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I always maintain that it is the little things that can vastly improve your life, and the purchase of this radio attachment made all the difference to my boring, work shop job. Having previously had a walk man cd player, whereby I had to disengage myself every time a stood up, I graduated on to having an i-pod, which was brilliant for mobility. But it was the addition of my radio that set me free, as I was not restricted to my own limited collection of music and I could skip between stations and be entertained by interviews and chat shows as well as a broader range of music. It also comes in handy for being able to pause and skip without getting the i-pod out of your pocket. I find the signal to sometimes be sporadic, which can be annoying, but generally it is very good. Bizarrely, I do find that the signal is improved if I hold the radio in my hand. It has excessive wire that I just left coiled up and tied. Through extensive use I am actually on my second one, because the clip broke on my first one, which lead to the casing becoming unstable, so my advice would be to treat it very gently and try not to clip it onto anything too thick.
Now to me £35 for this seemed pretty expensive and thats because it is when you think what your gettin,its basically another set of earphones,which are too short to use without the remote,and a fm transmitter,which are a few quid in the shops.Yet even baring this in mind theyve still dreamy up this massive figure.
The remote itself is very easy to use and has similar controls to the ipod itself which is good as it builds familiarity!!The remote feels quite durable and seems to be well built.What i do like about the remote is the clip on the back,this is there so you can clip the remote to clothing or bag straps or whatever so that you dont have to keep going into your pocket when you want to switch channels.
The radio itself can only be activated through the ipod menu,which seems a little daft,id of thought being able to turn it on via the remote would have made more sense!!Radio signals themselves can be quite weak,i live in manchester and often struggle to get a crystal clear reception on local stations which is pretty annoying,i guess the signal would be even worse in the country side.
The remote has with it a hold button which stops you accidently catching the buttons which is a good idea.
To be honest i wasnt overly impressed with this,its ok if your not on the move and can keep reception,the price is daft and the short earphones are useless on their own
I don't like a lot of daft accessories for my iPod. With my new 4th gen nano however I found myself wanting an easier way to skip tracks, mess with the volume and also a curious desire to have a radio (on an iPod?!)
The radio remote bears some resemblance to the iPod shuffle, it clips to your clothing in exactly the same way. I primarily use it for controlling my iPod so that it never has to leave my pocket.
Don't be concerned if you have your own headphones, whilst the radio remote does come with another set of standard white iPod earphones you are not forced to use them! Just connect the radio remote cable to the base of your iPod, clip the remote to your jacket, then connect your headphones/earphones of choice to the remote. This can be useful if you have a short cable on your headphones, also useful if you keep your iPod in your backpack or somewhere a little more distant.
The radio is easy to use but (as far as I am aware) can only be activated from the iPod menu, so if you have the iPod in your pocket you'll have to take it out to switch to the radio. I've had no problems finding radio stations, but then I do live in a city.
The controls on the remote allow you to start/stop music playback, switch the iPod on and off, adjust the volume and in radio mode adjust the station. It also has a hold button, just like on your iPod, but operating separately from your iPod, so you can switch the iPod to hold so no buttons get pressed in your pocket and the remote will still operate.
In conclusion it's not a bad purchase, I don't use it all the time but it suits me for my cycle to work. If I get tired of my music or want to listen to some sports on the radio, I have that option.