Griffin iFM Radio Receiver for iPhone and iPod (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Intuitive and hassle-free radio tuning for iPhone and iPod
- Users can save presets for favorite stations
- Use internationally; iFM uses your current location to determine which range of frequencies you need
- Control through your Multi-Touch display or Click Wheel interface
- iFM Controller app is a free download from the iTunes App Store
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iFM is a radio receiver that allows you to listen to FM radio through your iPhone or iPod. iFM works with Griffin's free downloadable iFM Controller software to provide an interactive FM radio tuner through the Multi-Touch display of your iPhone or iPod touch. Other iPod devices control iFM through their familiar Click Wheel and buttons. Use iFM Controller to tune in your favorite stations, and to save and recall presets. It's the intuitive, hassle-free way to play FM stereo on your iPhone or iPod.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.