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Griffin 9781-TRP30BK iTrip FM Transmitter with Dock Connector for iPod (Black)

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  • Turns your car stereo into an iPod broadcaster
  • Clear LCD screen makes tuner setting a snap
  • Station setting memory eliminates fuss
  • Requires no batteries, draws its power directly from the iPod
  • Compatibility: iPod nano (1G and 2G), iPod mini, 3G iPod, 4G iPod with click wheel, iPod Color, iPod Video,iPod Touch
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Technical Details
Brand NameGriffin Technology
Item Weight1 ounces
Product Dimensions2.4 x 0.9 x 1.4 inches
Item model number9781-TRP30BK-2
Number of Items1
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #210,066 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableJuly 7, 2004

Product Description

The Griffin Technology 9781-TRP30BK iTrip FM Transmitter with LCD and Dock Connector for iPod lets you avoid the hassle of bad reception and bad music on your car's radio by transmitting your iPod's music directly to your FM radio. iTrip features a clear, backlit LCD screen that makes setting the digital tuner easy and intuitive. A switch on iTrip's side controls the broadcast frequency, but with iTrip's memory of broadcast settings, you might find yourself not changing the frequency often. The selectable LX or DX modes ensure optimal reception levels and cut background noise that would disturb your listening pleasure. It all comes in a compact, self-contained design that helps you control iTrip when you're busy coping with traffic.

iPod Compatibility
iPod nano 1G, iPod nano 2G, iPod mini, iPod 3G, iPod 4G (Clickwheel), iPod Color, iPod 5G/5.5G Video

Product Description

Griffin iTrip Black LCD Dock ConnectNow compatible with all full sized dock connector iPods, including the very newest ones, the new iTrip follows in the tradition of Griffin's iTrip line, with superior performance and innovative features that make the iTrip the most popular iPod FM transmitter in the world.The large, easy to read backlit LCD screenmakes setting its digitaltuner easy and intuitive. A convenient switch on the side of the iTrip makes it a breeze to select a broadcast frequency.But you would not have to adjust the settings very often -- iTrip remembers its settings for convenience. The compact, self-contained design makes controlling iTrip a snap, perfect for use in autos.One of iTrip's innovative new features (something not found on anyother FM transmitter) is selectable LX or DX modes of broadcasting,which allow you to adjust for the absolute best possible audio under real-world conditions. Even in large cities with lots of radio stations crowding the dial,iTrip's DX Mode delivers a background noise levelbelow that of a cassette tape adapter, allowing the music to punch through cleanly. The results arestunning.Another innovative feature gives you the ability to set the iTrip to either US or International tuning modes. International mode allows access to lower frequencies. US mode limits tuning to those frequencies relevant to US stations. The result: no unnecessary scrolling through channels.iTrip requires no batteries, drawing its power directly from the iPod, so there's never a power issue to silence your tunes.

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Customer Reviews

As far as the sound, it works pretty decent. I listen to a lot of metal and I notice that I cant hear the rhythm guitar playing sometimes, it gets kinda muted. Read more ›
So, with that out of the way, it works great. The sound quality is awesome, it's easy to use, and it's lasted 2 years without fail. Read more ›
I am very happy with my i-Trip. It works fine and the sound quality is great; although not as great as a direct connect system. My only complaint is, if you are using it on… Read more ›
Upon removing it from the package and without any instructions, I was able to play my iPod through…The sound is great, better than most of the stations that come through. Read more ›
Very easy to use, BUT the sound quality is so bad that I can't listen to anything louder than Easy Listening. I wish I had my old FM transmitter back. Read more ›
booyah! the quality is awesome. can't tell the difference from the cd. Read more ›
Overall it is a good product to take with you everywhere, you dont need cables and the quality is good, but you have to put it very…For the price it is an excelent ITEM. Read more ›
I own this for my ipod touch and i havent tested it in my car yet,…The sound quality is good for the price you pay, and the fact that you can change frequencies is a plus. Read more ›
If you have no obstructions between this and the antenna, you…I would recommend this regardless because of the low price and the fact that it works fine 80-90% of the time Read more ›
I was woefully disappointed. For the huge price I would have expected something much better. Read more ›
Overall no issues, great product, great price, SUPER QUICK DELIVERY, super excited to play my ipod in the car - house and everywhere! Read more ›
I would recommend it. Plus the price was better than any other for sale. Read more ›
When you plug it in to your ipod, you will notice that it is wobbly and very loose. Horrible product design on their part for that. Read more ›
I will say this however, Griffin was lights out with the customer service about sending me a newer iTrip model. I think they realize that this was a poor design. It's kinda… Read more ›
I bought this device because I was impressed by its compact design. However I had a huge disappointment when I tested it in my car. Read more ›
After much searching and studying, I purchased the iTrip. Its simple, sleek design fits perfectly with the 3rd Gen. iPod and the reception is much better than I had expected. Read more ›
Ergonomics are simple, and well designed. The side button pushes up or down like a toggle switch, and pressing the dial in toward the unit allow you to change between dx… Read more ›
A direct link is better, but if that's not an option, this will work. Nice, compact design from one of the accessory originators-- Griffin. Read more ›
So that was ridiculous. Keeping one hand on my ipod as well as listening to it loudly, are not safe things to do while driving, not to mention inconvenient and unnecessary. T… Read more ›
I also have the charger version, and it too suffers from weak signal, and must…Both have terrible volume, and the ipod/radio must be maxed out to get any kind of enjoyment. Read more ›
It is…The audio quality is pretty bad as well, this may be due to the limited power but basically I had to turn your radio up to full volume for most songs encoded at 192. Read more ›
You can move your…In addition, because it doesn't need to be connected to the lighter, there is no interferce with the controls of the car and the iPod is easy to control. Read more ›
Finally, purchase this with the Powerjolt and you've spent the same as either of the above and can charge your iPod at the same time; except with a cable to keep the iPod… Read more ›
when I can't find my usb plug I still use this thing, it's really easy to set up and strangely enough no static Read more ›
If you are looking for an easy to use FM…Good range, comfortable, easy to set up and it does not kill the battery faster than just using the iPod with your earphones. G… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

83 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Ben Jammin (Isaac) on January 15, 2007
First, and foremost, we are talking about FM transmitters. Therefore, nothing will sound like CD sound or direct cable connections when it comes to music quality. You will lose some highs, and you will lose some lows, and you will have nowhere near great quality. That being said, sometimes there are no alternatives, and some transmitters can get the job done. In addition, I have owned and tested all of the following transmitters, to which I will review for you now to save you the time and money. A note: I have 2 vehicles, a SUV and a Saturn.

First up: Belkin Tunebase

I bought this after my Roadtrip base was stolen with my iPod, and I thought I would try an alternative. I liked the flexible connector in my SUV to allow reaching of all controls. However, it was disastrous in my Saturn, only preferring 1 position - lying down. It is a pain to control the iPod when driving in either vehicle, as the flexible arm gave too much in order to advance unwanted songs or control the iPod in general. Although a wider range of highs and lows was evident, the strength of output of this device is way too low; easily outcompted by either of the following transmitters. In the SUV, it is very good at broadcasting and being received by the radio. However, in the Saturn, it was an absolute disaster. I am transmitting on a completely free channel, and in my Saturn I got feedback from the background radio hiss! I even had the hiss increase in tune with the windshield wipers! How awful. This is not a bad transmitter in a larger vehicle, like my SUV, but in a small vehicle, you don't want to risk it. Finally, you can't disconnect the transmitter like the Griffin items. So, it's use in your car, or don't use at all.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Angel on March 22, 2006
Don't buy this or any other FM transmitter expecting excellent reception and sound quality. I think the technology itself just has some limitations, such as occasional interference and decreased sound quality. But if you are OK with those limitations, then I think this is the best product of its type.

What was important to me in looking for a transmitter was (1) that it be compact and easy to carry around (2) that I COULD charge my iPod while using it and (3) that I didn't HAVE to charge my iPod while using it. I saw some transmitter units that were also charging stations, like the RoadTrip, but with those you can't use the transmitter separate from the charging station. Then there is the corded inline iTrip that has the transmitter stuck halfway down the charger cord, and those also don't work unless the charger is plugged in. Then there's this unit, which plugs into the docking port and draws power from the iPod, and therefore you can use it without having anything plugged in. But I almost didn't buy it, because I hated the fact that, if my iPod battery was low, I'd have to disconnect the iTrip, plug in a car charger, wait for it to charge (not being able to use the iTrip in the meantime), etc.

BUT HERE'S THE ONE THING NO ONE TELLS YOU. IT'S NOT IN ANY PRODUCT DESCRIPTION OR EVEN ON THE PRODUCT PAGE ON GRIFFIN'S WEBSITE!!! You CAN charge your iPod while still using this iTrip. On the bottom of the iTrip is a 5-pin mini USB port. So, you can get Griffin's PowerJolt charger, which has a USB port on it, and get a USB A to 5-pin mini B cable, plug it into the iTrip, and you're charging your iPod while still using the iTrip. So you get the best of both worlds...
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58 of 68 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Schlatter on January 25, 2006
I bought this at Best Buy for ~$50 for an iPOD Video expecting the same performance I got out of the iTrip that plugs into the headset jack. I tested it in the house on the home stereo. It worked great while the transmitter was <1 foot away from the FM antenna. At 2 feet there was noticeable static. Anything over 4 feet away was ALL static. When I returned it to the store the salesman said they had only been selling them for a week and had already gotten almost all of them back on returns for the same problem.

Summary: Terrible product!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Sutherland on January 25, 2006
I bought this at Best Buy for about fifty bucks. Works great. Sound quality is clear, but you do have to turn the volume up a fair amount. Other than turning up the volume more than usual I can't complain. When you turn the volume up it doesn't affect the sound too much. It's by no means something you, or your friends would notice right, it's definitely not bad. You could buy this one or get the "car audio kit" that costs more. But, for me this works fine. I just need to find a cheap car charger now. It's really not as bad as the other people are complaining. This is actually the newer generation that does fit all ipods.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By W. Fletcher on February 18, 2007
A colleague was talking postively about his experience with itrip. I was inspired and decided to get one. When I looked at all the reviews here on amazon I was quite concerned.

However, based on my colleagues experience I decided to go ahead and give it a try.

I have found the device excellent.

I've used it in two cars. I have each car preset to the frequency I've selected. I selected the best frequency by cycling through all frequencies in the car that had the best radio reception for a frequency that had a significant gap each side.

I have had no problems with the itrip. The flexibility to be able to tune it to any frequency is great and the mini USB port to allow me to charge it from my car charger is an added bonus.

My daughter is able to sit in the back seat of the car and act as DJ without any problems.

I should mention I live in Sydney/Australia not the USA and our population is about 4.3 million.

Reading many poor reviews on this site I noticed a lot of people complained about static and the ability to tune it to a frequency that received well. I have had no negative results in this area.

A lot of people also complained about how it sucks battery power. I wasn't even worried about this because the box indicates that it has a mini USB socket for charging. I have used this and it's great. But last time when my daughter was playing DJ from the back seat it was just running off the ipod battery and it seemed fine. However, I am quite happy to plug it into the charger.

I've experimented walking away from the car to see how far away I could get and I found that the distance was enough to give me absolute confidence that it will continue to work well in our car.
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