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If your itrip pops out of the firewire connector, us a file and cut the tab down.....no 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

I've been looking into the iTrip working in Europe:
The ipoding.com review says that it comes with only american and japanesse frequencies. I don;t know much about radio freqs, so I emailed griffin and asked if these freqs. would work in Europe....The only explanation I got was "The US are all odd frequencies. 87.9 etc...."

They won't explain this anymore...so do America have different frequencies from Europe?
But I'm sure I can tune into 87.9 etc. if I really want. What do they mean by 'odd'?

Anyone in the know let me know
cheers
Leon

Posted by leonthepro on May 13, 2003 at 1:36 PM (PDT) Comment 66

leonthepro--

American radio frequencies look like this: 98.5, 103.3, 107.9. That's what they mean by "odd"--the tenths digit of the frequency is odd. There are no stations like 104.6. How is it done in Europe? Are you odd or even?

Posted by Ted Hammond on May 13, 2003 at 4:36 PM (PDT) Comment 67

Odd or even radio frequencies do not matter as long as your radio can tune to the iTrip frequency broadcast range. I live in Canada and we have both odd and even stations.

Posted by cyber_bum on May 13, 2003 at 7:23 PM (PDT) Comment 68

How cool will it be when we get the iMic? Combine it with the iTrip and we can all go around broadcasting personal philosophy, shopping lists, or secretly recoreded conversations! Niiiice....

simon
rainoffire.com

Posted by Simon on May 13, 2003 at 11:59 PM (PDT) Comment 69

No problem to order the itrip for delivery in The Netherlands. iTrip works fine. No problems at all. Range at home about 50 feet. Driving trough the country (where the fm-band is verry occupied too) tuned at 91.1 mHz....no problems. Very good sound quality. I am a happy user. The only thing missing are the 'even' frequencies in the range for even a better tuning. The fm-band in The Netherlands runs from 88 to 108 mHz in 0.1 mHz steps.

Posted by Hans on May 14, 2003 at 12:29 AM (PDT) Comment 70

Hey All!
Judging by the variety of comments and complaints about the iTripís ďfitting issuesĒ, Iím awfully curious to find out if, in an attempt to rush the iTrip to market after its latest LED changes, they may have had their plastics supplier use Soft Tooling to manufacture iTripís housing. It just sounds like an awful lot of quality issues concerning final fit and finish. I wonder if you had three iTripís laying side by side, if you could measure a slight difference in each. Iím guessing Griffin went for Soft Tooling given their quickly approaching street date for their new iPod version. So much for Quality - I wonder if a Ford Motor Company family member sits on the Griffin Board?!?
Good luck waiting patiently for yours to arrive. Oh! I ordered from the Apple Online Store and paid for the overnight shipping and received my iTrip in two days. Try Apple direct Ė although youíd think the iTrip OEM would carry the majority of product stock over a reseller??? Ciao- silverone

Posted by silverone on May 14, 2003 at 6:07 AM (PDT) Comment 71

Just wondering if most of the people having reception problems have cars with Antennas on the rear wing of the car? One possible fix could be to get a different antenna for your car, Here in the UK I`ve seen ones that are a flat strip stuck on the inside of the windscreen. Dont know if you can get them in the States but I`d gladly send someone one in return for a iTrip I think they cost about the same sort of money (20-25UKP)

Posted by Sam Machin on May 14, 2003 at 10:29 AM (PDT) Comment 72

I bought the Belkin Tunecast wireless FM transmitter at the same time as my 15GB... it was an impulse, I didn't even think about there being too many filled radio stations in my area (New York City). And yet, it works fine... really! Even when driving through the heart of NYC, I get a relatively clear signal... and get this: when it gets static-y, I found that if I just hold the transmitter, the static clears up... so at least for the NYC area, I recommend the Belkin (on 88.1, btw).

Posted by ipodsings on May 15, 2003 at 5:39 AM (PDT) Comment 73

I thought about getting the Belking and almost did, until I saw iTrip. How do you set uop the Belking in your car if it is only attached by a thin phone jack cable? Doesn't the transmitter flop around a bit. I like the iTrip because of its design making the Ipod and it one piece.
Thanks.

Posted by Philip on May 15, 2003 at 7:15 AM (PDT) Comment 74


anyone looking to sell their itrip, drop me a line--

shoreleave at sympatico.ca

Posted by fishboy on May 15, 2003 at 9:34 AM (PDT) Comment 75

I contemplated buying the iTrip after reading some promising reviews and being impressed with it's sleek design. After using the iRock and being very dissapointed, I decided to lay down the extra cash and just buy a receiver for my car that accepts an aux input directly on the faceplate. To my surprise, I found one for $129. I installed it yesterday and it works like a charm! All you need is a male-male mini cable and you're good to go. The best part about it is that there is no loss in sound quality since you're plugging the iPod directly into your receiver. I'm soooo glad I went this route now after reading about all the issues with the iTrip.

Anyway, for those that are interested, here's the receiver I bought:

http://www.us.aiwa.com/default.asp?page=products&action=viewProduct&prod=407

Aiwai makes some nicer ones and there are other companies out there that make higher end recievers but this is the cheapest one I found. I bought it on Crutchfield.com, which also ships you the wire harness AND installation kit for your car for FREE.

Rock On!!!!!!!

Posted by Sick of FM Transmitters on May 15, 2003 at 9:57 AM (PDT) Comment 76

So Iíve had the iTrip for three full days now. I have a 10GB ďOld StyleĒ WinPod but also just bought a new Honda Element. Honda built a MP3 Input right into the dash and so thatís how Iíve been enjoying crystal clear sound from the iPod to the Honda OEM radio.
But I also have a Lexus roadster with an amazing factory stereo but it lacks the auxiliary input all together. Iím not about to tamper with the Mark Levinson setup so thatís why I got the iTrip. Itís amazing! I was using the now prehistoric cassette adapter but it sounded horrible and always gave a great deal of ďhissĒ with increased volume. But with the iTrip, all that has disappeared and Iím quite enjoying my iPod again. I also found it a blast to take to friends houses and easily setup on their home tuners for great party tunes. Great idea and cheap too!

Posted by silverone on May 15, 2003 at 11:57 AM (PDT) Comment 77

Message to fellow i-poders - Save your money. Itrip is a real bummer. Certainly in this area it's almost impossible to find an FM frequency that doesn't have something on it. If Itrip could transmit to some lower frequencies - below 88.1, perhaps. But, like other reviewers I can't even find the default setting of 87.9. So I'm back to the earphones, which are just great.

Posted by Philip Bunton on May 15, 2003 at 4:11 PM (PDT) Comment 78

Does anyone know if the iTrip works in the UK and if it does, where I can order one from without paying over the odds for postage.

Posted by Alan on May 16, 2003 at 2:23 AM (PDT) Comment 79

Hey Guys!!
Whatís up with this 87.9 Problem??
I have no problem using 87.9 over and over again. Itís a song in my playlist.
Iíd be glad to help. Is there a way I can send you guys the 87.9 file so you can use it again. I wonder if Griffinís Install CD has been revised already during the first pressing.
Let me know and like I was saying Ė Iíll get this 87.9 to any who need it because itís the only frequency I ever use because it is well under any local stations in my area and I think for most other cities as well. Iím having great success with the iTrip and already reordered another one from apple.com thatís already on itís way again. I ended up canceling all my Griffin orders after I received a notice e-mail from them stating that my original iTrip order of four months ago has entered their ďshipping queueĒ but wasnít scheduled to ship until early July. Thatís ridiculous and apple.comís tech support e-mail sent me an e-mail stating they had over 1800 iTrips in stock and ready for immediate shipment. Again, try it, especially if you can get to 87.9 or someone helps me get the file to you all. Thanks and happy iPodding!

Posted by silverone on May 16, 2003 at 4:25 AM (PDT) Comment 80

I received my iTrip several weeks ago and must say that it is hands down better than the iRock. Not so much because of the sounds quality but for other reasons:

(Salt Lake City)

1. I use my iPod in the car for around 1 hour per day. I found I was constantly buying AAA batteries for iTrip or recharging. The iTrip does need batteries as it runs off the iPod power. I can even charge the iPod with my car adapter while using the iTrip.

2. I mainly (95%) listen to audible books while commuting to work. I find with the iTrip that I do not have to turn the volumn up as load which caused distortion on the iRock.

3. The design. This does not matter to most poeple but for me the design is very nice. I only have to carry around one device instead of lugging around the iPod and the iRock. The iTrip actually looks and feels like it is PART of the iPod.

4. Being able to choose any frequency. iRock has four choices all right next to each other.


That being said, from what I can tell, the sound quality of the two are almost identicle. I did have lots of problems with the iRock losing the station which the iTrip does not seem to do.

I ended up selling my iRock for 5.00 when the iTrip arrived. It will pay for itself in the battery savings alone.

Conclusion:
The iTrip is better than any FM tramsitter that I have used. It does have a few problems and is a little frustrating to changes frequencies but it is well worth it. If you need an FM transmitter for iPod, I would go with the iRock. If you can afford a car stereo head unit with an aux in, go that route (if sound quality is your biggest concern).

I hope that helps.

Posted by mp3zero on May 16, 2003 at 6:00 AM (PDT) Comment 81

Hi everybody,
reading your comments, as i saw that the iTrip gets its energy from the jack connector, I'm wondering if it is possible to connect the iTrip on the remote instead of the iPod jack ? it could be interesting to have the possibility to place the iTrip in a more efficient place ... maybe.

That said, i'm thinking of buying one, macway.fr (the website somebody talked about) has a 'real' shop 10 kilometers from my home.

Posted by Phil on May 16, 2003 at 7:34 AM (PDT) Comment 82

Phil dont tell them your from france...


Ian

Posted by Ian on May 16, 2003 at 7:37 AM (PDT) Comment 83

I got my iTrip today and I live in the UK and ordered directly from Griffin. Despatched from Nashville on the 14th and arrived on my door on the 16th.

It works well, but there are so many stations in the UK it took me a while to find a free (good) channel but now thats resolved.

The iTrip cost me $35 and the shipping was $30 but there is no real altenative to that other than overland shipping for $10 but that could take 4-6 weeks to arrive.

Posted by Deggy on May 16, 2003 at 10:37 AM (PDT) Comment 84

This product is useless. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and can't find a single station that is uncrowded enough to allow for minimally decent sound quality. I asked Griffin for suggestions and the only response was to point out how good the review on this site is! For me, it worked badly in my home, and not at all in the car. Also, the unit does not fit tightly into the headphone jack and easily disconnects even in the smooth ride of my car. What a disappointment and a waste of money.

Posted by Ichiji on May 16, 2003 at 2:01 PM (PDT) Comment 85
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