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Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter for iPod mini; iPod classic 3G, 4G (White)


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  • Compatibility: iPod mini; iPod classic 3G, 4G
  • FM transmitter designed to play iPod 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
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Technical Details
Brand NameGriffin Technology
Item Weight1 pounds
Product Dimensions1.5 x 6 x 5.8 inches
Item model number4013-2TRIP
Number of Items1
  
Technical Specification
Additional Information
ASINB0000AAAPF
Best Sellers Rank #94,499 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableJune 13, 2006
  
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Product Description

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The iPod 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 speakers. Several companies, however, have sought to fill this void by releasing a product called an FM transmitter, which broadcasts iPod tunes through FM airwaves. Griffin Technology is among the category leaders with its iTrip, a discreet little device that fits unobtrusively on top of the iPod model. The iTrip 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.



The iTrip is designed to broadcast to any empty FM frequency on the dial of any radio, at home or in your car.
Design and Setup
The iPod 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 company has released several iTrips designed to match specific iPod models, and each is among the sleekest FM transmitters on the market. Plus, the device measures less than an inch tall and exactly as wide as the iPod it sits on, so it takes up almost no extra space--an important feature to people who value the iPod's portability. 

The iTrip 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 iPod (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 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 on three separate frequencies in a mid-size market with varying success. The sound was generally good in two of the frequencies, less so in the third. This remained true whether the iPod sat next to the radio, in the backseat, or under a stack of newspapers. While driving through bad FM reception areas, the iTrip received a bit of static, but it usually passed in a couple of seconds.

The iTrip 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--might instead want to add an auxiliary input to their car stereos to get the most from their iPods.

The main drawbacks to the iTrip 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 draws its power from the iPod battery. This is both a plus and a minus, because 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 or iPod mini through the cigarette lighter adapter while you drive. Third, the iTrip isn't great for long road trips through crowded regions, because the available FM frequencies might change every 40 or so miles (or less), making it necessary to frequently re-tune the iTrip. On the flip side, it's great for long drives through the country.

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

Pros

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

Cons

  • Sometimes requires frequent re-tuning to find the 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
The iTrip white FM transmitter, an installation CD-ROM, and a user's manual.

Product Description

The iTrip FM transmitter for the iPod can play your music through any FM radio in your car, at a party, wherever the mood strikes you--and you have a radio. It's clear that the iTrip is made specifically for the iPod. This gives iTrip advantages over similar devices. For example, with the iTrip, you can have the cleanest possible signal--because you can choose any radio station on the dial to tune for the best performance possible. You do this by 'playing' special station codes directly from the iPod itself. Another advantage of the iTrip is that it needs no batteries--it receives its tiny amount of power from the iPod. The original iTrip can even rotate out of the way to charge the iPod while still in use. No more batteries ever again. There's not even a power switch - just plug it in and go. It shuts off automatically after 60 seconds of silence--just like the iPod. The iTrip is the ultimate accessory for the iPod because it allows you to share the music and share the fun beyond your headphones.

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Customer Reviews

The sound quality is good...but not great.
Richard Susanto
The signal strength is not usually too strong, and has to compete with inescapable static and interferance, no matter what station it is set on.
Kirk Shelton
In the New York City area where I live, there is a radio station or very strong static on every single frequency.
Steven McIntyre

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

229 of 237 people found the following review helpful By T. Tom TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 1, 2003
If you have a cassette deck in your car, you don't need the iTrip, just get one of those cassette adapters and you are all set. But if you don't have a cassette deck in your car, the iTrip does what it's supposed to do fairly well. In the majority of cases, it works fine. Although you should be aware that this technology is not perfect. Depending on your location, you may occaisionally experience some static from a radio station that is near where you have the iTrip set to.
Also, the quality is limited to FM radio quality. It is not as good as what the iPod is capable of and certainly not CD quality. That said, the quality from the iTrip is quite listenable for the price when there is no static. In my area (which is a major metropolitan area), no matter what I do, I get some occaisional static depending on the time of day.
If your car stereo has a line input, that would the the ideal recommendation. Some radios nowadays even have a jack right on the front of the radio. If yours doesn't, perhaps it has line input jacks in the back of the unit and an installer can wire this up for you so you can access it and plug the iPod in to it.
Another better option than the iTrip is to have a car stereo shop install a wired FM modulator for you. The FM modulator is wired under your dash between your antenna and the radio and includes a jack for the iPod. This works virtually flawlessly, with no static and a much more powerful signal into the radio.
In all, I would recommend the iTrip for use in a rental car or a friend's car or if you will only use the iPod occaisionally in your car. If you drive a lot and use the iPod exclusively, it would definitely be worth it to invest in a wired option instead.
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188 of 227 people found the following review helpful By Shelley Gammon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 26, 2004
I already had an FM attachment for my iPod, but it was clumsy - it had an earphone jack, but was powered by batteries, which I had to replace way too often for a transmitter that had a very limited range (about 1 foot).

The iTrip looked perfect for my needs - self-powered by the iPod, and sexy-looking to boot.

The iTrip ships with a CD, which contains several dozen .mp3 files, one for each station/channel on broadcast FM. If you only use your iPod in one city, then you will rarely have to change stations, as the station that's "free" - ie, doesn't have a radio station broadcasting a signal on it, is unlikely to change that often - but if you go on a road trip, you may want to change the frequency once in a while.

The first time I tried out my iTrip, I went on a road trip from the Dallas area to Shreveport, Louisiana. I was taking the trip anyway, not just to test the iTrip! Anyway, I didn't think to create a play list just for the iTrip stations before I synched (it would have been nice if the documentation w/ the iTrip suggested this), so I had my iTrip on random/shuffle play on my whole library - lo and behold, it hits another frequency .mp3 and resets my ipod to a different station. There is no way to delete an item directly from the iPod w/o synching with a computer - so I was out of luck and had an extremely frustrating trip until I saw a Radio Shack on the way and bought one of those Cassette-Jack adapters. So, everytime one of the Griffin .mp3 files would come up on random shuffle, I'd hit the "next" arrow on the iPod to skip it - since it's obnoxiously loud.

Griffin had an excellent idea with this gizmo, but I doubt they did any field testing first, otherwise they would have rethought their approach.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Leon Stearns on November 9, 2005
This will not work with video iPod. The video iPod does not have the power source next to the audio out like all the other iPods. The video iPod only has the audio out (headphone jack).
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By James Colborn on January 3, 2004
I live in Cambridge MA and find the iTrip a worthy addition to my iPod arsenal. At first I had no luck with the iTrip, it was so hard to tune in that I almost gave up, but after waiting 6 months for delivery it was worth just that last ditch effort to get right.
For some reason 97.7 on any FM radio is the station to tune to and then let the iTrip find the best signal. I've had it with zero hiss for long journeys, such as Boston to New York and it's been fine the whole way. I've also used it in the UK (on the same 97.7 frequency) and has performed excellently there too. There are more radio stations than sense in Boston so I actually collapsed my arial on my car which makes it work better as the closest signal to the radio will always be the iPod.
Don't get your cell phone too close as the constant signal exchanges between phone and phone provider can be annoying and power lines make it sizzle sometimes. Overall I like the device and if you have multiple radios in your house it's great to carry music from one location to the other without having to take the disc or tape.
Thumbs up from me. 4 out of 5 just for the fact that it was really hard to get going and that my LED is red and not blue as the instruction manual states and as such I was convinced mine was broken from day one!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By CJVarady on January 13, 2004
I've seen the bad reviews and I've seen the raves on this. My opinion falls somewhere in the middle.
First off, let me debunk the positive rave reviews and/or Griffin Technology's description. This is not the coolest device on earth. It is merely an adequate means to listen to the songs on your iPod without wires.
I live in Detroit where there are many radio stations cluttering the frequencies. Griffin suggests the best reception and seperation is found in the middle of the dial (98-102-ish). Unfortunately, this is where most major markets have their stations. FM sound quality is substandard to begin with and the iTrip's sound quality is somewhere below FM quality. When I started on iTrip's default frequency(87.7 or 9) - I was supremely disappointed as the sound was a bit better than a transistor radio. However, going toward the bandwidth middle it gets better. I have to turn down the bass and increase the treble just to get decent sound. You also need to keep the iPod close to your head unit. Moving it a few feet gets me static.
Bottom line: If you're a sound afficionado - you'll hate this thing. If you realize that you can't expect greatness out of radio - this may suffice.
Despite the poor rating "rant" above, I realize what a nice "wonder" this thing really is and for the cost of a couple CD's, it is hard for me to hate this thing. If it cost a few bucks more, I'd probably hate it. I find it useful for previewing my latest downloads that I haven't had time to hear at home yet. Better yet, I use it at work on my desktop boombox (where sound quality isn't that great to begin with) and I'm quite pleased. I've yet to try it in less crowded radio markets and hope it will deliver better sound but I'll have to wait for that review.
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