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Griffin unveils iFM for iPod

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Friday, July 29, 2005
News Categories: iPod Accessories

imageGriffin Technology today introduced the iFM, an all-in-one iPod add-on that combines an FM radio tuner, voice and radio recorder, and remote control functions.

The small aluminum device functions as a remote for Dock Connector iPods (3G/4G/Photo/mini models) and features a digital FM radio with a Band-Switch function to switch between US, European and Japanese FM bands. The iFM also lets you record radio content and, using a built-in omnidirectional microphone, voice memos. Radio and voice recordings (3G/4G/Photo models supported) are automatically saved to the iPod.

“With the flip of a switch users can now switch seamlessly between controlling their music library and listening to their favorite FM radio programming,” says Griffin. “Use the iFM as an inline remote to control the iPod’s transport controls, great for workouts, biking or hiking. iFM is also a recording device, with a built in microphone to record voice, or change modes to capture live FM radio directly to the iPod!”

Griffin’s iFM is priced at $49.99 and is scheduled to begin shipping in August.

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Comments

1

This looks pretty cool !  I have just purchased a new Apple remote to replace my old broken one (at the usual extortionate Apple prices!).

Which I had known this was coming before I did, might have waited and tried getting one shipped over to the UK otherwise !

D’oh !

Posted by Mat on July 29, 2005 at 4:54 AM (PDT)

2

Is the recording mono or stereo ?

Posted by jmv on July 29, 2005 at 5:31 AM (PDT)

3

This looks bloody awesome

Posted by Robert Georgiou on July 29, 2005 at 5:47 AM (PDT)

4

Wicked indeed…

Review! Review! Review!

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on July 29, 2005 at 5:56 AM (PDT)

5

Yulp…more vaporware from Griffin.

They had a variation of this item advertised and pre-sold on their site for more than a year before cancelling it.

Check the accuracy of the new car-tape adapter release date: It was supposed to happen this month but instead thre’s a brand new product photo with the everpresent “Pre-order” tab. Uh-oh…

Posted by jim on July 29, 2005 at 5:57 AM (PDT)

6

It sounds sweet, though I think an FM Transmitter feature would make it a must have.

Posted by Dave Massary on July 29, 2005 at 5:59 AM (PDT)

7

that looks nice!!!

Posted by Joe on July 29, 2005 at 6:09 AM (PDT)

8

Another FM only product. What about AM?  Doesn’t it make more sense to be able to listen to & record sports and public broadcasting as well?

Posted by Harbour Boy on July 29, 2005 at 6:15 AM (PDT)

9

is it compatible with the ipod mini?  When is apple going to get around to updating the ipod mini’s firmware to accept microphones????

Posted by peru on July 29, 2005 at 6:23 AM (PDT)

10

Harbour Boy: It’s probably down to two things.

First, it’s harder to miniaturise an AM receiver, as you have to have a reasonably-large coil to receive it, whereas FM can do fine with just a bit of wire.

Second, it’s harder to get an AM receiver to stay in tune next to a moving human body.

And when did this site change its name to iLounge, anyway?

By the way, the anti comment spamming captcha is useless.  It keeps rejecting me even when I type in exactly what it says.

Posted by Paul on July 29, 2005 at 6:42 AM (PDT)

11

Did you match the letter case as well, Paul? That often screws people up.

Anyway, Griffin’s new little gizmo seems kinda awkward, but I suppose how intuitive it really is remains to be seen.

IMO, it would be absolutely perfect if Griffin would merge the iFM and the AirClick and make the remote communicate with the iPod via Bluetooth. Just get that and a pair of wireless headphones so you can keep your iPod deep in your backpack, safe and sound, without having to constantly fumble around with wires.

Posted by Mylar on July 29, 2005 at 7:11 AM (PDT)

12

The griffin tape adapter has been available at target stores for quite some time, not sure why it isn’t online though.

Posted by rtio on July 29, 2005 at 8:51 AM (PDT)

13

Why can’t this scroll Track info?

Posted by Bad Beaver on July 29, 2005 at 9:09 AM (PDT)

14

peru, I agree. iPod minis (1G or 2G) can’t even record radio?! Hopefully, Apple will release new firmware and/or the 3G mini soon (like September or October)!

Posted by 2g 4gb blue mini on July 29, 2005 at 9:46 AM (PDT)

15

I’ll get happy when it hits stores.  Still waiting for SmartDeck.  I’m really getting tired of Griffin’s ‘concept’ products.

Posted by Gordy. in Atlanta, GA on July 29, 2005 at 10:05 AM (PDT)

16

Very surprised that this is coming out… but hey… nice one Griffin!! (assuming not more vaporware).

Dave Massery… what’s the point of having an FM transmitter on an FM receiver?!?! Trying to think of a situation where that’d be useful… nope. Can’t. :D

Mylar… Bluetooth. Yep, that would be great. It would be even better if they just integrated high quality recording, Bluetooth & FM transmit & receive all into one kick-a*s v5 iPod.

Bad Beaver. Yep. Scrolling id3 would make this a superb remote.

Posted by Flid on July 29, 2005 at 10:58 AM (PDT)

17

Again I repeat. Please release the Griffin Smartdeck already!!!

http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/smartdeck/index.php

Posted by Walter on July 29, 2005 at 11:34 AM (PDT)

18

i dunno why everyone is excited about bluetooth headphones. you are either gonna get stuck with (relatively) heavy, bad sounding headphones, or you are gonna have to plug real headphones into an external box with the batteries, bluetooth reciever, and headphone amp. no thanks!

Posted by drew on July 29, 2005 at 12:05 PM (PDT)

19

The fact that Griffin has released a FM tuner now is kind of an indicator as to how likely Apple is to include a Tuner in the 5G. Kind of a downer…

Posted by Alex on July 29, 2005 at 12:30 PM (PDT)

20

It’s back!

Posted by Joshdude in Long Beach, CA on July 29, 2005 at 1:12 PM (PDT)

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