Home » Ipod » Accessories » iPod FM Transmitters » GRIFFIN ITRIP FM TRANSMITTER FOR IPOD MINI; IPOD CLASSIC 3G, 4G

  • Compatibility: iPod mini; iPod classical 3G, 4G
  • FM conductor written to fool around iPod song by FM radios
  • Tunes to any FM magnitude for the many suitable probable performance
  • Battery-free pattern receives energy from iPod itself
  • Sleek, tasteful housing fits seamlessly upon tip of iPod

Product Description
You have been seeking during the coolest iPod appendage in the world. The iTrip FM conductor for the iPod can fool around your song by any FM air wave in your car, during the party, wherever the mood strikes you–and we have the radio. It’s transparent that the iTrip is done privately for the iPod. This gives iTrip advantages over identical devices. For example, with the iTrip, we can have the cleanest probable signal–because we can select any air wave hire upon the dial to balance for the many suitable opening possible. You do this by ‘playing’ special hire codes yet delay from the iPod itself. Another worth of the iTrip is that it needs no batteries–it receives the small volume of energy from the iPod. The strange iTrip can even stagger out of the approach to assign the iPod whilst still in use. No some-more batteries ever again. There’s not even the energy switch – customarily block it in as well as go. It shuts off automatically after 60 seconds of silence–just similar to the iPod. The iTrip is the idealisation appendage for the iPod since it allows we to share the song as well as share the fun over your headphones. Don’t leave home yet it.Amazon.com Product Description
Amazon.com Product Description The iPod has helped shift the approach people store as well as attend to music, yet it’s not quite automobile friendly. Unless your automobile stereo includes the cassette rug (increasingly rare) or an auxiliary submit (more usual between newer stereos) total with the suitable adapter, we simply haven’t had the equates to to fool around your endless iPod living room by your automobile speakers. Several companies, however, have sought to fill this blank by releasing the product called an FM transmitter, that broadcasts iPod tunes by FM airwaves. Griffin Technology is between the difficulty leaders with the iTrip, the watchful small device that fits unobtrusively upon tip of the iPod model. The iTrip isn’t cramped to automobile stereos–it plays upon roughly any FM radio–but since many home stereos as well as boomboxes have auxiliary inputs, it’s many renouned as the automobile accessory.



The iTrip is written to promote to any dull FM magnitude upon the dial of any radio, during home or in your car.

Design as well as Setup
The iPod is installed with considerable features, yet it’s additionally an Apple product, that equates to that looks matter. A lot. And Griffin obviously recognizes this, since the association has expelled multiform iTrips written to compare specific iPod models, as well as any is between the sleekest FM transmitters upon the market. Plus, the device measures reduction than an in. tall as well as just as far-reaching as the iPod it sits on, so it takes up roughly no additional space–an critical underline to people who worth the iPod’s portability. 

The iTrip is written to promote to any dull FM magnitude upon your dial–depending upon where we embrace the many suitable reception–but it’s customarily configured to fool around during 87.9 MHz right out of the box. That equates to the small setup is compulsory regulating the enclosed CD-ROM as well as iTunes. Fortunately, the designation is painless as well as takes customarily the integrate of minutes. The installer adds the playlist to your iPod (through iTunes) called iTrip Stations, that consists of the array of reduced audio files that conform with all permitted FM frequencies.

Features as well as Performance
The iTrip performs many suitable when tuned to an FM magnitude that plays zero yet static, with no heard difference or music. Finding the great magnitude is sincerely easy, yet it requires your full attention, so it’s many suitable to do so whilst parked. We tested the iTrip upon 3 apart frequencies in the midsize marketplace with varying success. The receptive to advice was in all great in dual of the frequencies, reduction so in the third. This remained loyal either the iPod sat subsequent to the radio, in the backseat, or underneath the smoke-stack of newspapers. While pushing by bad FM accepting areas, the iTrip perceived the bit of static, yet it customarily upheld in the integrate of seconds.

The iTrip is written some-more for preference than selected audio performance, so listeners shouldn’t design CD-quality sound. When tuned to the transparent frequency, it’s about upon standard with the normal FM station. If the volume is incited high, users competence notice the slight make buzzing receptive to advice by the speakers, yet engine receptive to advice as well as highway receptive to advice will in all cover that up. However, listeners who worth top-quality sound–especially people with costly orator systems that collect up any teenager flaw–might instead wish to supplement an auxiliary submit to their automobile stereos to get the many from their iPods.

The categorical drawbacks to the iTrip have been sincerely minor, yet will worry the little users. First, the iTrip Stations playlist is stored as partial of your altogether song library, definition the particular audio files can arise during trifle play–and the receptive to advice isn’t pleasant. Listeners can pill this by formulating the brand brand new playlist with their complete song libraries reduction the iTrip Stations files. Second, the iTrip draws the energy from the iPod battery. This is both the as well as as well as the minus, since it equates to we do not need to keep shopping brand brand new AAA batteries any week, yet we additionally won’t embrace as many energy from any iPod charge. If this bothers you, cruise purchasing an automobile charger, that powers your iPod or iPod mini by the cigarette lighter adapter whilst we drive. Third, the iTrip isn’t great for prolonged highway trips by swarming regions, since the permitted FM frequencies competence shift any 40 or so miles (or less), creation it required to often retune the iTrip. On the flip side, it’s great for prolonged drives by the country.

Ultimately, the iTrip is the great value. The preference will greatfully iPod fans who have been clamoring for the approach to fool around their song in the car. Audiophiles competence wish to demeanour elsewhere, yet many alternative listeners should be satisfied. –Rivers Janssen

Pros

  • Makes iPod song living room permitted to any one with an FM air wave
  • Simple, easy-to-follow controls regulating iPod click circle
  • Sound peculiarity is solid, yet not superb

Cons

  • Sometimes requires visit retuning to find many suitable FM magnitude
  • Hard to find great magnitude in swarming civic areas
  • iTrip audio files evacuate upsetting receptive to advice when selected for trifle play, yet complaint is fixable

What’s in the Box
The iTrip white FM transmitter, an designation CD-ROM, as well as the user’s manual.

Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter for iPod mini; iPod classical 3G, 4G



5 Reviews

  1. Mediahound says:

    If you have a cassette deck in your car, you don’t need the iTrip, just get one of those cassette adapters and you are all set. But if you don’t have a cassette deck in your car, the iTrip does what it’s supposed to do fairly well. In the majority of cases, it works fine. Although you should be aware that this technology is not perfect. Depending on your location, you may occaisionally experience some static from a radio station that is near where you have the iTrip set to.Also, the quality is limited to FM radio quality. It is not as good as what the iPod is capable of and certainly not CD quality. That said, the quality from the iTrip is quite listenable for the price when there is no static. In my area (which is a major metropolitan area), no matter what I do, I get some occaisional static depending on the time of day. If your car stereo has a line input, that would the the ideal recommendation. Some radios nowadays even have a jack right on the front of the radio. If yours doesn’t, perhaps it has line input jacks in the back of the unit and an installer can wire this up for you so you can access it and plug the iPod in to it.Another better option than the iTrip is to have a car stereo shop install a wired FM modulator for you. The FM modulator is wired under your dash between your antenna and the radio and includes a jack for the iPod. This works virtually flawlessly, with no static and a much more powerful signal into the radio. In all, I would recommend the iTrip for use in a rental car or a friend’s car or if you will only use the iPod occaisionally in your car. If you drive a lot and use the iPod exclusively, it would definitely be worth it to invest in a wired option instead.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  2. Chris Peters says:

    From what I’ve seen, the iTrip is the best FM Transmitter for the iPod, but that doesn’t mean it’s good, or even does what you need it to do. Sadly, I get faint radio static from the iTrip no matter where I place it in my car, and when I drive around, the music might fade completely to static. This is distracting, and while you might get used to it, I personally didn’t play $50 to have my iPod sounding like a record player. I get much better performance from a cheap $10 tape adapter. Long road trips will force you to change the radio frequency often, and while the iTrip thankfully while let you use any frequency you want to, setting a new one is too complicated to do singlehanded while driving by yourself. Driving through a big city (or even living in one) will leave you totally frustrated. The little add-on looks cool sitting atop you iPod, and runs off the iPod’s batteries and not AAs like some others, but overall I just can’t recommend it to anyone unless you absolutely have no other option, especially if you live in a big city with crowded airwaves.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  3. Shelley Shay says:

    I already had an FM attachment for my iPod, but it was clumsy – it had an earphone jack, but was powered by batteries, which I had to replace way too often for a transmitter that had a very limited range (about 1 foot).

    The iTrip looked perfect for my needs – self-powered by the iPod, and sexy-looking to boot.

    The iTrip ships with a CD, which contains several dozen .mp3 files, one for each station/channel on broadcast FM. If you only use your iPod in one city, then you will rarely have to change stations, as the station that’s “free” – ie, doesn’t have a radio station broadcasting a signal on it, is unlikely to change that often – but if you go on a road trip, you may want to change the frequency once in a while.

    The first time I tried out my iTrip, I went on a road trip from the Dallas area to Shreveport, Louisiana. I was taking the trip anyway, not just to test the iTrip! Anyway, I didn’t think to create a play list just for the iTrip stations before I synched (it would have been nice if the documentation w/ the iTrip suggested this), so I had my iTrip on random/shuffle play on my whole library – lo and behold, it hits another frequency .mp3 and resets my ipod to a different station. There is no way to delete an item directly from the iPod w/o synching with a computer – so I was out of luck and had an extremely frustrating trip until I saw a Radio Shack on the way and bought one of those Cassette-Jack adapters. So, everytime one of the Griffin .mp3 files would come up on random shuffle, I’d hit the “next” arrow on the iPod to skip it – since it’s obnoxiously loud.

    Griffin had an excellent idea with this gizmo, but I doubt they did any field testing first, otherwise they would have rethought their approach. With the Apple Software Developer Kit (SDK), they could have written an application for the iPod that let you control the settings for iTrip, instead of making .mp3 files be the trigger for setting the device… this way no one has to make different play lists to accommodate a third party gadget.

    I was so happy to buy this item, and now it lays in a drawer because it’s too frustrating to use. The range is also less than impressive. I know that the FCC has rules on how strong a radio transmitter can be for this type of device, but I should be able to use the iPod when it’s in the passenger seat – but apparently that’s too far from my stereo! I had to lay it in my ashtray to get a good signal.

    Great concept, beautiful design, crappy execution.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  4. Leon Stearns says:

    This will not work with video iPod. The video iPod does not have the power source next to the audio out like all the other iPods. The video iPod only has the audio out (headphone jack).
    Rating: 3 / 5

  5. James Colborn says:

    I live in Cambridge MA and find the iTrip a worthy addition to my iPod arsenal. At first I had no luck with the iTrip, it was so hard to tune in that I almost gave up, but after waiting 6 months for delivery it was worth just that last ditch effort to get right. For some reason 97.7 on any FM radio is the station to tune to and then let the iTrip find the best signal. I’ve had it with zero hiss for long journeys, such as Boston to New York and it’s been fine the whole way. I’ve also used it in the UK (on the same 97.7 frequency) and has performed excellently there too. There are more radio stations than sense in Boston so I actually collapsed my arial on my car which makes it work better as the closest signal to the radio will always be the iPod. Don’t get your cell phone too close as the constant signal exchanges between phone and phone provider can be annoying and power lines make it sizzle sometimes. Overall I like the device and if you have multiple radios in your house it’s great to carry music from one location to the other without having to take the disc or tape. Thumbs up from me. 4 out of 5 just for the fact that it was really hard to get going and that my LED is red and not blue as the instruction manual states and as such I was convinced mine was broken from day one!
    Rating: 4 / 5

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