Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter for iPod mini; iPod classic 3G, 4G
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The original FM transmitter, this one from 2003, Griffin gave birth to wireless in-car connectivity with their introduction of iTrip, the first wireless way to play music from an iPod on your car stereo. Has not been used in some time since updating my iPod, may be of use to someone with an older model (as listed on the main product page.) Speedy despatch from a small independent seller.
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2 things you need to know about this product:
a) Even when properly tuned, the sound quality is no where near as good as the ipod through headphones, mainstream fm broadcasts and certainly nowhere near as good as in car cd players. However, it isnt as bad as some reviews would suggest PROVIDED you can find a spare FM frequency in your area. Which brings me to:
b) To fully explore the UK FM range on most radios, you need to download additional frequencies from the Griffin website ([...] They are free. Select the "other areas" bit and this gives you frequencies from 70 -90. I live in Manchester and find that 87.5 works fine most of the time.
I dont know how sound quality compares with using a tape adapter but it saves the wires draping everywhere
A very cool product which works amazingly well.
A MUST have for all ipod fans.
Firstly, the iTrip is so good looking it compliments the iPod perfectly, almost as if it was made by Apple themselves. Behind the stunning good looks is the capability to transmit music perfectly for a more than ample distance - you could have two cars following each other and both of them could be picking up music from the same iPod - and at perfect quality
Frequencies are easily chosen as if they were playlists, all you need to do is search to a frequency on your radio where you hear nothing but static and then program the iTrip to that frequency, all on the iPod's controls - there is no fiddling around with tiny little dials on the side.
One of the best features of the iTrip is its ability to transmit music with no batteries. All other FM transmitters I have come accross require some kind of AAA or AA batteries to work - which means you have two things to worry about - the iPod's battery life and your transmitter's battery life. Some can't even run without batteries and have only power inputs from cigarette lighter adapters or an AC plug. The iTrip takes the tiny amount of power it needs all from the iPod - and doesn't deplete your battery life.
This is a certain must buy for all iPod owners!!!
My expectations were somewhat guarded as to reception, but I've been pleasantly surprised. The quality is similar to a normal FM station (once you get a clear frequency) and I tend to keep my ipod in my shirt pocket while driving. This seems to keep a fairly consistent signal strength and I tend not to get much interference from outside transmisions (I'm in the west midlands)
Having used it in 2 cars, the reception does also depend on the sensitivity of your car's radio / antenna.
As with the ipod itself, having many albums playing on one device, you certainly notice the differing levels they're recorded at, but this isn't a criticism of the itrip... just something that's quite noticeable when played via an external stereo.
Selecting a frequency is easy (if you follow the instructions)... I've found I could delete many of the frequencies provided to keep my library clean (since many I know will not work in my area) and have renamed the frequency filenames (e.g "106.2" to include where I use the frequency e.g. "my car") which has worked quite well.
For those of you expecting cd / headphone quality, you'll be disappointed. If like me, you have realistic expectations (it is after all an FM transmitter) you should be happy.
For the money, you can't really knock it for convenience, appearance and ease of use. I'm glad I took the gamble!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a bit fiddly to setup, and the idea that it works using channels/frequencies listed as tracks in iTunes seemed ridiculous. Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2011 by KaesarSosei
this works. meets the requirements. But it really isn't the greatest thing ever.
I live in London so firstly it is really hard for me to find a free radio station. Read more
This is an excellent way to listen to your fav tunes on your ipod through a car stereo, your home stereo, and even a mobile phone with an FM radio! Read morePublished on 29 Oct. 2004 by Amazon Customer
I baught my iTrip after ignoring all the bad reports about it and mine works absolutely great, people should learn how to use things before criticising them.. ITS GREAT!Published on 19 Sept. 2004 by Ed Salih
I was worried about this iTrip as I had seen before that it could be muffled or poor quality, but the sound on my radio (and I live in a busy part of London) is almost crystal... Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 2004
Okay, I've only had this a couple of days but it is superb.
The predefined frequency is free in my area, the radio I have seems to work well with it (ie no hunting for a... Read more
Very quick delivery and high quality product.
The iTrip works great and i live in a fairly populated area.
Definately buy from ipodworld again!!