updated 02:20 pm EDT, Tue July 15, 2008
iHome ZN9 Ships
iHome today said it has started shipping the ZN9. The stereo system is the first clock radio dock for Microsoft's player and can play live audio from a Zune 4, 8, or 80 as well as use the portable device as the source of music for the alarm; the device's AM/FM radio or a simple buzzer is also an option. Like iHome's iPod equivalents, the ZN9 also permits setting an alarm that varies for weekdays and weekends, and users can also set gradual wake or sleep timers to fade the volume.
The stereo system promises better-than-average sound quality through its speaker chamber design but doesn't have an aux-in jack for outside devices. iHome ships the ZN9 only in black and maintains a $100 price for the audio system, which is available both online and at retail shops.