iPod FM transmitter

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bucho, Aug 22, 2006.

  1. bucho macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2006
    Can anyone recommend an FM transmitter that works with the Nano that works well (ie: quality of sound). Or at the very least, which ones should I stay away from.

  2. gman71882 macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
    Houston, Tx
    I got the Griffin Itrip Auto for $34.99 with free shipping from Buy.com (its $37.99 now :confused: ) for my g/f (Its different from the regular griffin Itrip
    the sound quality is pretty great if your in one city.
    We do have to change stations as we drive long distances and other FM stations start to interfere, i guess its not strong enough to overpower the other stations.
    Its nice but i might get one that holds the nano up near the steering wheel or radio so you dont have to dig around for it in cup holder or something while your driving.
    Maybe something like THIS ONE for the Mini
  3. sw1tcher macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2004
    I tried the Griffin iTrip about a month ago and promptly returned it. All I got was static and when it did work, the sound quality was worse than an audio tape.

    Moving my iPod around in the air sometimes helped, but who's going to do that while I'm driving.

    Still searching....
  4. stevo86 macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2006
    Newfoundland, Canada
    i recently bought a griffin iTrip off ebay. it was pretty good, reception wasn't great but i was pleased. however, i physically broke the thing only weeks after i bought it so purchased this thing on a whim Digipower iPod Navigator.

    it plugs right into the 12 volt outlet in the car and transmits the signal by fm like the iTrip. i find that this thing is amazing! it gives way better reception than the itrip, i never get any static from it. and since it's plugged into the cars power source it charges the ipod at the same time, letting me keep the backlight on all the time. and if you had a video ipod you could play videos without worrying about running out of battery power.

    my only fear with this thing is that it's gonna kill my ipod battery fast. my friend who has a 5g 30gb is telling me that he thinks his battery is dying. mine seems perfectly fine though (4g colour 20gb). also it only transmits 4 different signals: 88.1, 88.3, 88.5, and 88.7
  5. adiddas125 macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2006
    Is there a reason why Apple wont make the radio a standard feature built into the ipod itself???
  6. mark! macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    Why would you want to listen to the radio when you have all the music you want on your iPod?
  7. meanpeoplesuck macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2006
    Music isn't the only thing broadcast on the radio, there's obviously a demand for mp3 players with FM radios.
  8. erikamsterdam macrumors regular


    Apr 21, 2006
    @Adiddas125: In a lot of countries, especially in Europe, it is illegal to have any kind of transmitter without a license. So they would have to make different kinds of iPods for different parts of the world then. Too expensive.
  9. cw2k macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2006
    That problem is mainly down to old laws which gave exclusive use of parts of the spectrum to whoever had licenced them and these laws had not been updated to consider new lower power technologies. This is slowly being changed by amendments to the laws to allow low powered transmitters, the UK is meant to have the amendments sorted by the end of the year and the rest of europe is expected to follow after once they have sorted their amendments.
  10. adiddas125 macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2006
    So you guys are telling me that it was "illegal" to carry FM recievers? Crap how did people get information???? :eek:
  11. steelphantom macrumors 6502a


    Oct 15, 2005
    So they can sell you the wonderful iPod Radio Remote for the low, low, price of only $49.99. ;)
  12. bucho thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2006
    Thanks for the advice to all. I'm guessing by the responses that it's a little hit and miss for many. Guess I'll just make sure to buy from a reputable retailer, and hang on to my receipt. ;)

    Just to be clear, I wasn't trying to listen to FM radio on my iPod - I'll never need/want to do that.

    I was looking for a solution that lets me play my iPod over my car stereo, and the only way I can do that currently is via an FM transmitter addon.

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