Speaker add-ons for the Apple iPod are not in short supply, but we've seen relatively few that cater to our '80s nostalgia by integrating the player into a revamped-yet-old-school boombox design. Altec Lansing did a rather successful job of it in the IM7, so we're not surprised to see Memorex follow suit with the iMove Boombox ($100). Though we're not as keen on the iMove's wedgelike design and subpar sound quality, it's a passable unit for picnics, trips to the beach, and rides on your shoulder.
Like the iM7, the iMove takes a departure from the classic rectangular design, opting for a triangle that tapers at the top to provide the traditional boombox handle. Dual speakers flank a rectangular chrome indent from which an iPod dock connector protrudes. It's not as streamlined or as innovative as the iM7's tape deck-like dock, but it does the trick, and several iPod adapters are provided to ensure a secure fit. On either side of this area are the volume and tuning rocker buttons, and below that are the power, mode, set, and preset keys along with a small, monochrome LCD screen. The latter is rudimentary: it displays the word "iPod" in iPod mode and station numbers in radio mode. The back of the iMove houses ports for line-out, auxiliary line-in (for Shuffles and non-iPod MP3 players), and AC power, and there's a compartment for eight D batteries.