Belkin F8Z498 Tunecast Auto Live FM Transmitter and Charger for iPod/iPhone
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- iPod- & iPhone-compatible
- Only FM transmitter with GPS-assisted iPhone app for fastest FM station locator and best audio quality
- Belkin’s iPhone App allows the transmitter to be controlled directly from the iPhone; just like your music
- Charges through car’s 12-volt lighter outlet
- High-contrast LCD display for easy viewing
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Belkin Tunecast Auto Live FM Transmitter and Charger for iPod/iPhone (F8Z498)
From the Manufacturer
The TuneCast Auto Live from Belkin ensures optimal transmission of your iPhone or iPod music to your car's FM stereo--no matter where you're traveling. There's no need to fumble with your car's stereo buttons to find the best station--the TuneCast Auto Live puts the controls at your fingertips. It features a smart design that uses your iPhone's GPS system and location-based user feedback to give recommendations on the clearest FM stations, so you'll get high-quality music everywhere you go.
Control the TuneCast Auto Live directly from your iPhone's screen. View larger.
The TuneCast Auto Live makes listening to your iPhone music in your car easier than ever. With the help of iPhone's built-in GPS system, Belkin has developed an innovative way to quickly identify FM stations with the clearest audio transmissions.
To use TuneCast Auto Live, you will first need to download the free ClearScan Live app through iTunes and launch it from your iPhone. Then, with just a push of a button, you'll get reliable FM scanning technology and station recommendations from other TuneCast Auto Live users in your area. In fact, as you use different FM stations, ClearScan Live lets you rate how well they work, so you can contribute directly to the quality of ClearScan Live's recommendations.
Control TuneCast Auto Live with Your iPhone
There's no need to fumble with car stereo buttons or squint at hard-to-read displays--the TuneCast Auto Live lets you control the FM transmission of your music library directly from your iPhone's screen. For further convenience, the TuneCast Auto Live features its own high-contrast backlit display and features large tactile buttons for easy use.
Works with iPods
Don't worry if you don't have an iPhone--the TuneCast Auto Live also works with the iPod touch, nano, and classic. Although the GPS-assisted station locator won't work with the iPod, you'll still have access to ClearScan technology, which automatically scans for the best FM frequency without the need for an app. Just press the ClearScan button and adjust the stereo to the resulting station.
Programmable Stations and Charging Capability
The TuneCast Auto Live features two preset programmable buttons that allow you to store your preferred FM stations for frequently traveled routes. The device also features a dock connector that charges your iPhone or iPod, so you can keep your tunes playing without interruption on even the longest road trip. The dock connector draws power from your automobile's 12-volt lighter outlet.
Move Your Music From Car to Car
Take your favorite music along with you, even when you aren't in your own automobile. Since the TuneCast Auto Live doesn't require you to make any permanent connections in your car, it's easy to swap between vehicles. This makes the device a great choice for when you want to enjoy your digital music player in a leased or friend's automobile.
Fill out your music's high notes and bass for a rich sound with the TuneCast Auto Live's built-in PRO setting. This feature even boosts the volume of your digital music to better match the output of your car stereo, so your music will sound the way it's meant to.
About Belkin International, Inc.
Belkin offers a diverse product mix that provides people with seamless electronics integration in their homes, cars, and on the go. Founded in California in 1983, Belkin is a privately held company and the recognized leader in connectivity solutions, in addition to accessories for MP3 devices, computers, and more. We provide extensive solutions for networking, home theater-with our PureAV® line of cables, power, and digital wireless accessories-and many more categories.
Belkin's phenomenal growth has led to our expanding global presence. In addition to corporate headquarters in Los Angeles, we now have offices throughout Europe-in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Germany, among others-and in the Asia Pacific region, including Australia, Shanghai, and our regional headquarters in Hong Kong.
What's in the Box
TuneCast Auto Live and User Manual.
Top customer reviews
The transmitter is simple and ituitive. The only other solution for hooking up my iPhone in my car would be to have someone install a cable and that particular cable + labor for my car would mean spending over $300.00 This is a cheap solution and it works well. Surprisingly well.
Let's not misunderstand each other, this is not audiophile grade equipment. If you want top quality sound then you will have to look somewhere else. With that said this device really transmits a decent signal and I am delighted with the range of sound and the sound quality in general. I have used an iTrip in the past for my old iPod. The iTrip does not hold a candle to this thing when paired with my iPhone 4.
If you have a serious stereo system with subs and whatnot then I would not necessarily reccomend this product as I don't think it produces the full range of sound that your aftermarket stereo is capable of reproducing. Of course, if you bought aftermarket stereo gear then you ought to have invested in the right inputs...
If you are looking for a low cost solution to playing your iPod/iPhone in your car and your willing to trade off a bit (just a little bit)of range and quality (vs cd player, wired connection, etc.) then this may be exactly what you are looking for.
5 out of 5 stars for exceeding my expectations. would buy again.
Overall, it has sturdy construction, works well, although the search function doesn't exactly work as advertised. I have found two frequencies that I switch between, but understand I am in a metropolitan area and there is a lot of frequency static, so the search may work better in area with less frequency static.
Compared to the iTrip or to other transmitters, this one has enormous difficulties. I would tune to the same frequencies as before and get a lot of interference. Unless you're in a rural or semi-rural area, you might have trouble making use of this at all. The transmitters's signal seems to be very weak and subject to cut-ins by radio stations. Even on an "empty" frequency the Belkin would lose signal after a few minutes, sometimes without warning. I eventually gave up and went back to the broken iTrip.
Ease of use is the only reason it's getting two stars.
Most recent customer reviews
But otherwise the FM Transmiyyer was what I expected