We are all familiar with Apples original iPod. These little devices changed the music industry and how we purchase and listen to music. Back when I was growing up everyone had a boom box. These were large battery powered portable stereos with big speakers. They had the ability to play the radio and cassette tapes. Many of us had cases of cassette tapes in the back seats of our cars. Later versions came with a CD player. It was not uncommon to see people carrying these things around on their shoulders. Every party had a boom box blaring out loud disco, rock or heavy metal.
Boom boxes still exist today and have become more sophisticated. Now you will find docking stations on most boom boxes for your Apple devices. This allows you to connect your iPod, iPhone or iPad and play music through the larger speakers. We can now easily carry around thousands of movies and songs on our iPhone or iPad.
The iPad and iPhone are much more personal devices and do not have the large speakers to share your music with others as the boom box did. Today we see all the kids wearing ear buds or headphones plugged into their iPods or MP3 players. I even have a real nice pair of Bose noise cancelling headphones myself. These are great for using on the airplane to get rid of background noise and listening to music or movies. Make sure you get the over the ear style shown at right. These are more comfortable and quieter than the on the ear version.
If you already have an on board stereo system there are a few ways to connect your iPhone or iPad to it.
Most newer stereos come with a 3.5 inch auxiliary connection. You can pick up one of these cables and connect your device directly to your stereo system.
I prefer to go the wireless route so I am free to move around the boat and also have the ability to change songs and control the volume. The iPhone and iPad both have Bluetooth technology which is a wireless communications protocol with a range of about 30 feet.
I recently purchased an iHome Bluetooth speaker that works great. It has about a 40 foot range and is rechargeable. It also comes with an iPad stand.
If you are a gamer there are tons of games for the iPad that will allow you to entertain yourself for hours and hours on those long trans Atlantic crossings. I am not a big gamer but I have to admit that I have played Angry Bird a few times.