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Griffin iTrip Mini FM Transmitter for iPod Mini

Griffin iTrip Mini FM Transmitter for iPod Mini

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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • FM transmitter designed to play iPod mini music through FM radios
  • Tunes to any FM frequency for the best possible performance
  • Battery-free design receives power from iPod itself
  • Sleek, attractive housing fits seamlessly on top of iPod mini

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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameGriffin Technology
Item Weight5.6 ounces
Product Dimensions7.1 x 6.8 x 2.3 inches
Item model number4025-MINI
Operating SystemN/A
Number of Items1
Technical Specification
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #194,832 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight5.6 ounces
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableApril 5, 2006
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Product Description

Product Description

Share your iPod mini MP3 collection with the world using the Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter that lets you play your iPod through any FM radio. The transmitter tunes to any FM frequency for the best possible performance and the battery-free design receives power directly from your iPod. It's great for listening to your iPod in the car. Includes CD-ROM and Quick Start Guide.


Amazon.com Review The iPod mini has helped revolutionize the way people store and listen to music, but it's not particularly car-friendly. Unless your car stereo includes a cassette deck (increasingly rare) or an auxiliary input (more common among newer stereos) combined with the appropriate adapter, you simply haven't had the means to play your extensive iPod library through your car's speakers. Several companies, however, have sought to fill this void by releasing a product called an FM transmitter, which broadcasts iPod tunes via the FM airwaves. Griffin Technology is among the category leaders with its iTrip mini, a discreet little device that fits unobtrusively on top of the iPod mini. The iTrip mini isn't confined to car stereos--it plays on almost any FM radio--but because most home stereos and boomboxes have auxiliary inputs, it's most popular as a car accessory.

Design and Setup
The iPod mini is loaded with impressive features, but it's also an Apple product, which means that looks matter. A lot. And Griffin clearly recognizes this, because the iTrip mini is sleek and complementary. It's built to fit into the iPod mini's headphone and remote ports, from where its all-white body looks like an extension of the mini itself. Plus, the device measures less than an inch tall and exactly as wide as the mini, so it takes up almost no extra space--an important feature to people who value the mini's portability. The iTrip mini also works when plugged into full-sized iPods with dock connectors, but it doesn't fit as well shape-wise. Owners of full-sized iPods can buy alternate iTrips designed with their players in mind, including iTrips for 1G and 2G FireWire iPods, 3G and 4G iPods with dock connectors, and special-edition black iPods.

The iTrip mini is designed to broadcast to any empty FM frequency on your dial--depending on where you receive the best reception--but it's only configured to play at 87.9 MHz right out of the box. That means a little setup is required using the included CD-ROM and iTunes. Fortunately, the installation is painless and takes only a few minutes. The installer adds a playlist to your mini (through iTunes) called iTrip Stations, which consists of a series of short audio files that correspond with all available FM frequencies.

Features and Performance
The iTrip mini performs best when tuned to an FM frequency that plays nothing but static, with no audible words or music. Finding a good frequency is fairly easy, but it requires your full attention, so it's best to do so while parked. We tested the iTrip mini on three separate frequencies in a midsize market with varying success. The sound was generally good in two of the frequencies, less so in the third. This remained true whether the device sat next to the radio, in the backseat, or under a stack of newspapers. While driving through bad FM reception areas, the iTrip mini received a bit of static, but it usually passed in a couple of seconds.

The iTrip mini is designed more for convenience than elite audio performance, so listeners shouldn't expect CD-quality sound. When tuned to a clear frequency, it's about on par with the average FM station. If the volume is turned high, users might notice a slight hiss through the speakers, but engine hum and road noise will generally cover that up. However, listeners who value top-quality sound--especially people with expensive speaker systems that pick up every minor flaw--may instead want to add an auxiliary input to their car stereos to get the most from their iPod minis.

The main drawbacks to the iTrip mini are fairly minor, but will bother some users. First, the iTrip Stations playlist is stored as part of your overall music library, meaning the individual audio files can emerge during shuffle play--and the sound isn't pleasant. Listeners can remedy this by creating a new playlist with their entire music libraries minus the iTrip Stations files. Second, the iTrip mini draws its power from the iPod mini battery. This is actually both a plus and a minus, as it means you don't need to keep buying new AAA batteries every week, but you also won't receive as much power from each iPod charge. If this bothers you, consider purchasing an auto charger, which powers your iPod mini through the cigarette lighter adapter while you drive. Third, the iTrip mini isn't great for long road trips through crowded regions, because the available FM frequencies may change every 40 or so miles (or less), making it necessary to frequently retune the iTrip mini. On the flip side, it's great for long drives through the country.

Ultimately, the iTrip mini is a good value. The convenience will please iPod fans that have been clamoring for a way to play their music in the car. Audiophiles may want to look elsewhere, but most other listeners should be satisfied. --Rivers Janssen


  • Makes iPod music library accessible to anyone with an FM radio
  • Sleek design fits iPod mini perfectly
  • Simple, easy-to-follow controls using mini's click wheel
  • Sound quality is solid, though not terrific


  • Sometimes requires frequent retuning to find best FM frequency
  • Hard to find good frequency in crowded urban areas
  • iTrip audio files emit unpleasant noise when chosen for shuffle play, though problem is fixable

What's in the Box
iTrip mini FM transmitter, installation CD-ROM, user's manual.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
171 of 182 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I WANT to like it... but... August 12, 2004
By A
The itrip mini does what it advertizes: fits the sleek lines of the mini ipod without adding much bulk at all, and transmits your tunes to a radio tuned to frequency (defaults to 87.9, but you can adjust that by installing the simple software provided with the itrip).

Living in LA, there are VERY limited options insofar as stations not in use. 87.9 is actually one of the few options. The sound quality was awful. I tried using this device in my car, in my room, in my home stereo - all with the same lousy results.

I should have listened to the advice of the salesperson at the Apple store and gotten the cassette device to play my ipod music on other sound systems.

Bottomline: it works, but sounds like music playing on a radio station that doesn't quite come in clearly - static. Poor volume, and very poor sound quality.
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful
Having gone through several iterations, I have found that the iTrip mini is simply and clearly the superior method (for me) to listen to my iPod mini over my car's radio. In my mind, this is a must have accessory for your iPod Mini.

Let me start with my setup: I have an XM Radio setup and the iPod mini in my VW Jetta. Cup holders are located just above the radio location in the Jetta and both the XM and the iPod sit in their respective Belkin Tunedocks which are seated in the cup holders.

Initially, I used a Belkin Tunecast to broadcast the iPod signal to the radio. It was fairly miserable at accomplishing this task. Actually, it was awful - and could not even overcome weak signals from adjacent stations. Plus, the battery life was not very good and the little power cord kept getting disconnected. Enter the cassette solution - which I used with a y-adaptor to hook in both my XM SkyFi and iPod. This worked well - but I had cords everywhere and it was a bit annoying - but the sound quality was a ridiculously big improvement. Then I got the XM MyFi for Christmas - which has an internal FM transmitter - so I figured I would go completely wireless and picked up the iTrip Mini.

For me, the iTrip has been flawless - is the sound quality amazing? No. However, the volume out level is good (don't crank up the iPod volume all the way - you don't need to and it overmodulates and distorts the sound if you do) and I don't get static or fading or any problems like that. I have never had to add in the other stations - I always keep it on 87.9. I have heard that other stations in the middle of the FM band might provide better quality, but I'm playing this over a Jetta's factory radio - so I figure the incremental benefit is probably not there.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple & Elegant Solution March 24, 2005
Looked at a couple of options for using the iPod in the car. Like the fact that there are no extra wires, just pop the iTrip on top of the mini and you're good to go. Very handy for us with two cars; can use our iPods without carting wires/plugs/etc between cars. The iTrip just uses the iPod's battery. Total run time seems about half - down to 3 or 4 hours.

Start up is amazingly easy, just unbox and attach to your mini, tune your radio to the default 87.9, and that's it. There's software included that interfaces through iTunes that lets you tune to different frequencies and also turn off the LED (to save power), but we haven't needed it since the default frequency is empty.

Also make sure to keep the volume in the range that Belkin suggests; over 70-80 percent of your iPod's volume and your tunes start to distort; so turn up the volume on your car stereo, not on your iPod. 80% is about the same loudness as typical radio broadcasts, so when you switch between your iPod and other stations, you won't get blasted out.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I Soooo Wanted to Like It December 10, 2004
I really, really wanted to like this product. I read all the reviews before buying and thought I'd take my chances despite numerous complaints about static and interference in metropolitan areas. But my experience has been just the same.

I downloaded the frequency finder and tried every station recommended for the NYC area. Still, the sound quality was mediocre at best - no where NEAR the fidelity of a normal FM station.

Went out yesterday and bought an RCA "Y" adapter and now use that instead.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product and price November 23, 2005
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I have a lot of "windshield time" and one of the main reasons I purchased an iPod was to use for books I download from Audible.com (I was tired of burning 10-20 CD's per book), as well as giving me the capability to download music from iTunes. No, it doesn't sound like my Infinity speakers at home, but (1) I didn't expect it to, and (2) the sound quality is surprisingly very good for the most part with both books and music. There is only one city that I travel to/through where I get a little interference with the FM setting at 87.9, but 90% of the time it is not a problem. The Griffin iTrip Mini does a terrific job for a superb price and I highly recommend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it! October 22, 2004
I use this to listen to Audible books while driving to and from work and it is amazing! I live in an area that gives me a good number of options for frequncy settings. If you download iTrip Station Finder from [...] you will note that some larger metropolitan areas will have very few frequencies available. But think about it: no FM transmitting device would address that issue. Try the cassette device instead. I also noticed that stations that were available on my stereo receiver were not available in my car. Perhaps my car antenna is more powerful.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful addition. Works very well.
Published 1 month ago by Frank W. Bean
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Poor audio quality
Published 4 months ago by Gustavo Cabral
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Poor reception
Published 7 months ago by Dhick5223
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My wife and daughter used it and never had a complaint.
Published 7 months ago by Mike G
4.0 out of 5 stars Speedy delivery Nice and Clean
I got this Item in 3 days it was nice and clean works great. The Itrip was in its original package and had all the instructions in great shape.
Published on October 19, 2012 by dis1gurl
3.0 out of 5 stars Think RADIO not iPOD
OK, it took me a while to fully appreciate this, but here is the fundamental problem with all these gizmos that allow the iPod to go through a radio. Read more
Published on May 20, 2011 by Charles O'Meara
1.0 out of 5 stars Griffin iTrip is a waste of money
Before I purchased this item, I knew it was probably too good to be true. The FM transmitter looked really cool because it integrated with my iPod mini so well aesthetically. Read more
Published on December 13, 2010 by REOW1978
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product
If you have an old mini and want to play music in your car, then grab one. Works great!
Published on February 17, 2010 by Rod T.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good FM xmitter, works well with Mini
FM transmitters do not have the same sound quality as a LINE IN jack, or even a cassette adapter. They usually vary between "terrible" and "acceptable". Read more
Published on January 25, 2010 by FraterMus
1.0 out of 5 stars lousy.....
I could not get it to work at all !

So i went to the shop "Five and below" and bought one for 5 bucks which works great
Published on December 28, 2009 by R. Vaz
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