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Griffin debuts black iFM with dock connector

imageGriffin Technology today announced a new version of its iFM with a dock connector and a new black exterior. The tiny device integrates an FM radio tuner and remote control functionality. It is compatible with fourth and fifth generation iPods, iPod minis and iPod nanos. The new iFM functions as a remote (controls play, pause, fast forward, rewind, next song, previous song, volume), and features a digital FM radio with a band-switch function to switch between US, European and Japanese FM bands. It also offers 6 station presets per band. The new iFM is priced at $49.99 and will begin shipping in mid-November.

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Comments

1

wonder if this is more awkward to use than the top loading one.

Posted by 30gbphoto on October 14, 2005 at 4:13 PM (PDT)

2

What ever happened to the iFM’s recording capabilities? What a disappointment. Anyone have a word on that?

Posted by David N. on October 14, 2005 at 8:06 PM (PDT)

3

good point! where is the voice recording capability?

i might just get the old one

Posted by 30gbphoto on October 14, 2005 at 10:03 PM (PDT)

4

anyway, no fun for us nano owners.

Posted by David N. on October 15, 2005 at 10:51 AM (PDT)

5

David N.: the article says “compatible with iPod nano”, I don’t understand what you mean?
Also what is that button with a red dot, is that not for recording?

Posted by Denis on October 15, 2005 at 4:57 PM (PDT)

6

Hi Denis:

It is indeed compatible with iPod Nano, but what I meant by “no fun for us Nano owners” is that we won’t be able to RECORD, whereas “normal iPod” owners could do this with the older version of the iFM which is not compatible with Nano.

A button with a red dot usually means “record,” but ilounge and Griffin’s official website don’t mention such capabilities. Hmm.

Posted by David N. on October 15, 2005 at 5:13 PM (PDT)

7

If you look at the technical specs on griffin’s web site, it says the red light is for recording.

Posted by yeah on October 17, 2005 at 4:20 AM (PDT)

8

That’s what it says for the older version of the iFM, but not the new one. Nano owners aren’t interested on the old version because it’s not compatible.

Posted by David N. on October 17, 2005 at 11:04 AM (PDT)

9

Do you know if the old version of iFM (the white one) is compatible with the new video iPod?

Posted by coffee on October 22, 2005 at 7:04 AM (PDT)

10

The new iFM has the record button, but on the griffin website it’s labled as the “EQ” button and the condensor mic is not labled even though the unit I have, clearly has the hole in the side where the mic would be. So far I’ve had no response from Griffin, but if it records voice memos - it involves software that I did not receive with the product or a hack that I haven’t found. The old iFM uses the interface adaptor on the top of the older iPods which the 5th gen doesn’t have so the old iFM isn’t compatible with the 5th gen iPod.

Posted by dave on December 27, 2005 at 11:38 AM (PDT)

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