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Small Dog offers CarTune FM transmitter/charger

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Friday, January 13, 2006
News Categories: iPod Accessories

imageSmall Dog Electronics has announced its CarTune FM transmitter and car charger for all dock connecting iPods. The product features an LCD display, multi-FM channel support, memory functions for channels, and an adjustable tuner control. “Small Dog worked with manufacturers to create the best value FM Transmitter for their customers,” says the company. “A design was chosen that provides the ability to not only play an Apple iPod through a car’s audio system but also charges the iPod using the car’s DC power port.” The CarTune is available now for $33.

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1

How many more? The world of FM transmitter/chargers is due for a root canal from the abscess of gluttony. Remiss of design (since Small Dog is an Apple Specialist they should have least put some design into it), it is but another soon to be found in the laden pile of the clearance box.

Posted by FahrenheiPod 451 on January 13, 2006 at 8:10 AM (PDT)

2

i think this is a fair price for a combination fm transmitter/car charger.  i think it will allow people who aren’t willing to pay the kind of money that other similar products cost to charge and play their ipod in their automobile through their stereo.

the design is merely average, and won’t suit some user’s needs.  if the DC outlet in an automobile is in an inconvenient place, for example, then this device won’t be useful.  more than half of the automobiles that i have seen have the outlet in a convenient place to use this product, however, and i think that small dog’s reputation will make this a safe buy for someone who would like a charger/transmitter for their car and aren’t willing to pay higher prices.

Posted by chase on January 13, 2006 at 9:55 AM (PDT)

3

No matter what Small Dog is Vermont’s best place for Apple stuff.  Like, only place.

Posted by papayaninja on January 13, 2006 at 1:43 PM (PDT)

4

This looks like a better deal than the iTrip for the 5G video ipod. The Griffin iTrip has a dock connector that must be flush with the entire bottom of the iPod which means the iPod must be taken out of its protective case to work.

Griffin goofed in the iTrip design IMHO. The above FM adapter would work but I liked the fact the iTrip drew its power from the iPod which opened some interesting portable possibilites.

Posted by 4phun on January 13, 2006 at 3:36 PM (PDT)

5

Actually, Griffin also makes an “iTrip Auto”, which is more comparable to this product (albeit more expensive).  The design allows you to connect to your iPod with a regular dock connector (similar to Small Dog’s) ... not flush to the iPod.  It has an in-line remote and charges your iPod simultaneously.  Other than price-point, it’s not fair to compare this product to Griffin’s regular iTrip.

Posted by Steve on January 17, 2006 at 7:40 AM (PDT)

6

Anyone know if this has “pre-set” stations or if it allows you to use the entire span of stations between 88.1 to 107.9 ???

Posted by Anon on January 17, 2006 at 7:42 AM (PDT)

7

But, this does work with my CarClip mini which is nice. http://www.thecarclip.com

Posted by Anon on January 17, 2006 at 7:51 AM (PDT)

8

Emailed Small Dog.  If i interpret correctly, it does tune to ANY station between 88.1 and 107.9
 
And it has 12 pre-sets. 

Here is the quote: 
“You can use any station between 88.1 - 107.9 with 12 channel memory
for presets.”

Posted by Anon on January 17, 2006 at 2:21 PM (PDT)

9

I just got this and it is pretty weak. It only does 12 stations, 88.1-88.9 & 106.7-107.9 at 0.2 MGHz intervals. Those bandwiths are very busy where I live (Saint Louis) and the transmission power isn’t enough to overcome the other signals so there is a significant whine even at fairly low volume.

I would definitely pass on this, basically $33 down the drain.

Posted by David on January 23, 2006 at 10:57 PM (PDT)

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