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    Ipod FM transmitters

    Anyone have good luck with these? The CD player in my car is on the fritz, and we're taking it to Austin next week. I really don't want to listen to Christian and Country the whole way, so I was wondering if anyone had a recommendation on one of these puppies that they'd be willing to share. I had one in the past that my girlfriend destroyed, but it was a POS anyway. I know some of the cheap ones are just terrible, and I don't need anything fancy, just something that's easy to use, and does a good job of picking up stations.


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    Re: Ipod FM transmitters

    My mom uses the ITrips thing with her IPod, and really likes it.


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    Re: Ipod FM transmitters

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    My mom uses the ITrips thing with her IPod, and really likes it.
    I assume that's an Apple product?


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    Re: Ipod FM transmitters

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    I assume that's an Apple product?
    Yeah. It's some deal that you attach to your IPod and then transmit to your stereo via FM. Basically pick a channel that isn't transmitting in the area where you're driving and set that thing to it.

    You might have to change the station on the thing a couple/few times over that distance, but it's a pretty handy little deal.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    Yeah. It's some deal that you attach to your IPod and then transmit to your stereo via FM. Basically pick a channel that isn't transmitting in the area where you're driving and set that thing to it.

    You might have to change the station on the thing a couple/few times over that distance, but it's a pretty handy little deal.
    Yeah, I've used a similar device, but it didn't work very well. It would say a station wasn't transmitting when it actually was, etc. Hence the need for this thread, lol.


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    Re: Ipod FM transmitters

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    Yeah, I've used a similar device, but it didn't work very well. It would say a station wasn't transmitting when it actually was, etc. Hence the need for this thread, lol.
    Buy the apple one. It work real good


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    Re: Ipod FM transmitters

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    Anyone have good luck with these? The CD player in my car is on the fritz, and we're taking it to Austin next week. I really don't want to listen to Christian and Country the whole way, so I was wondering if anyone had a recommendation on one of these puppies that they'd be willing to share. I had one in the past that my girlfriend destroyed, but it was a POS anyway. I know some of the cheap ones are just terrible, and I don't need anything fancy, just something that's easy to use, and does a good job of picking up stations.
    I have never had good luck with any fm transmitter. When travelling long distances I got so annoyed with how often a local station would over power what ever frequency i was on and i was constantly having to switch. My recommendation would be to get a new stereo in your car with an audio jack in it. My new truck came with an audio jack and a usb control for my ipod and my wife loved it so much we got a new stereo in her car since her fm transmitter sucked.

    After going this route on both vehicles I am so glad i don't have to deal with a transmitter anymore.

    If I remember right you are in law school so not sure what the funds situation is but if you can swing the cost of a new stereo you will be much happier with something that connects directly to your ipod.



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    Re: Ipod FM transmitters

    Quote Originally Posted by FarminCy View Post
    I have never had good luck with any fm transmitter. When travelling long distances I got so annoyed with how often a local station would over power what ever frequency i was on and i was constantly having to switch. My recommendation would be to get a new stereo in your car with an audio jack in it. My new truck came with an audio jack and a usb control for my ipod and my wife loved it so much we got a new stereo in her car since her fm transmitter sucked.

    After going this route on both vehicles I am so glad i don't have to deal with a transmitter anymore.

    If I remember right you are in law school so not sure what the funds situation is but if you can swing the cost of a new stereo you will be much happier with something that connects directly to your ipod.
    Yeah, funds are a bit tight for a new stereo. Especially with all that going to football games I do.


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    Re: Ipod FM transmitters

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    Yeah, funds are a bit tight for a new stereo. Especially with all that going to football games I do.
    Looks like you better have a bake sale to help raise some money for your new stereo. I make a mean peach cobbler that i would be willing to donate to the cause.

    Or you could put on your own 5K or free throw contest with all proceeds going to your new sweet ipod playing stereo.

    I have a trophy from a Knights of Columbus free throw contest from 5th grade so I am a lock to win it if you decide to go that route.



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    Re: Ipod FM transmitters

    I just bought a Belkin one here at the beginning of summer and have had really good luck. They seem like the type of things where you get what you pay for. I had one before that was cheaper and it was pretty hit or miss how well it worked and it fell apart after a few months.

    The one I have now is called a Belkin Tunecast Auto. It has a thing where it will automatically pick the "best" station but that feature doesn't always work the best. Usually if you find a channel in the 88s or 89s there is one that will not have anything on it.

    On another note, if you are more techno-savvy than me, I've read that there are some other ones out there that can actually be switched over to European or Japanese mode where their stations go below 88.1 (I believe). That way you can set your radio to 87.9 where no stations in the US broadcast and you won't have the interference. Don't quote me on all this last paragraph because I don't know how to do it but from trying to find the best option I know I read it somewhere



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    Re: Ipod FM transmitters

    Al, if you don't wanna buy one I can probably lend you my iTrip...



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    Re: Ipod FM transmitters

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    Al, if you don't wanna buy one I can probably lend you my iTrip...
    Thanks, but I'm looking for something to use on a regular basis. I think I'll look into this Belkin Auto Tune.


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    Re: Ipod FM transmitters

    If your car stereo has an aux in jack then I recommend one of these. I've been using one for some time in my Jeep and it is much better than an FM transmitter. It's nice because the sound is much better, no FM interference to worry about and it charges the ipod as long as it's plugged in.

    Griffin Technology: AutoPilot - Charge/control/play your iPod or iPhone through your car's AUX-in port



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    Re: Ipod FM transmitters

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    Thanks, but I'm looking for something to use on a regular basis. I think I'll look into this Belkin Auto Tune.
    This is pretty close to the one I have except mine plugs in the bottom and charges as it plays (which I think is very nice as my Ipod usually doesn't always last that long)

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Belkin+-...tter&cp=1&lp=3


    For what its worth. There are some Griffin ones at best buy as well but that was the one I had trouble with. The cord pulled right out of the main rectangle transmitter box within a month or so. The Belkin one seems better built and has some much better connections on that transmitter box.

    There are a lot of mixed reviews on the Best Buy website but most I read are about it not coming in very good. I am willing to bet that a lot of those people strictly use it in larger towns. For your use right now and using it in Iowa in the future, I wouldn't think that should be as big of problem and I haven't had much trouble yet.

    Hope it helps.


    EDIT: Can't get the link to work


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    Re: Ipod FM transmitters

    Mine works great in the more rural areas of the US. The problems arise when you are in the bigger urban areas and most FM frequencies are being used. Interstate travel though, it works great.



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