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NEWS: Give your iPod a blast outdoors

See yourself as a bit of a karaoke star, do you? Then cast your eyes over this rugged little aluminium iPod dock, complete with PA system and microphone.

If you think you can sing better than the latest X Factor contestants (not hard, admittedly), but don't want to run the risk of a withering put-down from Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and the rest of the gang, give this a whirl.

Described as mobile PA system with an iPod dock built-in, the Ion iPA03 has a sturdy aluminium case, rechargeable battery (good for up to 12 hours play) and four inputs for connecting a microphone, musical instruments and a CD or MP3 player.

Inside the case is a two-way speaker system that it's claimed can project sound up to 150 feet away, making the unit suitable for use outdoors, whether it be a barbecue, school sports day or a wedding reception.

An integrated handle and wheels mean it's easy to move about, and the dock will play and charge all iPods except earlier-generation iPod Shuffles.

Fancy one for Christmas? The Ion iPA03 costs £150 and is available from John Lewis, PC World and

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