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medea
Jul 3, 2007, 08:31 PM
I had a transmitter from Kensington that I really liked which I used for my nano, it broadcasted the title information to the radio which was cool. Unfortunately it just broke, or I broke it, so I didn't get a chance to see if it would work with the iPhone. Has anyone tried any transmitters with the iPhone yet?
Ideally I'd like one that charges the phone as well.



markw10
Jul 3, 2007, 08:54 PM
Yes, i just tried my Griffin iTrip tonight and it didn't work. I'm hoping maybe there's a setting I can change and posted about it tonight.

Joshua8o8
Jul 5, 2007, 04:58 AM
I have a monster F.M. transmitter for my ipod which also charges. It how ever does not work for playing music thru the iphone, all it will do is charge the iphone. I was pretty dissappointed but hey, at least I still have a use for my ipod.

d5dq
Jul 6, 2007, 10:55 AM
It looks like Griffin is going to come out with something for the iPhone:

http://www.griffintechnology.com/devices/iphone/

yayaba
Jul 6, 2007, 01:05 PM
Guys, check out the Sosche FM Transmitter. I got mine a really long time ago from Walmart for $20. It's probably one of the better ones that I've used.

I was pleasantly surprised when I found out this morning that it works with my iPhone. It has an iPod charging cable so it'll charge at the same time as well.

Check out iPod Lounge as that's where I found out about it. There was a huge 50 page thread on it.

dannyallen34
Jul 6, 2007, 04:21 PM
It looks like Griffin is going to come out with something for the iPhone:

http://www.griffintechnology.com/devices/iphone/

Do you think that this solution will allow you to charge your iPhone while using it? I want to get a power adapter for my car (the Griffin one) and I hope that the mini-usb cord that comes with it will plug into the new iTrip.

medea
Jul 9, 2007, 10:18 AM
Usually those iTrips do not feature a charging cable but hopefully Griffin will realize that you really need to charge the iPhone while using it in our car since it's, you know, a phone.

I might end up just paying out to install an aux jack in my Jetta then use a regular charger.

fallingskye
Jul 9, 2007, 12:39 PM
I use the DLO Transpod and it works great with the iphone, charges it and plays music.

http://www.dlo.com/Products/TP_Prod.tpl?command=showpage&cart

skillz1318
Jul 9, 2007, 12:50 PM
my transpod was charging the iphone but not playing music...did you do anything different to get music to play?

fallingskye
Jul 9, 2007, 01:36 PM
my transpod was charging the iphone but not playing music...did you do anything different to get music to play?

The first time I plugged it in it did not play music, not sure if it was charging it or not, but I think it was. I believe it may have not been seated properly though because after that it has played music.

medea
Jul 9, 2007, 04:49 PM
I don't like how bulky the transpod is, and I'd like for DLo or whatever company to officially say the iPhone is supported before I buy the transmitter. I really hope a TuneStik comes out for the iPhone http://dlo.com/Products/tunestik_Prod.tpl?command=showpage&cart=118401759114953450

pairof9s
Aug 13, 2007, 07:28 PM
I use the DLO Transpod and it works great with the iphone, charges it and plays music.

http://www.dlo.com/Products/TP_Prod.tpl?command=showpage&cart

I purchased a DLO TransPod last week, and after I had updated the iPhone w/ Apple's 1.0.1 updater. Supposedly, one of the fixes the update provided was better compatibility w/ audio output on the iPhone.

That stated, my TransPod would indeed play music but with frequent, loud phone signal interference. The only way to alleviate it was to turn on the iPhone's Airplane Mode setting. But of course that prevents making or receiving phone calls. So it's either choose phone service or car music. For me, that's an absolute show stopper...just as well have a Nano for the car!

Took the TransPod back and tried both a MacAlly FMCup and a Belkin TuneFM, both of which had the same phone interference issues unless Airplane Mode is on. Seems Apple will need to provide further tweaks to the iPhone to resolve this issue for any FM transmitter.

/

Cleverboy
Aug 13, 2007, 07:44 PM
I have a monster F.M. transmitter for my ipod which also charges. It how ever does not work for playing music thru the iphone, all it will do is charge the iphone. I was pretty dissappointed but hey, at least I still have a use for my ipod.Josh... fooled you too, eh? Plug it in a few times and jiggle it. At first I thought my Monster FM car transmitter didn't work with my iPhone (it only charged it the first time I plugged it in), but after playing my iPhone on other iPod "audio output/charging" devices, I thought "this HAS to work"! I plugged and unplugged it, and something clicked and its been working ever since. Aside from the obligatory "Do you want to go into Airplane mode" question and occassional "interference" if airplane mode is NOT on, its great! I thought I'd have to go fishing for a new solution.

~ CB

Joshua8o8
Aug 13, 2007, 08:07 PM
haha... yea, when i plug it in absolutely nothing happens, it dosent ask if i want to go into airplane mode or anything. Also on monsters website it says the model i have is not iphone compatible. But i did read a post where, one guy said that his monster f.M. transmitter did not work with his iphone before the update, but after the update it did work. I can never seem to remember to try it out every time i get in my truck. I will have to try it out though, maybe a little later today. Ill post on my results tonight.

Joshua8o8
Aug 14, 2007, 04:17 AM
damn i forgot again!

Cleverboy
Aug 18, 2007, 10:22 AM
damn i forgot again!Me. The update has little if nothing to do with this. Trust me, you're just not doing it right. I'm handing my old iPod over to my sister, so I'm trying out old devices before sending them along. I thought my iTrip didn't work with my iPhone either. I forgot that it needed to be playing audio (the iPhone) before the LED would turn on. I started plugged my iTrip into my iPhone and nothing happened. I jiggled it, and I got the "This device not designed for the iPhone / Airport mode" requestor. I said "No". Still not LED on the iTrip, but the iPhone recognized it. I then went into an audiobook and played it... instantly, I get the LED and start picking the radio station I want it to play over. When the radio turns on, I get a surprise... the sound is GARBLED. It sounds sped up and garbagy. I wonder for a moment if that's the end of it. Then I unplug it, and plug it back in. Guess what, it worked PERFECTLY. Audio starts streaming over my aiwa on 98.1 FM. I try changing it to different stations, and everything just works. I even use the USB jack on the iTrip, and plug it in, and my Mac pulls off all my photos from the iPhone, while its playing over the radio.

HONESTLY, if your previous FM transmitter doesn't work with the iPhone, then you're not doing something right. That's it.
Also on monsters website it says the model i have is not iphone compatible. It doesn't... note that YOU said you didn't get a message box, but on the website it says different. It says:
http://www.monstercable.com/productdisplay.asp?pin=3029
Qiuck Tips: The following product will work with the iPhone, but with limited functionality, will only charge the iPhone. When the transmitter is connected, the iPhone will display a dialog box, that asks: would you like to turn on the Airline mode? Select Yes to assume functionality of the transmitter. I don't know if they're on crack, or subscribe to the diabolical reasoning I list below, but the device works FINE. Honestly, these companies are scrambling and putting up inaccurate info just to curb complaints or manage expectations. If you say "YES" to the dialog, you turn on airplane mode, and can't browse the web or get phone calls... but the sound transmits without occassional/limited interference. If you say "NO", the device will occassionally get a spurt of interference from the phone's GSM communications. For me, this is about every 15-30 minutes and lasts about 3 seconds or less (long enough for you to go, "what's that--, oh" and then its gone).

MADE FOR IPHONE - As far as I'm concerned, the only thing that means, is that the device will be better shielded to deal with issues concerning the GSM interference, and moreover you won't get that message warning you that the device wasn't made for the iPhone. It's better that they say its not iPhone compatible: 1.) They don't have to hear you complain about incoming/outgoing GSM interference. 2.) They get to sell you a new version.

My theory... I have no IDEA why the iPhone takes a little jiggling (unplug/replug/jiggle) to work with some of the old devices. My feeling is that the connectors need to be slightly "cleaner" with less oxidation related substances on them. Once there's better metal-to-metal contact (easiest way being to jiggle the male and female parts together... call it foreplay if you must), and its fine. Perhaps the iPod simply isn't as fussy about that.

Trust that you're just missing something and that I tell you the truth. I wouldn't be so definitive if I didn't have the device, go through the SAME misunderstanding, and prove the point multiple times for myself through practice (and not theory).

The only other explanation is to why my iCar Trip, iTrip (old one), or anything else works with my iPhone (and not someone else's)... is that I have some magical "gifted" iPhone that has amazing "compatibility" powers NO other iPhone possesses. --Now... I may well be whimsical and eccentric... but that's still a longshot for me. ;-)

~ CB

racemize
Aug 20, 2007, 02:48 PM
That's simply not true. I have an ipod device that does not work with the iPhone (old Pioneer connector cable), and numerous people have said that their devices didn't work until the update (e.g., the kensington FM transmitter).

Eric6014
Sep 14, 2008, 12:49 PM
maybe I just have no idea what I'm talking about, but it seems to me that the iphone should be able to transmit an fm signal with a software app rather than using external hardware. But then, I suppose apple would not let that happen anyway, or we would have seen it already. Anyone know if this is technically possible despite not being "possible" for other reasons?

reebzor
Sep 16, 2008, 08:40 AM
Griffin iTrip autopilot (http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/itripautopilot)

no other option needed. $60 (http://www.buy.com/prod/griffin-itrip-autopilot-fm-transmitter-3-x-fm-griffin-itrip-autopilot/q/loc/111/206761808.html)

Rayfire
Sep 16, 2008, 01:04 PM
I was wondering if anyone ever used/ordered this product? It's called the Fexii iPhone 3g FM transmitter (http://www.vavolo.com/productdetails.asp,mode,1,ProductID,4760,,.htm) and it's being sold at vavolo for only $30.

I'm looking for a FM transmitter that can work without a charger cord, simply just the transmitter itself connected to the iPhone and let it play songs through FM (more like rechargeable), then if I want to charge my iPhone I'll simply connect the charger cord to my cigarette lighter adapter inside the car. Is there any transmitters like that?

@reebzor,
Is the Griffin iTrip Autopilot like that? or does it work mainly if the charger cord is connected?

Emilysunny
Aug 11, 2010, 01:43 AM
I had a transmitter from Kensington that I really liked which I used for my nano, it broadcasted the title information to the radio which was cool. Unfortunately it just broke, or I broke it, so I didn't get a chance to see if it would work with the iPhone. Has anyone tried any transmitters with the iPhone yet?
Ideally I'd like one that charges the phone as well.

MY FM Transmitter is OK with me .I can use it to transmitte my cellphone's music through the car's stereo, home's stereo.I can also adjust the frequencies accurately and easily.

peteisanidiot
Aug 11, 2010, 08:14 AM
you can avoid fm transmitters on car systems without aux input with kits (got mine on ebay) that turn your cd changer control into a dock connector input. the result is perfect quality input and none of the headaches associated with transmitters.

mine is from www.usaspec.com.

The Big Al
Aug 11, 2010, 03:34 PM
you can avoid fm transmitters on car systems without aux input with kits (got mine on ebay) that turn your cd changer control into a dock connector input. the result is perfect quality input and none of the headaches associated with transmitters.

mine is from www.usaspec.com.



Wonder if this will work with an aftermarket stereo that is XM ready and has the aux inputs for that??

iBaloney
Aug 12, 2010, 12:58 AM
you can avoid fm transmitters on car systems without aux input with kits (got mine on ebay) that turn your cd changer control into a dock connector input. the result is perfect quality input and none of the headaches associated with transmitters.

mine is from www.usaspec.com.

this is exactly what ive been looking for!! how much was it? is it easy enough to do a DIY installation?

Rayfire
Aug 12, 2010, 02:52 AM
Wonder if this will work with an aftermarket stereo that is XM ready and has the aux inputs for that??
When I selected my car, there is an option for you to include a "factory satellite radio" so I'm guessing since I have an XM radio too, it should work for this one.

this is exactly what ive been looking for!! how much was it? is it easy enough to do a DIY installation?

Ditto! Can someone answer all the questions above from anyone who has this set-up?

EDIT: If I have time, I'll visit one of the local Car Toys to inquire about this product.

peteisanidiot
Aug 12, 2010, 08:30 AM
this is exactly what ive been looking for!! how much was it? is it easy enough to do a DIY installation?
depends how savvy you are. you'll need to pull your head unit and run some cables behind the dash or steering column.
Wonder if this will work with an aftermarket stereo that is XM ready and has the aux inputs for that??
probably. in theory the device should function with any input option. a catch may be that the factory head unit ffd/rwd/next/previous controls actually function as ipod controls when the head unit is fooled into thinking it is a cd changer, but i'm not sure if xm will afford the same options.
EDIT: If I have time, I'll visit one of the local Car Toys to inquire about this product.
from experience they will overcharge you if you purchase the unit from them. get the unit on ebay or through the manufacturer and have car toys install it. ...so far every time i have had installs done by them i've had to spend several hours fixing their work.

Rayfire
Aug 12, 2010, 11:42 PM
from experience they will overcharge you if you purchase the unit from them. get the unit on ebay or through the manufacturer and have car toys install it. ...so far every time i have had installs done by them i've had to spend several hours fixing their work.

Oh ok, good thing you said that, never got a chance to visit them anyway. So I found some at eBay and they're selling it at $139, then you just have bring it at Car Toys and pay some extra fee them to install it?

thedwolfe
Sep 4, 2010, 05:55 PM
I'm looking at the iTrip Auto SmartScan FM Transmitter and Car Charger to use with my ipod touch.

What's the latest. Does it work?

runnerdude
Nov 22, 2010, 01:01 AM
Try the CarFM from PDO www.pdostore.com

ac921ol
Feb 2, 2011, 12:22 AM
Anything for the iPhone 4?? Or should I just download a radio app.

jd369
Mar 8, 2011, 12:43 PM
Anything for the iPhone 4?? Or should I just download a radio app.

I am looking for something as well. Needs to have the hands free phone option. I have that carFM thing and its terrible. I am looking at the Griffin road trip but the reviews are mixed. Thanks.

Hervboo
Mar 9, 2011, 01:20 PM
I am looking for something as well. Needs to have the hands free phone option. I have that carFM thing and its terrible. I am looking at the Griffin road trip but the reviews are mixed. Thanks.

GOgroove FlexSMART X2....definitely one of the better fm transmitters I've tried. Hooks up to your iphone via Bluetooth and transmits to your car's stereo via fm frequency, so no need to actually connect the phone to any cables. It does include separate cables for charging if you need the juice however. Also has a microphone for hands free calling. Note, I believe you'll need to be on iOS 4.2 or above to use the fast forward and rewind functions on the GOgroove device.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16875991014