shaped like a bucket but has rubber feet and a rubberised handle for non slip. bought this in the sale at 25 and it was well worth it!! i haven't been able to have it up full blast so i do not know how loud it goes! plays most ipods. it will even use the iphone although it won't push in all the way because its too long to slot in the hole in the top, with all round speakers gives the impression of surround sound too.