Summary: I actually gave a way a mini (but not micro) 5 cd system and I have an I pod player.... but I have hundreds of CD's and had no fm radio. I did not want something that took up a lot of space but sounded good for the money. I bought this refurbished as the newer models don't have as good reviews; and also as a money-saver. This is awesome. It sounds FAR better than my SONY mini cd system that I gave away. It takes up little space.
Summary: This stereo is great for the low price. Of course it does not sound as good as a $1,000 surround system that's 20 times the size, but that should not be expected. For such a small system, it sounds pretty good. It is very, very small and gives all the control you need over the ipod. This is much better than the 2011 version that is out right now..
Summary: I bought this radio as a replacement after my HD radio's premature passing. HD is the only feature that could make this radio any better. The iPod/iPhone bay works great with the 3GS phones if you have the right case (Otterbox Defender won't work but ifrogz or similar thin case is fine). How convenient to charge the phone while you're asleep and have it ready to go (and at hand) first thing in the morning.