Posted on 26-Jul-2005 12:05 by Tony Hughes.
Filed under: Reviews
The iTrip is an FM Transmitter for the Apple Ipod that allows you to tune in any FM radio to play your iPods music through, without cables.
First thing I did when I got my new 60GB Apple iPod Photo recently was race down to Harvey Normans and buy a Griffin iTrip. It was about NZ$65 (US$ 45) which is comparable with on-line auction prices.
The iTrip was in a nice box similar to the style of packaging used for the Apple iPod itself. All it would need to be Apple branded is just to have the name and logo printed on. Everything looks OEM even though its not.
Installation was easy: plug it on the top of the iPod and start playing. You should have the volume set to 50-70%. The iTrip defaults to 87.9FM for its broadcasting.
Optionally you can use the supplied CD to install a software on your Apple iPod that allows selection of a different FM station via the controls/screen. This software created a playlist in iTunes with dozens of tracks titled with the frequency number "101.1", "92.5". Changing the station involves playing one of these tracks on the Apple iPod and once it starts playing, pressing the pause button, then waiting a few seconds - the tracks are only 5 seconds long, and it seems like a bit of an awkward thing to do.
Very convenient device, and worked well in the car, but what I really wanted was to sit on the couch and select music at my leisure. The iTrip wasn’t very good for this - lots of static, and seemed to be very dependent on the orientation of the device.
It does what it says it does, and pretty good value for money – but don’t expect A-Grade audio: you are likely to always have enough background static that you will know its there.
If was only going to use the device in the car, then I would choose the iTrip for its relative simplicity in most situations. Ultimately though, the iTrip loses out to the XtremeMac Airplay in all areas except the almighty ‘coolness’ that Griffin has mustered up in the iTrip.
Looks like the ‘Coolness department’ at Apple designed it
Value for money
No external controls to be accidentally adjusted
Uses iPod’s own battery power
Awkward to change frequency
iPod ‘Shuffle’ feature can inadvertently change frequency
Range seemed fairly limited (in my small lounge I had some trouble)