47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2010
this product is even better than i thought! from the description it doesn't say that you can tune to specific stations (not just a list of ones that the device thinks you want to hear) i just hoped for the best when i ordered it. this means that i can use it at the gym to tune to the tvs and hear the sound. as far as i know this is the only product you can connect to an iphone/pod and do this. it does not have the iphone 4 listed as a compatible device but it works with mine. i highly recommend this product.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2010
I bought the iFM so that I could listen to the radio while walking. Sometimes my iPod touch 2nd gen. doesn't recognize the iFM when I plug it in. It could be due to bad connectors, but my iPod is not that old. The sound is really good when it comes in, but it's limited in range just like any other small radio without a good antenna. My biggest concern is the connector to the iPod. If you put it in your pocket, it can get disconnected very easily. I put it in my pocket and bumped something and the stiffness of the iFM connector broke off some of the plastic connected to the teeth in my iPod Power port. It ruined my power port. If you buy this item be careful not to bump the end of the iFM that is connected to your iPod. It can EASILY ruin the teeth in the port.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2011
I have tried chinese fm receivers for iphone/ipod and were just terrible, awful audio and lack of signal, also a bad design. BUT this one is another thing. First of all, it is Griffin, a wellknown brand. It is very portable and well designed, and it works fine. I have tried it with an iPod touch 4g and an iPhone 4
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2011
I use my iPod Touch 4th Generation with it. I'm happy with it, but for anyone looking to buy one, here's some need-to-know info:
You have to plug your headphones into it for it to play, the speakers and iPod headphone jack don't work with it. I can see why though, because the ear buds act as the antenna.
It does not come with headphones/earbuds. You will need to use your own.
You have to keep the app open for it to play (you can't switch between apps). This is my only real irritation with it, but whatever.
It does have a nice feature that tells the app not to sleep so that when you turn the screen off, it keeps playing.
It doesn't pick up AM radio (not that I expected it to).
The volume is (exclusively) controlled by the app.
You can bookmark several stations with it.
It doesn't feel delicate or flimsy. But it is light weight.
It lets you choose what region (type of FM signal) to receive. Not that I'm going to travel to another country anytime soon, but that's a neat feature.
People in other reviews complained that it bent the pins on the bottom of the iPod. I did notice that it's a very snug fit, but honestly I think if you're careful and gentle each time, it won't hurt anything. And there were complaints that it came out of the iPod easily... but like I said, it's snug. They must have really been using it rough because mine isn't coming out unless I really try to remove it with a firm tug.
Because the signal is picked up through the wires in your ear buds / headphones, the signal can fluctuate a little as you move about. Usually just a momentary change in volume.
It prompts you to download the needed app upon plugging it in.
Overall... I'd say it works fine and I've been enjoying it so far. My feelings about it are neutral- I wanted to have the ability to listen to FM radio on my iPod Touch, and it fits the bill. Nothing complicated. And I only paid around $17 for it, as opposed to its original going-price.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2011
Why Apple can't create a classic iPod with an embedded radio is beyond me (I know, I know, that's how they get you). But that's another review entirely.
Previously, I had only used the Apple FM receiver/remote for iPod. That lasted me about a year, perhaps a year and a half before it started cutting out, most likely due to damage to the wires/connection. It probably could have lasted a bit longer, but I'm kind of a klutz. Apple's radio remote did exactly what I wanted it to do, though the cord was unnecessarily long and I wouldn't value it at $50.
The Griffin iFM receiver does pretty much what the Apple radio remote did for less money and with a few subtle differences. There's no remote on the receiver, which I prefer (there's no real reason to have a remote if you can use your iPod to change stations). So the ease of use is the same, if not better, than Apple; you simply plug in the receiver and you have a radio. The cord is much shorter, too, so the iPod/receiver relationship is a bit more harmonious. The sound quality is great, and perhaps adds more subtlety in volume increments than the iPod itself.
There are only two drawbacks for me, which are closer to simple inconveniences than serious flaws. The first is that the Griffin receiver seriously drains the iPod's battery over the course of the day. I typically use the radio transmitter listen to news radio while I'm at work, which can be anywhere from 4 to 6 hours of listening time. With the Apple remote, I could use the radio for two days without recharging my iPod. With the Griffin remote, I find I have to charge my iPod to some extent every day in order to use it the next day (full disclosure: my iPod is about two years old). The second issue is also battery-related. It seems that as the iPod battery drains, the reception quality diminishes significantly. I didn't notice this with the Apple remote.
Overall, the Griffin remote is a more-affordable alternative to the Apple remote, although it's a bit of a moot point since Apple no longer makes the remote. That being said, if you're looking for a way to listen to the radio via a classic version of the iPod, I'd recommend getting Griffin's iFM receiver.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2011
Okay, in the beginning, the app for this receiver didn't have an update so that meant that I could not change the channels in the FM stations if I did not have WiFi. Now, after I re-downloaded the app with the update, I can definitely change the channel even if I don't have WiFi. I just hope now they can have an update where I can have the app running in the background while I open and play other apps at the same time. But this is s a really good app that I really needed and I am happy it didn't cost like $50 or more but it cost me $22.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2010
The radio tuner is just about average. My other MP3 player with a builtin tuner worked much better. I am guessing that it doesn't use the earphone wires as an antenna. The buttons on the standard iPhone earphones do not control volume or pause. You need to use the slider on the app. These controls also do not work if you leave the device attached and try to listen to music. Anytime the earphones are connected to the iFM, the remotes on the earphones do not work.
I found that about 30% of the time, my iPod (Touch 3rd Generation) would not initially recognize the device (some message that the iFM hardware was not compatible) and the app could not find the receiver. A cycle of: unplug/plug/power cycle the iPod would eventually get the two to talk.
If you are just using this to get basic FM reception of strong station signals and don't mind fiddling with the hardware to get it working, it's okay. Otherwise, look for something else.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2010
Not that the product didnt technically do exactly what it said it would, it the things it didnt say that made the product not meet my expectations and standard. iFM works OK if you ONLY want to listed to an FM station and do nothing else on your iPhone / iPod. The moment you switch away from the iFM app, the application stops and will not run in the background. Griffin states this is a limitation of the Apple iPhone OS. I am calling foul on this as the OS4 for the iPhone is predicated on multitasking. But who am I to tell Griffin they are not telling the whole truth. Secondly in the gym where I primarily planned to use this product, the FM reception was below average with static of many of the stations. My gym has a bank of TVs with each station's audio being piped to an FM station. So signal strength should not be an issue becuase of the closed confined area. Overall, I am sadily dissappointed with the design and overall function of the product. It left so much to be desired for. Not my normal opinion of Griffin products.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2011
I bought it primarily for the use in a gym. Its reception is much worse than my old coby AM/FM radio CX-9. Sounds are good for some channels but bad for others. I tried it in different locations of the gym. There are always noises with most channels.
Also, It doesn't work well with iPhone 4 (my firmware version is 4.3). It works for some minutes (about 5-15) and then gets disconnected. Then, I have to disconnect first and then reconnect it to iPhone. It's very annoying.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2011
The Griffin iFM radio receiver is exactly what we hoped for. My wife uses it almost daily while she's at the fitness center. The receiver is small and light-weight, but delivers crisp, clear reception. I downloaded the free app from iTunes. The software in the app controls the use of the receiver. We've used it with two generations of iPod Touch (3G & 4G) and had no glitches with the app or with the receiver. You can use any headphones or ear buds that have the appropriate size jack. We are very pleased with this product.