* Prices may differ from that shown
Recently I got a new car that doesn't have a aux plug and so i couldn't use my Ipod. I was a bit upset but started to live without it. One of my Christmas pressents was this transmitter and I thought it's a good idea but will it actually work. Well I've been using it everyday since and it works fine. On one longer trip I had to change the setting once, but that is hardly a down point! I have a rather long drive everyday and it works without the need to adjust which is great!
One end goes into the car charger / or cig lighter and the other into the Ipod. The Ipod charges the whole time it id connected which is an added bonus. You need to tune the radio to be on the same station as the transmitter and the best ones are usually thoes with a blank station on either side. So if you manually flick through stations wait until you find three blank ones and use the one in the middle. The instructions say it is hardest to tune in built up areas like cities, but I live very close to London and have no trouble.
In the shops the Itrip sells anywhere from £9.95 to £19.99 depending on the model, colour and shape. Mine is the cheaper end and works just fine so I wouldn't worry that you need to spend a lot to get a good product.
I had an Ipod for around a year before I decided I wanted an FM transmitter for my car, so I brought a very cheap one off ebay which plugged into the cig lighter, but I got fed up of having to put it into the lighter socket each time I wanted to play my ipod in the car, so I decided it would have another look on ebay and I came across the itrip. It cost me roughly £15 delivered and came from USA off Ebay.
When I purchased the itrip it was illegal to use them in the UK apparently although I was never stopped and a police officer even saw me using it, but they didnt care. Although I believe it is now legal to use these as they are only low powered broadcasters.
There are a two types of itrip, one that plugs into the headphone socket and one that plugs into the dock on the bottom of the ipod. Mine is the second.
The itrip (the later ones with the dock connectors) plugs into the bottom of the itrip and uses the battery power from the Ipod. The itrip powers up when you start playing a song on your Ipod, you will then have to choose a frequency, I choose 88.5 which in my car picks up another radio station but is very fuzzy, but as soon as the itrip loads up it switches to what is playing on the ipod.
The quality is very good considering it is coming over the radio, although if I want to have my music up very load I choose Cds over my ipod/itrip as its just that bit clearer, but I dont think many people have their music up as high as mine ;)
One of itrips features (something not found on any other transmitters) is selectable LX or DX modes of broadcasting, which allows you to adjust for the absolute best possible audio under real-world conditions. Even in large cities with lots of radio stations, itrip's DX Mode delivers a low background noise level so its much clearer. Information on how to use LX and DX features are in the instructions that you get with the itrip.
So with the itrip getting its power from the ipod you may think that the ipod will run out of battery very quickly, thats what I thought, although it really doesnt seem to effect it that much, obviously yes it does reduce it a bit but not as much as you would expect. Although I have to do some very long journeys at times, so I decided to buy the Griffin Powerjolt also available on ebay at a reasonably price, this plugs into the bottom of the itrip in a special socket which is made just for the powerjolt (note: This is only available on the later itrips that use the dock connection I believe), so you can charge your ipod whilst in the car whilst you are listening via the itrip. It has been excellent well worth getting for under £10 delivered.
Overall I believe the itrip is the best FM transmitter solution you will get for your ipod. Buy it :)
If you're the owner of an apple ipod this gadget will get you soooo excited!!
I have owned my ipod for approx 1 year, my friend also has one. My friend had visited America and purchased an FM transmitter from the Apple store whilst over there. This was around a year ago . At the time, i remember thinking how much i wanted one, but i certainly wasn't visiting America to buy one!! She paid approximately £40.
I on the other hand was brousing Ebay when i came across the Griffin iTrip transmitter. 'Brilliant' i thought!! The item was much cheaper - £15 this was including postage from America! I couldn't believe it and ordered one straight away!!
Now, in the UK, this transmitter is illegal (supposedly!) Something to do with a Broadcasting law! Won't bore you with the facts as i haven't got them, and to be honest i don't want them!! - People do much worse than play a few tunes in the car!! Thats my excuse!! Hee hee
How does it work:
The iTrip is connected to the top of the ipod using the headphone slot. You then select an FM frequency on your sterio, this frequency should be unused. You then adjust the frequency on the iTrip to the same - this is made easy due to the digital display! The volume on the ipod needs setting to about 3/4, but the iTrip will automatically adjust the volume if its too high. Then....what you waiting for...get your tunes on!!!
Which models will the iTrip work on?......
3G, 4G, ipod photo and ipod mini models.
I did order one for my friend who has a video ipod...be aware the fitting is different and you are unable to use it.
So, i'm now a happy bunny driving to work listening to my favourite tunes. The iTrip can be used anywhere with a radio, its not just restricted to the car! Be gone with the cd's!!
Would deffinately recommend...but not if you're wearing a blue uniform!!
My most well used Christmas present from last Christmas is arguably the Griffin Itrip FM Transmitter that my parents bought for me. Previous to actually receiving the itrip transmitter I had no idea what one was or that they even existed but its proved to be an invaluable present that I simply wouldnt be without now.
The Itrip is produced by the company Griffin which was formed back in 1992 to produce items to complement products from Mac these include innovative video, audio, serial, USB, FireWire and ADB adapters for Mac. Their latest range of products supports the range of ipods currently available from Apple and includes cases, docking systems, speakers and of course, the itrip.
So what is an itrip? Basically its a small piece of equipment which enables you to play your ipod music through any radio system, including a car radio system. The itrip is 6cm by 2cm and just over 1cm wide, it comes in black and white to suit both colours of the new generation ipod. On the top it has a small connector which plugs into the bottom of the video ipods and also has a small connector hole at the bottom to enable you to charge the ipod as you listen to the music. On the front of the itrip is a small LCD screen with a backlight which informs you of the frequency you are currently tuned into.
How does it work?
Firstly, theres no on/off switch with the itrip, as soon as you plug it into the ipod and theres a radio nearby it will immediately switch itself on and start playing. It needs to be quite near to the radio in order to minimize any disturbance, I usually place mine in the small holder about 10 inches from the radio system in my car. You need to change your radio to manual search in order to allow you to listen to every single frequency as you require one with no station already playing. Once youre found one on the radio system you can then tune in the itrip. To adjust the frequency merely use the small wheel on the right hand side of the itrip, this will also allow you alternate between FM radios and SW radio channels. Once youve selected the frequency that works best for you merely press in the wheel to stop it moving. A bonus of the itrip is that it has no battery and therefore there is no need to re-charge it between uses, it merely takes its power supply from that of the ipod.
The best frequencies are those that currently dont operate any sort of radio channel so that when youre searching through your radio youre looking for one that is either silent or just a lot of noise, i.e. no recognition of music or speaking can be heard on it. Obviously if you do choose one that is currently playing a radio station then that will interfere with the ipods music.
I was originally worried that as the itrip uses the ipods battery for its power supply, the battery of the ipod would decrease quite rapidly. However I was surprised to find this isnt the case, it does decrease slightly quicker than normal head phone usage but on the whole the battery lasts just as long as it does when listening through head phones. The most Ive ever playing the ipod for using the itrip is about 7 hours and the battery lasted fine for this period although did require recharging after as I doubt it would have lastedt much longer.
With regard to actually using the itrip Ive found its very simple to use, when I did first use it it took me about an hour to discover the best frequency as very often as you drive around different radio stations will try to tune in and so cause disturbance. However after a bit of messing with the itrip and my car radio Ive found a frequency that seems to work wherever I drive to (within reason of course) and now I rarely ever have to re-tune the itrip in as the frequency is stored on the itrip. The sound is crystal clear for the majority of time although on certain, random occasions a little disturbance or buzzing can be heard which is annoying but usually rectifies itself within about 10 seconds. As said on the site, Even in large cities with lots of radio stations crowding the dial, itrip delivers a background noise level below that of a cassette tape adapter, allowing the music to play through clearly.
If youre interested in getting your hands on one of these Itrips then the best place to buy is online as Ive yet to see them available in any high street stores. I bought mine from Ipod World (www.ipodworld.co.uk) where it is available at £33.99. They can also be found quite frequently on Ebay where they tend to sell for between £20 and £30.