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iTrip Needs More Than Fine-Tuning

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By fnarfy

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Published: Sunday, October 26, 2003
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Michael Prager of the Boston Globe has written a review of Griffin’s new iTrip, and despite all we’ve been hearing, it’s not a favorable one…

“In my experience, music from the iPod sent through iTrip too often sounds like it’s being played on an iSock, muffled just enough to be maddening. At its best, fidelity is merely acceptable, but in a moving vehicle, conditions are rarely ideal.”

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41

I was using my iTrip today and bumped it and the sound came over my car’s sound system. I may be incredibly naive but it almost sounds like there is a mike in the tube. Am I going nuts?

Karl

BTW, the best station in Seattle is 90.1.

Posted by Karl in Renton, Wa on January 22, 2004 at 8:03 PM (PDT)

42

I bought the iTrip and couldn’t wait to use it. I think it’s great….great how it reminds 40-somethings like myself what it was like to listen to music on AM radio. It’s a neat looking device, & great idea, but just doesn’t work as advertised. My nephew has a cassette adapter and the sound is amazing. Avoid the iTrip at any price - it just doesn’t work.

Posted by Jerry M on May 15, 2004 at 2:07 AM (PDT)

43

I have been greatly disappointed with the iTrip.  As best as I can tell, it cannot be used where I live (in NYC) due to the large number of radio stations on the dial.  This is not the fault of the iTrip makers, but should be included as disclaimer on the iTrip package.

You need a completely free FM frequency to use the device, but even that does not seem to be enough.  Even in less densely settled areas, it’s difficult to find a frequency that works with the iTrip.  The only success that I have had so far was on a road trip in the Adirondack mountains of New York State, and even in that remote location, being able to tune into the car radio with the iTrip was hit or miss.

I do not recommend this product.  If your car has a tape player (like my 12 year old car), buy a cassette tape adapter.  You’ll save money, time and frustration.

Posted by ourPod on July 18, 2005 at 2:21 PM (PDT)

44

The iTrip killed my parents.

Posted by Ruined My Life on July 27, 2005 at 12:34 PM (PDT)

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