How to Use a Bose Sound Dock Without an iPod

by Jason Taetsch
compact headphone image by Leonid Nyshko from

The Bose SoundDock provides portable playback and recharging for your iPod or iPhone. While the system was designed with the iPod in mind, you can also use the "Aux" input to use the SoundDock with another MP3 player, computer or portable CD player.

Step 1

Turn the SoundDock around to locate the "AUX" input on the back of the system.

Step 2

Insert one end of the 3.5mm stereo cable into the "AUX" input.

Step 3

Connect the other side to the headphone jack on your CD player or other portable audio device.

Step 4

Turn on your MP3 player or other device and play a song. Set the volume on the device to maximum.

Press any button on the Bose SoundDock to turn on the system. Use the "Volume" controls on the right side of the system to adjust to the desired listening level.


  • You must remove your iPod from the SoundDock in order to use other devices with the system. The remote control will not be able to control the MP3 player in the same fashion. However, it will be able to adjust the volume and the power.


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  • compact headphone image by Leonid Nyshko from

About the Author

Jason Taetsch graduated from The College of New Jersey with a degree in English. Taetsch co-founded the on-campus literary magazine, "Paperclips." In 2006 he began writing professionally. He wrote news articles and independently authored op-ed columns for the on-campus newspaper, "The Signal" and had articles published in "Garden State Surf Magazine."

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