Griffin Technology: iTrip


macrumors newbie
Nov 6, 2004
I bought an iTrip at Target recently, and much to my disappointment, I've not had that many chances to use it. I can't really get the hang of it, and I can never get it to go through to the radio (Okay, maybe once, but that was in the country.) It might be because all the frequencies are taken up by radio sations already, because I sure can't find an empty one. If this problem was removed, then surely it would be a top notch product.


macrumors 604
Jan 20, 2005
Tell us how you really feel. I bought one. Hardly use it because I just rather burn my favorite songs on MP3 CD anyways and listen directly from the car stereo. And if you decide to buy one, you really have to buy the more expensive ones where you can change the frequency on the unit itself, without going into the whole iPod playlist thingie.


macrumors G3
May 25, 2004
i love my itrip i only use when driving boston to NY. it never goes out execpt for sometimes when i hit providence RI. It works well also around my school and at home.


macrumors 601
Jan 14, 2002
totally cool
i have the iTrip and it works fine for me because i'm not near a dense radio station area. I took it to San Francisco and tried it and it was basically useless. If you are near a city center dont bother with it. Use a direct cable to the stereo.

mad jew

Moderator emeritus
Apr 3, 2004
Adelaide, Australia
They're pretty bad. But if you can be bothered getting the equilibrium of iPod and sound system volume, plus the exact right location in relation to the sound system's aerial, they can be okay.

It's still a waste of money though.

St Soichiro

macrumors regular
Jun 30, 2004
Tulsa, OK
iSaint said:
I've been highly disappointed in mine. I have no input jack on my car stereo, so I just put on the headphones. I do miss the fullness of the car speakers at times.
You drive with headphones on! :eek:


macrumors 65816
Dec 9, 2003
You guys are tough.

I bought an iTrip and it works great. Sure, every once in a while it'll get some interference, but that's very rare. I also live in the city of Los Angeles, so there are very few stations that work but it's still perfect.

Your best bet if you're having problems is to go on the Griffin website and download extra stations. I use 87.5 and 87.7 which are usually empty, even when going on road-trips.

I've had problems with the actual life span of the iTrip, though. I ordered one, 3 months later it broke and Griffin sent me a new one. They're just as fast as Apple's replacements, but you have to call a long distance number to get it sorted out. When the new unit arrived, it was broken as well. My sis just got one and when she pulled it off the iPod, all the guts came out too. Griffin is in the process of replacing that as well.



macrumors 65816
Jan 21, 2005
Massachusetts, Connecticut
I love my iTrip, personally. I've used it from MA to LA and everywhere in between and found that only near city centers was it unusable. For the most part, I was able to leave it on 87.9 the whole damn time and have radio-quality music of my choice.


macrumors newbie
May 11, 2005
My iTrip works great, I use it almost every day since I commute about an hour and a half everyday. The 87.9 default station is rarely taken wherever I go, I guess it depends on where you live in the country and the amount of radio stations. Whenever I pass by our local classical music station, there is interference and I hear the songs from the iPod and classical music mixed into one cluttered song.

IJ Reilly

macrumors P6
Jul 16, 2002
I bought mine in a Goodwill Store for $7.00. Seriously, in the original packaging and everything. They had two. Never really have gotten it to work though -- very difficult to find an open frequency in these parts.


macrumors regular
Apr 27, 2005
Staring at a Mac Screen
I use my iTrip daily... it's how I listen to my iPod 95% of the time... (the other 5% being headphones and directly plugged into a reciever)

Works great, sounds great.... I only use 87.9, never change it, never need to...


macrumors 6502a
Aug 30, 2004
I love mine. I use it daily while driving to work, and have taken it on road trips with out a problem. I'm going on a vacation to Europe (Netherlands and Scotland) in September, and plan to take it for the rental car. I've downloaded the extra stations for Europe (even decimals, 90.0, 90.2... etc.)from the Griffin website, so will have those available if needed.

I've found that the stations near the ends of the spectrum seem to have the best chance of being free.


macrumors 68040
Nov 9, 2004
Salt Lake City, UT
I'm surprised that so many peopole don't like the iTrip. I love mine. My cassette player in my car is broken, and there's no line in, so it's my only choice at the moment for connecting my iPod. I live in a city that has more radio stations than any other, and yet I get along fine with my iTrip. Ocassionally I get a little interference, but it's usually pretty minor. I use 87.9, BTW.


macrumors 65816
Jun 6, 2005
Only reason why I dont like mine is because it really degrades the quality of the music the farther away from the antenna you are. The iPod literally has to be right next to the antenna for you to get better sound quality.

Otherwise mine works fine :)


macrumors newbie
Aug 22, 2005
Madrid - Spain
Has anyone proved it in Spain (I'm from Madrid)? I've heard that for USA works fine, but that in Europe it's quite frustating to get it well tuned....