Docking stations are great because they essentially are many devices that have been combined into one easy to use device. You can listen to music, charge your device, tune into a radio station or even set alarms with your own music.

Always make sure the docking station is compatible with your iPod, iPhone or any other MP3 player.

Here's the best iPod docking stations for under $100 dollars.

Philips AJ7040D iPod/iPhone Speaker Dock

Phillips DockCredit: docking station from Phillips let's you connect your iPod or iPhone so you can listen to music, charge your battery or set an alarm to wake up to your favourite music. The Reflex Bass System delivers a strong, deep bass with a total output power of 10 watts. It comes with an all-in-one remote control that lets you browse through your music, set alarms or adjust the volume.

This docking station allows you to set two separate alarms for an added convenience. It also has a built in FM tuner so you can listen to your favourite radio stations. Phillips also built in an auxiliary input for connecting other MP3 players or audio devices.

Sony ICFCS 15 iPod/iPhone Speaker Dock

Sony DockCredit: dock from Sony delivers rich and clear sound with a deep bass. It has a sleek black finish with simple to use buttons but also comes with a remote for quick use. This station will automatically charge your iPod or iPhone when connected while the alarm function will always wake you up to your favourite songs.

It also comes with a built in FM tuner do you can tune into local radio stations. The Sony ICFCS 115 offers terrific sound and value for under $100 dollars.

Speakal iCrystal iPod Speaker Dock

Speakal iCrystalCredit: first thing you will notice about the Speakal iCrystal is the unique "teardrop" speakers. They really provide a cool look and produce sound that actually fills a room quite well. The 360 degree sound distribution really expands overall sound. The dock has touch sensitive buttons and also can be controlled by an infrared remote.

It supports most iPod and iPhone models but also has a 3.5mm input for the shuffle, other MP3 players, mobile phones or portable game systems/DVD players.