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Macworld: PodFreq now available for iPod photo

Sonnet Technologies has announced the PodFreq photo, a new version of its FM transmitter designed for the larger 40 and 60GB iPod photo models. Based on the current PodFreq for 4G iPods, PodFreq photo broadcasts music through any nearby FM radio with “unmatched clarity and signal strength.” The $99.95 accessory encases the iPod photo in a durable, translucent shell to provide added protection. It has access to controls and the headphone jack, and features FireWire and mini-USB ports that enable syncing and charging without having to remove the iPod. PodFreq photo requires no batteries and ships with a car charger.

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1

One of the things that annoys me about this and other accessories, is how it will not work with a protective case.  Quite frankly, I think this is Apple’s fault for not providing a standard for cases and accessories so that they could all work together.

Posted by Skaboobie in Buffalo, NY on January 12, 2005 at 11:24 AM (PDT)

2

agree. and this product is very limited to the size of the ipod. if you want to sell the ipod, you have to get rid of the transmitter as well. This is one of the most important reasons I prefer universally suitable products such as itrip, italk and etc.

Posted by frankthetank on January 12, 2005 at 11:48 AM (PDT)

3

The PodFreq *is* a protective case. Why would you need to have a case inside a case?

But you’re both missing the point of the PodFreq… It sounds a heck of a lot better than the iTrip because it’s taking the sound from the line out in the dock. You don’t have to adjust the volume at all. The antenna ensures that there’s no fiddling to get just the right angle to eliminate the hiss from funky reception. It doesn’t block the hold switch or the headphone jack (you can use the wired remote with it). And you can change frequencies easily while driving. These are all things that irritated me about the iTrip. After a couple of months trying to force myself to use the iTrip, I set it aside and just used headphones. Now, with the PodFreq, my iPod finally does what the iTrip was supposed to make it do.

See ya
Steve

Posted by Stephen Worth in North Hollywood, CA on January 12, 2005 at 1:12 PM (PDT)

4

Why does the iPodlounge buyer’s guide give the podFreq a D-?

Posted by Kid Ordinn in Sunshine State on January 22, 2005 at 4:26 AM (PDT)

5

I have to agree with Stephen Worth. When I bought my iPod Photo a year ago, my only complaint was that using the iTrip hardly made it worth taking in my car. Since I live in the suburbs but work in NYC, and with the radios jammed with so many stations, I could not make it from home to work with a single station selected on the iTrip. In spite of the D- rating, I bought a PodFreq and since then my iPod has been my constant car companion. Compared to the tinny sound from the head phone jack used on the iTrip, I get sound that is full and round and while maybe not acceptable in a totally silent house, it is superb in the car. Also, in spite of the fact that I go through several broadcasting zones, I can “set it and forget it” as far as choosing a station is concerned. Only on long trips where I travel through different cities do I need to change frequencies, and with the PodFreq it is a cinch. I can’t say enough positive things about it and no, I do not work for the company. I just like it when things work even better than they are supposed to.

Posted by Harry Shuman on August 30, 2005 at 8:28 AM (PDT)

6

I have an IPOG 80 GB and a SONNET IPOD FREQ and another FM transmitter as well.

A) The IPOD FREQ does not modulate the FM signal to the maximum limit. This means the signal is weak on the radio and I have to max out the radio volume, thereby also increasing noise.

B) The IPOD FREQ is made as per USA FM standards and does not have a switch for the ROW standards ( Almost no IPOD Tranamitter has this). I live outside USA so I have a ROW radio in my car. When you play a USA standard FM transmitter, there are problems with the frequency response.

Net result : I think my USD 15 transmitter from China works better than the 100$ IPOD FREQ.

Posted by Vivek on June 1, 2007 at 6:22 AM (PDT)

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