I suppose. "Made for iPod" is a special branding program by Apple. Apple iPod has the biggest market share therefore you will see a lot of products made specifically for iPod, including speakers. Usually these speakers also have an aux input for non-iPods. Apple gets money from participating manufacturers and in turn they sell their products because they're made for iPod.
I'm not an expert on sound quality. From my perspective, I get better sound and volume when my iPod is dock connected than when it is connected through the headphone jack.
You should get better sound quality with a mini audio system in conjunction with a dock, such as the DLO HomeDock.
I had been shopping around for new speakers for traveling and home use and have recently been paying more attention to iPod speakers. I understand that they have been around for a number of years, but I wanted to really know the following:
What is so special about iPod docking speakers that warrant the need to make speakers designed specifically for iPods?
Are we getting some benefits from buying and using iPod docking speakers compared to hocking them up via 3.5mm audio jacks to some computer speakers?
How do iPod docking speakers compare to mini audio systems in terms of quality and functionality.
I thought these might have been some good discussion questions to allow other experienced CNet users to share what they know. Thanks in advance everyone!