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The iTrip is designed to broadcast to any empty FM frequency on the dial of any radio, at home or in your car.
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
What's in the Box
The iTrip white FM transmitter, an installation CD-ROM, and a user's manual.
My original classic still works, and I take it with me when traveling. Easy to use, and decent audio. Highly recommend.Published 22 months ago by Wolf Pup
This was my fault but, it does not work with my Ipod, which is an older Nano. I cannot vouch for how it works otherwise...Published on August 28, 2013 by Emily
Did not have good signal to listen to music clearly. Not user friendly to set up. I would not pay more than $7 for this product.Published on July 18, 2013 by Cristina
it does not fit all iphones this is for the old models.mailed it back I dont even no if I receive a refund.Published on February 12, 2013 by Damaris Ramos
i took a chance and bought one for use in my '00 mustang. no need to adjust anything (ie no adjustment with the antenna) - works absolutely 100% fantastic. Read morePublished on February 9, 2012 by James P Waters
I ordered this for my daughter. It arrived quickly and was exactly what she wanted. I got a great deal on this item. She can now listen to her iPod through the radio in her car. Read morePublished on December 20, 2011 by Angela Horton