Belkin: TuneCast Mobile FM Transmitter

Discussion in 'iPod Gear Discussion' started by iPodGear, Apr 14, 2005.

  1. iPodGear macrumors bot

    Apr 10, 2005
  2. Mudbug Administrator emeritus


    Jun 28, 2002
    North Central Colorado
    something I never understood with either this product or the tunecast II - if the whole idea is the eliminate wires and make it broadcast to a stereo without using a wired tape adapter, why put a wire on this? And to add to my mental stress about it, do they expect you to just let it dangle in the air behind/in front of the ipod when it's plugged in?

    I received one of these last year as a christmas present, and I took it back to the store unopened and traded for an iTrip. Same function, less clutter.
  3. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    I've got both the iTrip and the Tunecast II... but the iTrip is very very difficult to handle while driving... choosing a station is very awkward, and you can "lose" the setting. And... for a long drive, I've found that the station may drift.

    Buttons/digital display are much easier to use while on the road.
  4. Mudbug Administrator emeritus


    Jun 28, 2002
    North Central Colorado
    I'll totally agree about the buttons while driving bit - we've got a dlo transpod in our other car for my wife that's loads easier to set stations on. If you have the money, I'd suggest that route over either the tunecast or the itrip.
  5. emw macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
    This was just on my mind today. I bought an iTrip when I got my iPod 4 month ago, but didn't use it until the past couple of weeks (I use a cassette adapter in my car and direct audio-in for my minivan) while on the road. I must say that I was impressed with the clarity of the signal and the compact design, but was less than enthused with how channels are selected (or changed).

    That is, while traveling in both the Miami and Baltimore metro areas, I was able to find a channel to use without much difficulty, but I often like to just listen to all songs on shuffle mode. Unfortunately, this sometimes results in the iTrip being reset to a new channel since it relies upon a "song" to change channels.

    In this respect, having the device be controlled independently of your music selection would be nice.
  6. Claudia macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2004
    Santa Cruz, orginally from Los Angeles
    Does the Tunecast II offer memory and by that i mean, does it hold lets say four of your favorite stations in a memory bank so that you dont have to search?

    I used iCarPlay Wirelessly and i LOVED it but the downside is i can only play it in the car, I would like to find something that holds my favorite four stations in memory, and that i can play in the house using the stereo and in the car...any suggestions? or am i just too picky?
  7. Kid Red macrumors 65816

    Dec 14, 2001
    Not sure if all the same, but being a iPod newbie i picked up the DLO Transpod yesterday and you can barely hear it! It's clear, just distant and low volume. Like a high end cd boom box in the next room, you hear everything just not in your face and you can't feel any bass (I have a 10" sub -600 watts).

    I'm returning it and will try the iCarPlay. I'm in between getting a new car so I can't invest in a permanent solution yet.
  8. taeclee99 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2002
    Anywhere but here
  9. iEdd macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2005
    I have a tunecast II... I wish I didn't buy the piece of crap. lol
    It has no on/off button... Well that's handy, if it worked... To get it to turn on I have to take batteries in and out and all this other crap. Then it doesn't turn off... The batteries just drain for next time...
    The belkin car charger is good though..
    I would rather get a car with an audio in, too many other stations disrupt trying to transmitt stuff.
  10. valla macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2006
    FM transmitter for iPod shuffle

    Does anyone know if there are any FM transmitters out there for the iPod shuffle?
  11. bowens macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2006
    Trenton, FL
    Yes, you can save up to 4 of your stations.

    The Tunecast II has been good for me. But get the one with the power supply. There are two versions, this one which matches the shuffle, so I almost bought it. But it comes with no power supply. Then there is this one not as pretty but it comes with a power supply. Without the power supply the reception will be crap. I couldn't find the second on the walmart site just now but I bought it there just a few weeks ago. Buy it at Walmart. $33 compared to $53 at Best Buy.
  12. baleensavage macrumors 6502a

    Aug 2, 2005
    On an island in Maine
    You can use the Belkin TueCast with a shuffle as it works through the headphone jack. However I have one of these things that just recently died because the cable to connect it to the ipod got all frayed. They are a piece of junk. Also they suck batteries like there's no tomorrow. You can pay extra and buy a car charger for the thing, but then it becomes as expensive as the iPod shuffle itself. Oh and to turn the thing on you have to hold down both buttons for a few seconds beacuse it has no power button. Brilliant.

    I'm thinking of getting one of these to replace my tunecast
  13. KevKaos macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2006
    Baltimore, Maryland USA
    Is there anyone here who is using an FM transmitter on their iPod that lives and/or travels in a major metropolitan area and can recommend a unit that works well. I ask because I have had a Sirius sat radio for two years and my first unit was an Xact which had built in FM transmit and it work reasonably well. Recently, I moved up to the new Sportster 4 which also has an FM transmitter, but since the FCC regulated the makers so tightly, it was even usable here around Baltimore. I had to install an in-line FM modulator to get it to work. If there is a unti for the iPod that can cut through the channel clutter, I would rather do that than permanently hardwiring a solution. BTW I have a regular ole iPod video Gen 5. Thank you in advance.

    I thought this RoadTrip by Griffin looked interesting, but the reviews are a bit spotty.
  14. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2006
    i love my belkin tunecast 2. Transmits anything with a headphone port. And to the pesron who cant figure out how to work it, did you even read the manual? you just plug the thing in and it turns itself on. Take it out it turns off. Press both the buttons on the left for 3 secs it turns on same for turning it off.

    anyways i love within 10 feet it can overpower most stations and it can select any fm station not just presets.

    edit: you could just get one of these... [​IMG]
  15. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
  16. mattniles007 macrumors 6502


    Dec 4, 2005
    My friend had the iTrip and I agree it is very difficult. Led me to not buying one.
  17. Liverpool macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2006
    Itrip problem.Can you help?

    All of a sudden my car radio channels will not pick up the ipod through my itrip.I have tried a reset(including a soft reset with the itrip attached and I have also checked the volume and followed the intructions regarding itrip station selection.The LED light seems to do all the right things,but I am getting no sound.Can anybody help?
  18. flipper38 macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2006
    I've tried 2 transmitters and have had sound problems with both of them. I noticed that one brand (that I didn't buy), has separate versions for different cars - one European, the other American.

    Question is - Does what kind of car you have really affect performance?

    I have a VW and have tried the Belkin and iTrip for my Nano. OK results, but not super clear sound....

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