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Belkin Tune fm Ipod Connector
The ipod tune fm is a small radio transmitter to wirelessly connect you ipod to your car, home radio or any other radio you want your songs to be played on.
Out of the box you get the tune fm a car charger adapter for the ipod so you can charge the ipod whilst using the Tune fm. There is also a small booklet explaining how to use the tune fm.
The Tune fm plugs into the pod and has 6 buttons to set the Tune fm up. Four of these buttons can be set up to store commonly used frequencies to transmit to the radio you want to hear you ipod music through. The other two buttons are used to alter the frequency you want to transmit your songs over.
The device is about the same width and thickness of my ipod 5th generation but it does work with my ipod nano when connected. The Tune fm also works with 4th generation colour display ipod's as well.
The setup of the Tune fm is pretty easy. This is the best way I have found to connect and use the Tune fm. First step go to the radio you want to tune the ipod to. If your radio has manual tuning tune the radio until it is detuned from any radio station. You will know when this happens as speakers will emit white noise (A hissing sound) then make a note of the frequency that you have detuned the radio to.
Plug the tune fm into ipod charging socket it will only fit one way so there is no chance that you can cause a problem. Don't force the Tune fm in it should just require a firm push. When the tune fm is connected the display on the ipod will change and display the frequency counter. Now using the arrows marked up and down press them until the frequency displayed matches the frequency on the radio you want to hear the music from the ipod. When you have successfully tuned the ipod to the radio set the music should be coming out of the speakers. If no music is heard from the speakers then retry the following steps.
Overall its ok I paid about £15 for mine about four months ago and generally the device works well although does suffer from the effect of where the Tune fm is situated in my car. Moving the ipod and Tune fm to another location until a clear music is heard solves this problem. The Tune fm is small and compact and easily fits in your pocket and requires a minimum of setting up as soon as you get use to the operation of the Tune fm.
The clarity of the songs being played on the radio can be affected by other electrical interference such as the microwave and other transmitters. If you drive around into different areas in the car you may as I have done need to tune to another unused radio frequency from time to time as you may get interference from local radio stations. It's not as good as some of the other new generation of ipod transmitters who automatically have "follow me" technology meaning that the ipod transmitter and radio will automatically tune to an unused frequency but these devices usually cost more than the Belkin Tune fm. There are also radios for sale that can accept an input from the ipod via wires which overcomes all the problems with transmitting a signal wirelessly.