19 of Apple's biggest tech blunders

iPod Hi-Fi (2006)

Apple's attempt to create a premium speaker system for the iPod was a rare design failure for the company during a time when it could seemingly do no wrong. It was plagued with problems.

At $349, the iPod Hi-Fi was priced higher than the superior Bose SoundDock. It worked only with some iPods, and the included remote control could not navigate between playlists.

Further, given that the low quality of compressed digital music generally doesn't warrant audiophile-grade speakers in the first place, this was a doomed product from the jump.

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By Fox Van Allen

Fox Van Allen is a Los Angeles-based writer for CBS Interactive covering technology, tech lifestyle and gaming topics for GameSpot, CNET, ZDNet and TechRepublic. He has previously worked as a news and feature writer for a number of other sites, inclu...