One of the problems with using the Mac mini for listening to music, with FrontRow is that the TV has to be on. This can be pretty disctracting for the kids, since they keep watching the album art change. Also for just listening to music in the kitchen, the music has to be a little too loud.
Now that we have a second iPod, I wanted to find a iPod dock for us to be able to listen to music in the kitchen. The iHome IH36W looked like the best option for us. The iHome is an radio with an iPod dock, meant to be mounted under a kitchen cabinet. (The docking feature is pretty neat. The iPod goes into a tray, and then the tray closes back into radio.)
The iHome works very well. The sound quality is pretty good for a device this size There are a couple of things that I would love to see fixed/added.
- Add an AM radio
- Be able to control the iPod from the iHome (You can only skip tracks on the iPod from the iHome.)
- There is a barely audible clicking sound when the song titles scroll on the screen.