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In my old car I was able to plug my iPhone into the stereo using an aux cable which was great and did the job well. Though having just changed car the stereo doesn't have the capability to do that, so therefore needed a solution.
I knew these sort of items existed and after reading reviews on Amazon, (I didn't know about doyoo at the time!) I decided to go for the Griffin iTrip. After receiving mine which I paid£28 for, I unboxed it and was impressed straight away with the compactness of the product. Looking through the information it soon dawned on me that set up would be a breeze, and it was. Attach the iTrip to the iPhone choose an unused frequency by a simple button push, tune the car radio to that frequency and there playing through you radio.
Well the first time all was good, though in subsequent uses it has been a bit trickier to find a good frequency, although it gets there in the end. I have found the sound quality to be good, though if my phone moves from where I put it the signal does tend to come in and out sporadically so can be hit and miss at times.
Generally I am happy with it, good sound quality and ease of use. I wouldn't say it is the perfect answer but a good solution. Three stars from me.
The Griffin iTrip is a breath of fresh air to any iPod owner looking to listen to their tunes on a home stereo, without any hassle or confusion.
It is a very small device which fits into older iPods perfectly through the dock connection. It has a glossy black coating which makes it look very smart, and it is sleek, rounded on the edges and well-designed. Being only a tad thicker than my 4G iPod, it fits very snugly into its base and is flush with the side of the mp3 player. It is also a very light device, not weighing down the iPod or damaging the dock connection in any way.
Impressively, this device works off the iPod battery and hence needs no charging/batteries. This is a key advantage of the iTrip, in that all you need to do is connect it to the iPod for it to turn on. You are then greeted with a black and white LCD display which shows you a radio frequency.
This tool works by transmitting your music through a radio signal. As such, if you pick 94.9FM on the device, your music will be blasted out at this frequency. There is a simple tuning button to the right of the device for changing frequencies, with good response. It is a simple trick to perform, and much less time consuming than purchasing and connecting connectors/cables for the same effect.
The stream quality is brilliant for the most part. At times there will be crackling, or the radio transmission will make its way in, but if you position your iPod adequately prior to use, these problems are easily avoided. The only negative I can see is that it will drain you iPod battery quicker. A lot quicker. Having said that, this is to be expected and would most likely be the case in the pursuit of other solutions. Having used it multiple times, it has worked perfectly and never crashed.
Sadly, it will cost you. Available for just under twenty pounds, it is an expensive bit of tech. But for those looking for a quick, simple solution, this may be an ideal choice.
For me, this was an amazing product. Easy for anyone to plug in and play, all you need is a home stereo with an FM tuner to access your iPod tunes with no need for headphones.
I must say that I absoltuly love this product, in fact I loved it so much that I bought another one for a present. When I frist bought mine it was £30 which I thought was quite pricy but stil worth it, a few months later however and the price had dropped to around £15 on Amazon.
It is very simple to use, you just plug it onto the bottom of your iPod/iPhone and then select a frequency. When in your car for example, you then tune your radio into that frequency and voila. It is very easy-to-use and simple to setup. I would however say that the quality is often lost in some places which can be very annoying.
Unlike other FM transmitters I found that this does really fit in well with the iPod. It is available in both black and white and so will match your iPod and look in place. There is a clear screen at the front of the device that is easy to see. However, when travelling and it is dark there is no backlight to light up the screen which makes it a hassle to see the frequency. This is not so much an issue as long as you remember the correct frequency.
It is a must have device for an iPod user and allows you to play your music in the car (Excellent!) or play it through your CD player radio in your lounge for example. It really is a great product and well worth getting, especially considering the price now. One more thing to say about it is that it uses the power from your iPod/iPhone and is not particularly power consuming which adds to its appeal. I hope this was useful and thank you very much fore reading!
Just before I was due to go for a long road trip I decided to splash out on the iTrip so that I could have a bit of variety other than the commercial or BBC radio stations. The technology is very clever and user friendly (even for technophobes) and is very small and portable. The device is an FM transmitter, so you simply plug in the iTrip to the back of your iPod, adjust the frequency to a free FM frequency on the radio (i.e. where there is no radio station transmitting) and make sure that the frequency on your radio matches up with that displayed on the iTrip. The music quality is good and there are no cords involved so you can place the device anywhere in the car. However, there are some limitations with buying this device:
- This device has no batteries so runs from the charge of your iPod so if your iPod is not fully charged you will not get much play time.
- I would not recommend buying this device for use in the car without a cigarette lighter charger as you can charge your iPod at the same time as using the iTrip without draining the iPod battery.
- The iTrip is great if you are making a regular journey where you know where there is a free FM frequency (e.g. commuting to work). However if you are on a road trip where you come across different regional FM stations this may interfere with the free FM frequency and you have to re-adjust the FM setting on the iTrip. This is very difficult when driving alone and you'll need to pull over!
All in all a neat device, but don't buy this without owning an iPod charger for your car. If you have a co-driver who can adjust the FM setting if needed, even better.
This is a fantastic piece of technology which has made me use my iPod even more, I didn't think that would really be possible.
The transmitter connects to your iPod and after being tuned to the same wavelength as your stereo (car/home) allows your iPod music and playlists to be played through said stereo.
It is very easily connected to your iPod and tuned. My only concern was that there are no release buttons for disconnecting, these release buttons are on all iPod accessories I own and I don't really like the idea of just pulling the transmitter out.
The sound is great but can be interfered with if you have other analogue systems in the house. E.g if I am using the transmitter downstairs and someone has the radio on upstairs it sometimes comes through in the background of the music. Another downside is through the valleys in the car, areas renowned for 'no radio signal' affect the sound quality when using the device in cars.
The distance that it will clearly transmit is quite short and I often leave the iPod on top of the stereo or car dashboard to get the best signal and sound. The downside to this is running down the stairs to the stereo every time that I want to change a song whilst I'm cleaning upstairs.
The device varies in price through the country with companies such as Argos retailing it at £20+. I feel that this is overpriced for the unit and found a supplier in the UK that was selling them for brand new at £5 making it a fantastic bargain and definitely the best gadget that I've bought probably since my iPod itself.
The Griffin iTrip as with all FM transmitters started off being classed as illegal due to you effectively broadcasting a radio station, they became legal in 2006. Despite this, people still bought them and and they are now more popular than ever.
New cars nowadays have ports built into cars that allow you to plug your MP3 players directly, but what do you do if you don't have this or don't even have a tape player which allows you to use the old tape adapters. My car didn't have either but it would allow me to make an MP3 CD although this only allowed around 7 albums and it became a pain if I wanted them on random or to have different albums. I then decided to try a FM Transmitter.
After buying one and trying it whilst sat on my driveway in the car, I found a nice clear station and had the ipod playing through the speakers within 10 minutes, however when I was driving to work and using my new gadget this is where I found it's weakness. The signal you may have while in one place may not be clear in another so you have to find a clear station which is clear wherever you are. After a couple of tries I was getting really annoyed with it, but I finally found a clear station which for reference is 107.00 in Bristol. I now use my ipod every day to and from work which is a 13 mile drive each way and have no interference at all.
The iTrip plugs into your iPod in the data port where you would usually charge it from, you then turn your iPod on and start playing music, this will turn the iTrip on, you know it's on when the digital display shows a frequency. Scan through your car radio until you find a clear station with just static and no speech or music. Once you have found this, save the channel on your car radio for easier finding next time. Then you have to change the frequency on the iTrp, this is done with the switch on the side, when the station is found press the button and it will save the channel so you don't have to search each time. You are now all set, your music will now play through your speakers.
This is such an easy thing to use and once you have it set up on a clear station you can experience great sound from your iPod with no wires.
Some FM transmitters come with a cable that require plugging into the cigarette socket to power it, however the iTrip draws power from the iPod itself, this can be classed as a good and bad thing.
Good because you don't have cables which get in the way.
Bad because it drains your iPod battery a lot quicker.
I have found that I get around 10 hours of play out of my iPod Touch with the iTrip connected, the stated playtime of the iPod Touch is 24 hours although I have never taken note to see if I actually get this amount of time.
The iTrip is a good looking transmitter and it is not too bulky. It measures 2.45" x 1.43" x 0.9" (62.5mm x 36.5mm x 22mm). It is the same width as my iPod Touch and adds about an inch to the bottom of it.
I have been very impressed with the quality in build and sound of the iTrip and after spending the time to get a good station it is now simple to use and would now never pay to have a iPod port put into my car. I never listen to my music really loud, it's quite loud but not car shakingly so, so I can't comment on what the quality sounds like when you have it turned right up.
One small problem I found when I was going to work the other day is, if someone has the same station set as you, you will get interference from them and get a mix of your own and their music, but what are the actual chances of it happening often. I have owned it for a few months now and it has only happened once for about a minute in the hours I have been listening. A good thing to take out of it is, the cars that were around me stopped at traffic lights and I made it through, and I was still getting their signal for about another 10 seconds before I just lost signal, so it has a good range on it too.
I have mentioned using this in the car as this is the only place I have used mine, but you are not just limited to in the car, you can use it wherever you have a FM radio.
You can find these for around £20-25, which in my opinion isn't too bad when you compare it to the alternative choices.
This has got to be the most useful product I have ever purchased. It is much cheaper than a good set of ipod speakers and can be used in an identical way as well as playing in the car. It is really useful as it is so small so can be carried round and used at random moments, you can play your ipod all the time. The only thing is it doesn't charge your ipod while you use it and uses up a lot of battery so you have to charge your ipod very often. This was especially useful for me as my ipod broke and I couldn't use the headphone socket. So I just brought a mini portable radio and I could still listen to my ipod as normal. Just be careful you don't lose it, I would highly advise this product however. Nifty, Useful and really good .
Out of all the equipment or general items I've bought this year, I'd have to say this is the best "gadget" I've ever purchased.
The obvious alternative to the iTrip is the USB connection or specialist Ipod stereo you can use play your Ipod through speakers, this however can be irritating when alot of Stereos aren't compatible and you often don't have a handy cable on you to connect with.
This is where the convenience of the iTrip steps in. How many stereos do you know of that don't have an FM receiver inclusive?
Usually, very few. Any stereo that does will be iTrip compatible, that's all you need, FM!
This small device slips into the bottom connector of the iPod and in order for it to play through the radio, all you must do is tune the radio to an unused frequency, and match the tuning on the iTrip. The iTrip is easily tuned by using the tuner on the right side. This is done by just first of all placing the iTrip into the iPod, playing a song on the iPod to activate it, and then simply tuning the iTrip into the identical station on the radio.
In terms of quality of sound, i have found that this isn't damaged at all provided the iTrip is within a reasonable range of the radio and doesn't have too much hard material to pass through (I can't say I have a full understanding of radio waves but it appears metals seem to distort the signal significantly) which makes it ideal in the glove box of a car or just placed on top of the stereo or a windosill nearby.
Any experience of bad sound quality is often down to 1 of 2 things: The battery in the iPod is running low or the radio itself hasn't got a vary good quality receiver meaning you may experience a slight variation in quality when using different radios, but as I said, this is only slight.
The iTrip itself should remain at the same tuning when it's turned on again meaning that if playing through the same radio, you get the songs straight away, but obviously you have to quickly tune in any other radios to the iTrip or vice versa.
If you are using a standard sized iPod then the iTrip will fit underneath perfectly but it may be slightly more protruding on smaller models. I've found it becomes a constant connection as you can play through headphones aswell as having the iTrip connected and terefore just becomes an extension of the iPod which makes it far superior to using a cable in a sense.
I would recommend this to any iPod user as a great asset to hearing your music properly and being able to choose from the variety that an Mp3 player provides.
The Griffin Itrip is a high tech piece of equipment which allows you to listen to your ipod through any FM radio whether this is your car radio or your radio at home. It simply connects to the bottom of the ipod sending a good quality signal to your radio. The itrip is 6cm long and 2cm wide, so it is very compact and fits on the bottom of the ipod quite neatly. It is 1.5cm thick so it is substantially thicker than most ipods. It weighs only 19g so is very easy to carry around. Typically costs £15-£20.
Ease of use. Connecting the itrip to the ipod is easy but from there on it becomes a little more difficult.Once connected, you have to tune the ipod to the same station on your radio. This can be tedious and it is slightly annoying that when you disconnect the itrip you have to reconfigure the radio station. It is reset.
After you have got the itrip and the radio on the same station you should be able to hear the songs played from your ipod. However, you do not always get clear signal. Therefore, you must position the ipod in a place where the signal is strong and the music can be heard clearly. If the ipod slides around in a car this can cause problems, as you will hear interference whilst trying to listen to your songs. After the ipod is stable and configured with the radio, you will find fewer problems and it should be easy to listen to your music.
Music quality. The quality is generally good when the ipod is positioned correctly. It is not as good as CD quality, but the music sounds clear. It goes up to a high volume, maintaining good quality unlike some other gadgets on the market. The main advantage of this tool is that you can play all of the songs from your ipod with the click of a button, rather than having to change discs or put up with what the radio has to offer. Therefore, you can easily listen to 1000+ songs through your radio. One slightly trivial fault is that when travelling in the car, your itrip can suddenly pick up a local radio station. This means that you may have to re tune your radio several times whilst travelling. This can be irritating.
Value for money. The itrip's best feature is probably its value for money. At only around £15 it is a cheap option to allow you to play your ipod through speakers. It does a good job for the price.
Whilst this gadget has several faults and is not the best quality product on the market, it is a product which delivers good value for money. Therefore, if your looking for a way to play your ipod through your car or speakers at home at a low cost, with a decent quality this product is for you.