FM Transmitter for iPod

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  1. iEric macrumors 6502a

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    Does anyone have one of these? How's the quality? Is it good (like from a burned-CD) or is it bad (like trying to listen to a radio station with bad reception)?

    If you have one, please specify which one you have too.

    Thank you :)
     
  2. MacBoyX macrumors 6502

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    Griffin iTrip.

    Sounds like an FM Station. Can go in and out with reception.

    It's an FM Transmitter after all..don't expect anything near CD quality. If you don't have a tape deck and you want to broadcast your tunes...it's AWESOME.

    I recommend the iTrip because it has better features than the TuneCast.

    It actually has SW that tunes into a station and locks it in and it allows for Any station on the dial to be ur station not just 2 like the belkin tunecast.

    MacBoyX
     
  3. pduck macrumors newbie

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    I have an FM transmitter made by C. Crane that works very well. So far, I only use it connected to my desktop to transmit to my stereo and bedside clock radio. It can be powered by either batteries or AC adapter. You can set the FM frequency anywhere so you have more flexiblity. www.ccrane.com
     
  4. TEG macrumors 604

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    I use an iRock for my CD player, and plan to use it with my iPod when I get it, until the new 3G iTrip is available. It gets great reception, runs on two AAA, but I have some problems when using it at work. My iEar recieves some distortions, and some times I have to sit a certain way to get a good signal. In the car though, its my only option and sounds better than most FM stations, it even transfers the BASS I have programed in iTunes well, and works great when watching a movie in the ferry line.

    TEG
     
  5. iEric thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    like the problem is that there are so many on ebay. Can someone find one that is good and at a decent price?

    The iTrip looks very compact and very nice, but is it difficult to use? Cause I'm reading something and it sounds so complicated..I have to install stuff and then make stations or something? :confused: or more playlists??
     
  6. makkystyle macrumors regular

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    yes you do have to install some software to use iTrip, but it is far from complicated. You should be able to install and familiarize yourself with the whole system of switching radio frequencies within about five minutes. The great thing about the iTrip is that you have to install software because this allows you complete freedom to choose an unused frequency. Again, it is very easy to use.
     
  7. iEric thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ooh okay...but what about this i read about something that you have to create playlists or something??
     
  8. applefan macrumors regular

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    iEric
    I had an iTrip for a while. The set-up wasn't hard, but using your scale, it was never good and it was often bad. The problems may have been specific to my geography and the distances i'd cover in a day. I eventually returned it and forfeited a 10% restocking fee, good riddance to it. It drove me nuts, always looking for a clear channel.
     
  9. ibookin' macrumors 65816

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    I have a friend who has an iTrip, and I have a Tunecast that I bought from my friend for $10. The Tunecast works well at my house, where there is little radio reception, but does not work well other places. The iTrip is not all that hot either here in L.A., since most of the airwaves are taken. The Tunecast was fine for $10, but not worth the price that was originally paid for it (~$30).
     
  10. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

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    I've got a Belkin transmitter. I would rather have an iTrip but at the time I got this they weren't out for the new iPods. When it's sounding good the quality is like listening to FM radio. When it's bad it's bad. You can only chose from 4 frequencies (88.3, 88.5, 88.7, 88.9) so if you live in a big city you probably already have stations broadcasting on those frequencies which will give you interference. It also sometimes produces a loud whine that you can't get rid of.
     
  11. jimthorn macrumors 6502a

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    They still aren't out. Griffin says they're having supply issues with one of the components. :(
     
  12. Catt macrumors member

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    The iTrip is illegal in the UK and many other European countries.
     
  13. richt macrumors newbie

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    I understand the U.K. has banned iTrip. Does anyone know which other countries have or may ban iTrip or like devices? Japan?

    thanks
     
  14. Catt macrumors member

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    Iceland has either banned it or is going to.

    edit: and so has Austria
     
  15. iEric thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  16. idea_hamster macrumors 65816

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    The "Wireless Telegraphy Act of 1949" forbids the use of radio equipment without a licence or an exemption. It seems that the government has decided that this falls in that ban.

    The article I read is here, at bbc.co.uk.
     
  17. Catt macrumors member

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    Bascially it counts as running your own pirate radio station.
    It doesn't bother me that its been banned because I have no need of an iTrip but I'm sure its really annoyed many people, not least the manufacturer- who could make a fair bit of cash from the UK and other European markets.
     
  18. iEric thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Does anyone know when about the iTrip for the 3rd gen iPods will come out? I dont want to wait :(
     

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