A long time ago (well, actually about two years ago...) him indoors decided that he had enough of me whining about not being able to play cd's and ipod out loud (and I do believe he got a little distressed every time he would tap me on the shoulder, I would jump about six feet straight up, and he would realise I had ipod earbuds in...) and he decided to buy me an Alfie.
It's sleek, it's swish and it is so easy to operate, even for someone as technologically stupid as I am (and trust me, I am stupid, I can kill a piece of electrical equipment stone dead in five seconds..). It operates with both ipods and takes a variety of cd's with no issues at all. The sound quality is so good I can have it blasting out in one room and can still hear it three rooms away (Yes, yes, I should know better at my age, but I shall always have that streak of rebellious teenager in me....)
The remote seems a bit flimsy at first, but I am terrible with remotes and can easily crush them (this one is something to do with me having problems walking, hence use a stick, and hence upper body strength is far more than it should be...) but this one is still here and unbroken and with the same battery (or cell or whatevr it is) powering it as the day I bought it!
The only issue I have with alfie as such is a really silly one and not deserving of him loosing a star.... if you linger too long on the dusting, you turn him on.....Oh dear, that didn't come out as it was supposed to..... I mean that the touch sensitive operation can be a little too sensitive.
other than that, I can so highly reccomend Alfie that when him indoors decided he needed a mid-life-crisis hobby room, I bought him an Alfie to go in there and keep him company.