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Thanks, selcouth, but I already said that. Thanks for chiming in...

Posted by scottb in pasadena, ca on May 10, 2003 at 8:40 PM (PDT)


Let me say this, I have yet to try this in my home or office - which may be where some folks want to use it - if I can get this to work well in that setting, I will state that the unit itself is good and the FM dial is the problem - which I bet it is.
The problem with using it in a car, is that when you move (I guess if I were 19, I'd just be parking and gettin' lucky with the music playing) the empty frequency can get a signal and kill your iPod/iTrip connection.
I'll let you know how it works in the home/office later - I gotta go play some hockey with my son...

Posted by scottb in pasadena, ca on May 11, 2003 at 7:53 AM (PDT)


so does anyone know whether or not it draws power from the outer ring of the connector? my reason for asking is i wonder if it could be used with a headphone extension cable.. to better position the transmitter while keeping the iPod close.. or even using the transmitter in addition to the remote..

Posted by selcouth in Dallas, TX on May 11, 2003 at 8:51 AM (PDT)


It draws power from the outer-ring (headphone jack)


Posted by scottb in pasadena, ca on May 11, 2003 at 8:52 AM (PDT)


ahh.. so then it's a strictly iPod use device? and no extension cables? :(

Posted by selcouth in Dallas, TX on May 11, 2003 at 8:56 AM (PDT)


The itrip works great in the Midwest. (with fewer FM stations) On a trip through Colo., Nebr., and Iowa it worked without a hitch....great sound with no drifting. BTW if you have a separate playlist for the itrip settings and another for your favorites, shuffle can be used without playing the itrip files. Great product.

Posted by Dan in Nebraska on May 11, 2003 at 9:39 AM (PDT)


I too am disappointed in the performance of the iTrip. BUT, it's not the iTrips fault, first off the FCC limits the power of every device which operates like the iTrip. Second, where I live(South FL, specifically Fort Lauderdale area) has too many radio stations too close to each other. The iTrip is a wonderful device, but is limited not because of Griffin technology but from the government(FCC) and the area one lives in. It would be great in future comments to know where you live so other readers who are think about getting one knows how it will perform in there area. I DO NOT suggest using the iTrip in South Florida, specifically the Fort Lauderdale, Miami area. I'll be getting a car receiver with an inline input in the future. That's my 2 cents.

Posted by Rich in South FL on May 11, 2003 at 10:48 AM (PDT)


Chill out...This is not the place for all this.

Lets get back on track, I want an itrip but cant get one because i live in the U.K. and they will not ship here, Has anyone got any ideas how i can get one? Apart from a trip over to get one?


Posted by Ian in uk on May 11, 2003 at 1:57 PM (PDT)


There's an iTrip on eBay going for $46 so far...I'm betting more will be there soon.


Posted by GW BUSH in pasadena, ca on May 11, 2003 at 2:14 PM (PDT)


Any posts not on topic will be deleted.

Posted by Dennis Lloyd in Irvine, CA on May 11, 2003 at 8:48 PM (PDT)


Got my iTrip this weekend - after begging to have it shipped - pre-ordered in Feb2003. Quite disappointed in the performance - it seems as though every station is taken (should have checked that - but who would have thought that - I live in SC). I will be getting an AUX-IN adapter from Sony which costs almost $100.

Posted by RK in South on May 12, 2003 at 5:35 AM (PDT)


OK. So the irock sucks. I hate that thing! Can anyone tell me how the itrip performs in the DC area?

Posted by Phil in DC on May 12, 2003 at 7:06 AM (PDT)


hey guys, check out the alpine 9801 cd reciever on ebay for about $125... you can get an adapter cable for $15 to plug your ipod into the cd changer port and not loose your fm radio feature as required with a hard wired FM modulator. rather expensive, but if you are like i am, the ipod is all i listen to anymore, and i want the best signal i can get

Posted by andrew in orlando on May 12, 2003 at 8:18 AM (PDT)


What type of adapter do you have to buy to plug the iPod into the cd changer port on your car radio? My car radio has controls for a cd changer but I don't have one hooked up, so maybe I can hook up my iPod to it. Thanks!

Posted by jicarv on May 12, 2003 at 11:18 AM (PDT)


it depends on the make and model... ask your car stereo dealer... alpine head units require an M-Bus cd changer control

Posted by andrew in orlando on May 12, 2003 at 1:58 PM (PDT)


I didn't buy this yet, but I live in NYC and it seems in metro areas there is a problem. What about those cassette devices that plug into the headphone jack and a phony cassette goes in your car stereo cassette player (No one uses cassetstes anyway). I put all my kids songs in a playlist on the ipod and want to play it in the car.


Posted by Philip in NYC on May 12, 2003 at 6:33 PM (PDT)


I was thinking of buying an iTrip but now I'm not so sure.....I'm glad I read these posts.
Anyone in the NYC area use the iTrip yet? In and around NYC?

Posted by Geoff in NY on May 12, 2003 at 11:05 PM (PDT)


For those not completely satisfied with the performance of the iTrip (mine is on order and has not yet arrived), you can also check out generic RF modulators. These require installation: they fit inline between your car stereo and the antenna, but should offer a better signal because of this. I'm reserving this as a last resort if my iTrip disappoints me as much as the iRock.

Go to and do a search for JVC KS-IF200 or Clarion FM200S.

Posted by chance in Michigan on May 13, 2003 at 6:51 AM (PDT)


Well, I have to agree with many here that FM reception is a big problem in Metro areas and personally, I'm giving up on these type of modulators entirely.

However, I'm mostly disappointed with the iTrip itself. No matter how I put it on my iPod, it won't stay connected for even 1 minute. The connector that slips into the Firewire port to stabilize it always pushes the unit back out and breaks the connection. When I put it on sideways to avoid the Firewire port, the connection is intermittent at best.

This product is going back, it isn't work $4 let alone $40. My 2 cents, ric wilson

Posted by Ric Wilson in Los Angeles on May 13, 2003 at 10:28 AM (PDT)


Ric what size ipod do you have?


Posted by Ian in uk on May 13, 2003 at 11:06 AM (PDT)

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