The Bose® music-to-go package has everything you need to enjoy legendary Bose sound with your iPod just about anywhere you want. The package includes the popular Bose SoundDock® Portable digital music system, which delivers full, natural sound from your player. An extra rechargeable battery ensures you can keep the music going for hours and hours. And everything packs into the convenient travel bag, with interior compartments for the SoundDock Portable, the extra battery, and the system's AC adapter.

Product Highlights:

  • SoundDock Portable digital music system
    • for docking iPods, including 160GB iPod classic®, 5th generation iPod nano®, and 2nd generation iPod touch®
    • compatible with iPhone® and iPhone 3G
    • iPod dock rotates into casing for storage
    • automatically charges docked iPod from both battery pack and AC power
    • remote control included
    • minijack auxiliary input
    • AC adapter
    • weight with battery: 5-1/4 lbs.
    • 12-1/8"W x 6-11/16"H x 5-13/16"D
  • additional rechargeable battery
  • portable travel bag
    • vinyl case with padded lining
    • three pockets for accessories
    • pocket for rechargeable battery
    • adjustable shoulder strap
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • Black portable amplified speaker system/docking station for iPod (with attached rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack)
  • Addition rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack
  • Wireless remote control (CR2032 Battery installed)
  • Plastic iPod adapter (installed)
  • AC adapter with a 8' DC output cord (DC output: 20 Volts/2.0A)
  • AC adapter plug
  • Black portable vinyl/nylon bag
  • Owner's Guide (Eng/Ger/ Spa/Fre/ Ita/Dut)
  • Battery Instructions
  • Product registration card
  • Bose contact list
  • Letter from Bose
  • AC adapter plug note

Product Research

Overview: The Bose Portable SoundDock is a powered, portable speaker system designed specifically for Apple iPod digital music players. The iPod is docked directly to the unit, allowing you to easily play your music files. The unit's rotating iPod dock folds neatly in place for protection during transit. The Portable SoundDock also features a built-in carry handle to allow for quick and easy transport of this unit. This unit comes with two rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries and a nylon carrying bag.

Audio Features
Power Requirements
Carrying Bag

Audio Features

Proprietary Acoustic Design: The system's patented Waveguide Speaker Technology and powerful neodymium speakers provide efficient and high quality audio reproduction.

Made for iPod/iPhone Compatible: The Portable SoundDock features a hide-away, rotating iPod/iPhone dock in the front of the unit for connecting your iPod/iPhone. The Portable SoundDock is "Made for iPod/iPhone compatible" and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (Sept. 2010).

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text  Track Info
dock connector 3rd N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th Y N Y Y N N Y
 mini 1st Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd Y N Y Y N N Y
video 5th Y N Y Y N N Y
classic 80GB Y N Y Y N N Y
120GB Y N Y Y N N Y
160GB Y N Y Y N N Y
 nano 1st Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd Y N Y Y N N Y
4th Y N Y Y N N Y
5th Y N Y Y N N Y
6th Y N Y Y N N Y
 touch 1st Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd Y N Y Y N N Y
iPhone 2G Y N Y Y N N Y
3G Y N Y Y N N Y
3GS Y N Y Y N N Y
4 Y N Y Y N N Y

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available.

Airplane Mode (for iPhone): In the event of audio interference when you have your iPhone docked, set iPhone to Airplane Mode. You will not be able to receive phone calls in Airplane Mode.

Controls: The Bose Portable SoundDock does not contain any controls on the unit itself. The unit is operated from the supplied IR wireless remote control. In addition to controlling the Sound Dock's volume, the supplied remote control turns your iPod/iPhone on or off and controls basic iPod/iPhone functions, such as Play, Pause, Track Seek and Playlist Select. Your iPod will remain fully functional when connected to this unit so you can still use the iPod/iPhone's click-wheel to control advanced functions of your iPod.

Auxiliary Input: The Portable SoundDock features a rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input which lets you play other audio sources, such as a portable CD player or other MP3 players through the unit.

Headphones: The headphone output on your iPod is independent of the Dock connector so both the SoundDock and headphones can be used simultaneously, with independent volume control.

Non-Slip Feet: The bottom of the SoundDock features four surface-gripping rubber pads to provide a stable platform on most surfaces.

Power Requirements

Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery: The Portable SoundDock operates off of the supplied rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. The battery is partially charged out of the box but a full charge is recommended before initial use. It may take up to 10 hours to recharge the battery completely. The Lithium-ion battery provides up to 3 hours of use with the Portable SoundDock set to full volume. You can extend this time significantly by choosing a lower volume. The battery is charged by the supplied AC adaptor. The SoundDock will turn itself off when your iPod is inactive or silent for 10 minutes to prolong battery life.

Note: This system includes an additional rechargeable Lithium-ion battery.

Power Supply: The unit can also be powered by the supplied AC adapter. The AC adapter also charges the supplied Lithium-ion battery.

iPod Charger: The SoundDock provides power to charge your iPod from either AC or battery power during operation. iPod charging is suspended when the unit is turned off.

Note: If your iPod has four buttons above the "click wheel" the Portable SoundDock will not charge the iPod.

Carrying Bag

Black Nylon Carrying Bag: The Bose SoundDock Portable black nylon bag is custom designed to fit the Bose SoundDock Portable digital music system. The nylon bag features a vinyl flap with a magnetic latch and features a padded lining to secure and protect your Bose SoundDock Portable unit. In addition to the bag's main compartment, the black nylon bag three additional pockets and one secure pouch for storing the SoundDock Portable's power supply, remote control, additional battery and your iPod. The bag also features and adjustable, padded shoulder strap for added comfort and convenience.

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Great Portable Sound

Written By JayB, Burlington, NJ / Duck, NC on Monday, September 16, 2013

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I'm very happy with this purchase. I got this speaker specifically to take outside on the deck. The sound quality is really great and has a much bigger and fuller sound than a lot of these type units do, especially for it's size. Far better than the Sony it replaced. We have yet to run the battery all the way down after several hours of use, and it does recharge fairly quickly. The carry bag makes it easy to take on the road, but second battery pack really doesn't fit in the bag.

Pros: Rich sound. Clean design. Good battery life. Finger hold for carrying.

Cons: Second batterydoesn't fit in the carry bag.

Bose® Music-to-go Package

Written By toskie23, Dayton, OH on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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There is, simply, nothing on the market that can compare to this system - simply stunning sound!

Pros: Sound

Cons: Nylon carry-bag needs a specific pocket to accomodate the extra battery.

Perfect for dance instruction

Written By Cathy @ Dance Partners, Bloomington IL on Friday, October 05, 2012

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Count on Bose for fabulous sound quality. Combine that with light-weight and cordless portability, the the SoundDock Portable (with an iPod) is perfect for teaching ballroom/Latin/nightclub dancing at various locations, without the (former) need for juggling a heavy and bulky sound system. A quick "remote" click of the button from across the room - even a very large room - allows me to keep the music inspiring and my students on track; clear Bose sound makes it a joy to dance.

Pros: Portability and cordless, remote "no-fuss" operation are big advantages while I'm managing a class. Clear sound even at high volume. Appreciate the "package" including shoulder-bag and back-up battery.

Cons: A little pricey, but worth it.

Great portable system

Written By AB, Princeton, NJ on Monday, September 17, 2012

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Great sound from an easily portable system.

Use it for NFL tailgating and entertaining out on the deck. Clear, loud, and small enough to keep hidden away.

Great purchase.

Bose Music to Go Package

Written By ronniemod, Louisiana on Saturday, September 01, 2012

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Small, light and battery-powered; yet has a great sound. Needed a system that was portable and small - this fits the bill. The only down side: carrying case is junk! For the price they charge - Bose products have the reputation for being top notch. The case does not have a spot to carry the spare battery that comes with this package - that is pathetic!!!

Pros: Sound, Simplicity, compactness, portability, battery lasts 6+ hours.

Cons: Carrying case for "Music-to-Go Package" does not have a spot to carry the spare battery that is part of the package - to me that is misleading at best. How about a retrofit carrying case Bose?

Bose® Music-to-go Package

Written By wxwim, NH on Friday, July 20, 2012

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The Bose speaker has excellent sound. Produces quality one would expect from Bose. Though rated it only a 4 as the bag is horrible. Thought it was a great idea to have extra battery so when "on-the-go" could take speaker and have enough battery power to last all day. Though the bag does not have enough space to handle the extra battery pack. Have to squeeze it in the top and then the magnetic fastener does not work as the magnets do not line up correctly. Would have been better if Bose would have designed pocket in the front for the extra battery to slide into so this could truly be a on-the-go "package".

Pros: Great sound from the Bose speaker. Bose sound quality is unequaled and this speaker transforms your mp3 player into a great sounding stereo system.

Cons: The bag is very poorly designed. It has no pockets to carry the extra battery. One would think if the bag was part of this package it could be designed to carry the included items.

Great portable music

Written By WVShopper, Morgantown, WV on Sunday, July 15, 2012

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This easy to use and light speaker produces great sound. The bluetooth link worked easily and linked to any of our iphones. I wished that Bose was selling a case for this as we took it to the beach and on a boat. It worked flawlessly and for over 6 hrs without needing a recharge. Would definitely recommend this.

Pros: Great sound Light Easy to use

Cons: No case although the cover closes over the speaker.

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Written By TommyL, New Iberia, LA. on Monday, May 07, 2012

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What can you say Bose Excellent quality and Excellent sound coupled with Crutchfield service!!! 5 stars all the way. Crutchfield beat Bose best price, along with Accident Protection warranty, can't go wrong there!!!

Pros: Portability, Sound quality, spair battery and case!!!

Cons: N/A

Solid....

Written By SMILEY808, kingdom of Hawaii on Thursday, April 26, 2012

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Bose never lets down on sound. I bought for outdoor use and everyone is impressed with this product. Love the fact that it came with a carry bag and extra Battery for HOURS of music to listen too. Thank you CRUTCHFIELD!

Pros: Sound, portability.

Cons: Price.

Love it!

Written By Jennifer, Suamico, WI on Wednesday, April 04, 2012

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I love this Bose package. We have a cottage and I like that I can take this to the dock with me and listen to it while I fish. The battery lasts a long time. It doesn't have the best sound I have ever heard but I still wouldn't trade it for anything. It is so hard to find any portable music system. The carrying case could be a little bigger and should have a catch/velcro, anything, so it would stay closed. I am afraid my sound system could fall out. I highly recommend you buy this package if you are looking for portability. By the way you can make it into a radio if you plug a two way user plug into the back along with your ipod.

Pros: so portable, get an extra battery, remote and carrying case

Cons: sound could be better, travel case is too small and needs someway to close tight

Great Sound

Written By CTech, Ohio on Wednesday, November 09, 2011

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This is the first Bose product I have owned. Very impressed with the sound. The battery has a long life. The travel case is good for transporting the SoundDock & iPod but the AC adapter does not fit well. I would buy the SoundDock again and I also recommend it if you want to purchase quality sound that is portable.

Pros: Great sound, battery lasts long time & portable.

Cons: Travel case is small.

Bose® Music-to-go Package

Written By Danny Lynn, Gulfport, MS on Saturday, October 15, 2011

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Great sound. Excellent for listening to music around the pool. Highly recommend purchasing the Music-to-go Package, because I feel that it is the best bargin on the internet especially at Crutchfield's.

great portable

Written By Karl, Woodstock,vt on Wednesday, September 14, 2011

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The sound dock is a little wonder. The sound is clear and loud and the battery lasts forever. The bag is nice but the charger does not fit in the little pouch attached inside unless you take off (and probably lose) the A/C plug so I would not use it. The extra battery does fit in the bag but only "sort of". I think BOSE needs to do a bit of work on the dimensions to make it a true "package". All in all, I definitely would purchase again.

Awesome Product!

Written By JDG, Phoenix on Sunday, July 17, 2011

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I own Bose and know there are other good speakers out there but this unit does it all for portability! It is pricey but sounds awesome. Very clear highs and some bass thumping out from the back. The ease of carrying it around the house and outdoors is key. It cranks and the battery was what won me over in reading reviews. You will not be disappointed. Buy it!!! Crutchfield Rules.

As expected

Written By EugeneD, Northern VA on Thursday, July 14, 2011

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It's expensive as you know, and my biggest fear is that after several years, I'll only be using the aux-in (as Apple changes standards and the unit won't charge future devices). But it sounds excellent, and the portability makes this unit extremely flexible. For reference, I have the Marantz SR7005, paradigm speakers at the home, and JL Audio soundsystems in two vehicles. I'll installed for years and appreciate good clear sound. This unit has it.

Just what you expect

Written By Jon S., Lancaster, PA on Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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I had been wanting to replace my older portable iPod/iPhone player for some time and I am really happy with my choice in its replacement. Bose knows how to make great sound efficiently and this product is no exception. I really like having the extra battery. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is the price. But I knew what I was getting and would still do it again.

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