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The Tunecast II is head and shoulders above the itrip, and its cheaper too! I bought mine for 29.99 with free shipping.... instead of 35 for my itrip.

Posted by Jesse on April 21, 2004 at 7:49 AM (PDT) Comment 21

I own an Audia-X Digiana and love it. One triple a battery last for ten hours. Like the Tune cast II, it has a digital display. You can program any station fromm 88.1 to 107.something. You can either tune it in .1mhz or 1.0mhz increments making it very easy to tune to an open station. Like most FM transmitters, you might pick up some static but I have found mine to be static free most of the time and I live in a good size city (Tucson, AZ). For the size (very small) and the transmittal signal, I am very pleased. I was able to find it on ebay for 24.oo plus 3.50 s&h. Noticed that belkin was selling it under their name recently. Don't know what is up with that.

Posted by preacherman on April 26, 2004 at 11:56 AM (PDT) Comment 22

I just got my Tunecast II. On our first trip with it (Orlando, FL) it was outstanding. I don't know what kind of radio receiver you have in your cars, but in my car the quality was just as good as all but the biggest radio stations. Do get the power adapter that comes with it. We were able to plug everything in and stick it in the glove compartment with just the tunecast and the iPod remote sticking out. All of the cables were out of the way, and we could still skip songs and change stations easily. It actually worked out better than I thought it would, both in sound quality and logistically.

Posted by Philnotfil on May 2, 2004 at 10:05 AM (PDT) Comment 23

I've got an itrip for a brand new 3G ipod.
Man that thing drains my battery power... I barely get 3 hours of play time with a full charge!!

All I've been reading is that the itrip uses an "imperceptible" amount of power from the ipod, but I really REALLY beg to differ.

Tell me one of you out there has the same issue.

Posted by Derst on May 3, 2004 at 5:50 PM (PDT) Comment 24

Derst- I certainly agree with you. On my old 2G ipod, I got about 3-4 hours less battery. "Imperceptible" my ###.

Posted by SCJ on May 5, 2004 at 5:34 AM (PDT) Comment 25

I might be able to add to the discussion wether the Tunecast II is a good or a bad product.
I bought one and it was ####. It totally underperformed compared to the manufacturers specs and I couldn't get it to work with my car radio.
So I gave it back and instead of asking for my money I asked for a new one.
The new one (despite being the exact same model) is absolute super and actually performs better than described in the specs. - Super sound over fairly long distances.
Maybe the Tunecast II is just cheaply produced and you have to be lucky to get a good one.

Posted by Wolf on June 7, 2004 at 1:05 AM (PDT) Comment 26

Love mine but the plug is fuzzing out and I have buy a new plug to put on, can someone tell me what wires to put where? The actual transmitter works great though....

Posted by Matt on June 24, 2004 at 4:24 AM (PDT) Comment 27

I just got the Tunecast II and have been testing it for the last 30 minutes.

Mono. Stinking crappy mono.

Should have got the iRock for $10 cheaper!

Posted by mono crap on June 28, 2004 at 5:34 PM (PDT) Comment 28

The Tunecast II made me lose all faith I had in Belkin to make a quality product. I think the mono/stereo debate may be because these things are horribly made. I bought one and within a week the cable was coming lose and causing the sound to be mono. The cable on my friends was lose from the factory. We popped them open and both had wires that the sheathing was worn off leaving bare metal. We were able to exchange them and after about a month now both replacements are still working well and definately output in stereo.

Posted by Derek on July 21, 2004 at 6:04 PM (PDT) Comment 29

Hi, if anyone can help.. i read through all and no one seems to hav this prob.
My brand new Belkin TuneCast II (with brand new batteries) Movile FM Transmitter, doesn't seem to register anything. The display screen has not lit up once.. when the radio is playing loud or soft or medium at an arms length from the car radio.

Are there any specifics i should know?
I've followed the instructions step by step and still to no vail..

please help me... i wanna listen to moozik in me carrr...

Posted by wilmekin on July 27, 2004 at 3:27 AM (PDT) Comment 30

I don't understand the complaints about iTrip and battery life. If you are using an iTrip, you are probably in the car, which means you are going to be able to plug it in to a car adapter.
If you are going to use the car adapter, then i think the iTrip seems to be a "lower fuss" solution. Of course this doens't really apply if you are using your ipod FM transmitter extensively outside of a car environment.

Posted by beak on July 31, 2004 at 3:02 PM (PDT) Comment 31

I was stunned to use the tunecast II after having used an iTrip. The sound and reception quality of the iTrip were always (barely) servicable, while the tunecast delivers actual stereo FM fidelity (it won't be cd quality and fm cannot be cd quality). The iTrip would produce static if you looked at it funny. I may have gotten a lemon iTrip (which eventually broke) and a winner Tunecast, but there is no comparison at all in my experience. (TC not as cute, but it works better). And there isn't the hazardous "trying to change the station on the iPod playlist while driving" stuff to deal with.

Posted by Geoff on August 6, 2004 at 10:59 AM (PDT) Comment 32

After reading everyones comments and the review I decided to post my expeariences. I had an itrip for my 2nd generation ipod and it was total crap, it was constantly fuzzy and I changing the station was a pain. I even listened to my friends itrip on her 3rd generation ipod and it was fuzzy too. After I got rid of my 2nd generation, i bought a 4th generation and decided to try my luck with the tunecast II. It is fabulous, it is always clear in the country and the city. It is easy to tune and it doesn't eat away at your battery. Yes it can run on 2 AAA batteries, but it is just as easy for me to plug it into my car lighter. The wires are a pain in the butt, but its worth it to hear clear music. Also, for you guys looking to buy one, I bought mine at walmart for $33.00 (and for those of you that live near Delaware- no tax!!).

My verdict- The Tunecast is much better then the itrip! I would strongly recomend that you opt for the tunecast, and at $33 it is cheaper then the itrip.

Good Luck!!!

Posted by Leah on August 7, 2004 at 1:36 PM (PDT) Comment 33

I meant to reply to wilmekin questions... if I were you I would return the tunecast to wherever you bought it from and exchange it for a new one. That doesn't sound normal at all. Feel free to e-mail me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Posted by Leah on August 7, 2004 at 1:39 PM (PDT) Comment 34

i just got mine last night (tunecast 2) and now that i'm reading these reviews, I'm wondering if I should return it. the only problem is, I have a cd player in my car and no cassette player, which I heard was the best option of all to have the casette adapter. does anyone think there will be better options for playing ipods in the car in the near future?

Posted by alicia on August 15, 2004 at 12:50 PM (PDT) Comment 35

The battery life isn't as good with mine. A little harder to turn on and off for some reason. Also, I carry a car adaptor for my iPod anyway, so the battery life is fine on mine. I did like having the ability to switch to a new station without going through the iTrip menu in the iPod. I don't think it's worth buying for that convenience though.

Posted by Steve on August 16, 2004 at 10:30 AM (PDT) Comment 36

The message I take away from these reviews is that all wireless FM transmitters are to be avoided! I had heard that a WIREDFM modulator is a far better alternative (it injects the signal directly into the FM antenna lead), however most seem to be designed for specific satelitte radios and it's hard to find a recommendation for a one that's not limited to a few frequencies around 88 Mhz (I drive in NYC)Any ideas?

Posted by Paul on August 17, 2004 at 7:28 PM (PDT) Comment 37

Hey, the guy at the shop i bought my tunecast II from said that i can plug it in to my ipod and put the ipod in the dock and it will charge the tunecast.
I was very worried...since its just a little headphone jack cable, how can it draw power?
I haven't tried it yet ....since the 2 tripleA batteries that came with it were quite clearly not rechargable ones.
If i get rechargeable ones will it work? I don't think so, right ? He said I could take it back...I might do that unless there is a simple cheap option for recharging it, I hate buying batteries all the time...and i hate having to take them out and put them in a charger.

Posted by Carl on August 28, 2004 at 2:57 AM (PDT) Comment 38

No one has mentioned that a large part of the problem with this unit - and in all fairness the itrip - is the low output levels. If you crank on the iPod volume you can get okay output but this is not a sensitive device. If you absolutely must have a way of connecting your iPod to your radio this works but it is not great sound. I found it much easier to use than a itrip since you can see and easily change the transmitting frequency.

Posted by justarasta on August 30, 2004 at 7:20 PM (PDT) Comment 39

I bought the Belkin tunecast II for my Ipod 20gig 4G last week and I had to return it yesterday....absolutely terrible reception from the tunecast on my car stereo. I spent a couple of hours trying different stations and adjusting the volume on my ipod, but it just wouldnt work. I compare the signal from tunecast to something you would hear from AM radio...lots of static interference.

I bought the monster icarplay yesterday and that works perfect. I must say that I should have gone with the more expensive icarplay in the first place...crystal clear reception with no static. Monsters signal is also far stronger than that of the tune cast. I stay in Houston, TX where there are weak signal stations on 88.1, 88.5 and 89.1. The icarplay signal easily overpowered transmission from those stations to deliver my ipod music.

Posted by Uday on September 3, 2004 at 10:12 AM (PDT) Comment 40

Worthless. How does target get away with selling it.

Posted by camphero on September 7, 2004 at 4:51 AM (PDT) Comment 41

Yeah, I had to take back my tunecast II.
piece of junk, i'll be looking into other options....my mate has an itrip and i'll see if that sounds better.

Posted by Carl on September 8, 2004 at 5:21 AM (PDT) Comment 42

I bought 3 Tunecast II (one for myself and the other two as a gift).

I should have read this forum.

This is just junk.

My friends returned their presents since it is useless.

I tired all of them with my 4th gen ipod and they are all the same.

DO NOT BUY IT.

I will not trust Belkin since their manufacturing quality is terrible.

Posted by Sinan on September 9, 2004 at 2:28 AM (PDT) Comment 43

i bought the tunecast II a week ago and i havent had to change the station once, and ive only gotten static once, and for only a few seconds. since then it has worked perfectly. i think i paid 35 bucks with tax, and im happy i did. my friend has an itrip and his constantly gets static. i let him borrow the tunecast, and he bought one the next day and is happy with it. i guess they just make bad batches.

Posted by Jonathan on September 11, 2004 at 12:17 PM (PDT) Comment 44

I don't trust the Itrip. I bought one and it burned out my brand new ipod. Thank goodness apple gave me a new one under warranty.
After an hour of use the screen went black on my ipod. Went back after I quit using it. Then, the sound went slow... took 15 sec to play on sec. but it did play. I think it was a power draw issue. The Belkin does not draw power from the ipod so Thats the way I went. Just as good sound and interference is about the same as is distance from receiver.

Posted by jnm on September 13, 2004 at 7:06 PM (PDT) Comment 45
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