with Bose quality sound.

Bose have a long history of producing high quality audio devices, and the Sound Dock Series III is the latest in the range. It works with any iOS with lightning connector, and has an auxiliary connector for hooking up other devices. Bose do still make a 30pin version (SoundDock II) and so look out for these systems being sold at considerable discounts over the coming months.


Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air; £499

The ultimate speaker dock, making your music sound richer and more lifelike than you’ve ever heard it before. And with Apple’s AirPlay wireless streaming technology built in, you can play it however and wherever you like.

Currently only available with a 30pin connector but you can use AirPlay with your iPhone 5. This is one of the highest rated systems around, with sound to rival the most expensive HiFi set ups on the market.


And If Money Is No Object?

How about the Behringer iNuke Boom. You may have to zoom in to see the iPhone.

"The $29,999.99 (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) monster speaker system measures a whopping 8 feet wide by 4 feet tall, weighs over 700 pounds and pumps out over 10,000 Watts of power."

In other words. Big.

iNuke Boom