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

Posted by scottb on May 10, 2003 at 8:40 PM (PDT) Comment 41

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 on May 11, 2003 at 7:53 AM (PDT) Comment 42

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 on May 11, 2003 at 8:51 AM (PDT) Comment 43

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


Posted by scottb on May 11, 2003 at 8:52 AM (PDT) Comment 44

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

Posted by selcouth on May 11, 2003 at 8:56 AM (PDT) Comment 45

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 on May 11, 2003 at 9:39 AM (PDT) Comment 46

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 on May 11, 2003 at 10:48 AM (PDT) Comment 47

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 on May 11, 2003 at 1:57 PM (PDT) Comment 48

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


Posted by GW BUSH on May 11, 2003 at 2:14 PM (PDT) Comment 49

Any posts not on topic will be deleted.

Posted by Dennis Lloyd on May 11, 2003 at 8:48 PM (PDT) Comment 50

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 on May 12, 2003 at 5:35 AM (PDT) Comment 51

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

Posted by Phil on May 12, 2003 at 7:06 AM (PDT) Comment 52

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 on May 12, 2003 at 8:18 AM (PDT) Comment 53

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) Comment 54

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 on May 12, 2003 at 1:58 PM (PDT) Comment 55

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 on May 12, 2003 at 6:33 PM (PDT) Comment 56

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 on May 12, 2003 at 11:05 PM (PDT) Comment 57

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 on May 13, 2003 at 6:51 AM (PDT) Comment 58

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 on May 13, 2003 at 10:28 AM (PDT) Comment 59

Ric what size ipod do you have?


Posted by Ian on May 13, 2003 at 11:06 AM (PDT) Comment 60

If your itrip pops out of the firewire connector, us a file and cut the tab more pop outs.

Posted by Dan on May 13, 2003 at 11:25 AM (PDT) Comment 61

The size? My iPod is a 10meg version with the solid state (non-moving) wheel.

As for the connector, I'm not so keen on filing down the tab, particularily since it doesn't work well even when turned. If it worked well that way, I might be willing to modify it.

Posted by Ric Wilson on May 13, 2003 at 11:36 AM (PDT) Comment 62

Ric i will buy it off you....

Posted by Ian on May 13, 2003 at 12:25 PM (PDT) Comment 63

How would we work that Ian?

Posted by Ric Wilson on May 13, 2003 at 12:30 PM (PDT) Comment 64

Ric email me .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Posted by Ian on May 13, 2003 at 12:32 PM (PDT) Comment 65
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